Rhapsody in Blue is one of the best segments of Fantasia 2000. It has the benefit of telling a good story (dreams coming true in unexpected ways) in an interesting way (through the drawings of Al Hirschfeld) with music that matches the flavour (George Gershwin). Like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (which will get to later), it is a testament to the fact that, with a good enough story, words aren’t even necessary. It’s strong enough on its own. The characters are defined through their look, their movement, their expressions; we know these folks, even thogh they don’t utter a single syllable because their words are painted on their faces. Words are superfluous.
And even if you don’t care for the story (but really, how could you not? It’s lovely), the music is great. I’m a Gershwin fan, always have been, and this is my favourite Gershwin number. And this is a perfect visual to go along with it.