I really can't decide which Toccata movie is better. The original, where the orchestra is conducted by Stokowski, is very much a product of its time and to my ears sounds almost like a cross with a 1940's musical, but on the other hand, the sound is warmer and it's 100% synchronized with the picture. Musically I prefer the 1982 recording, but the movie is sound AND picture, so I can't decide even for myself. Let the readers decide for themselves, and maybe comment, please.
By all means, it was the golden age of the Disney studios.
Some time ago, Vancouver Opera started an animation contest OperaBot. The rule was to create an animated film between 0.5 and 4 minutes of any of the four operas performed this season in Vancouver - Norma, Nixon in China, The Marriage of Figaro and Madama Butterfly.
This was the winner in Chicago and was used for inspiration:
In Vancouver, 11 of the 16 contest shorts were dealing with Madama Butterfly, so it should not come as a surprise that this number included all winners. Only four featured Le Nozze and only one was about Norma. Here's Winner #3, focusing on the dramatic side of Puccini's masterpiece:
Winner #2, called "Fragile", on its beauty and is my personal favourite:
Winner #3, "Final OperaBot" on the fun (OperaBot, get it?):
This film is, too, Madame Butterfly, but frufru likes it even though it didn't win:
This is also a very beautiful and touching short of Madama Butterfly:
Finally, the one and only Norma:
Last but not least, a cute Marriage of Figaro:
More can be found in this YouTube playlist. Let's hope that more contests of this sort will be held via YouTube!