This is my take on the “Spring Sprite” from Disney’s Fantasia 2000, a piece set to Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird” suite, for Emma’s 5th birthday. Emma loves the video and she identifies with the Spring Sprite.
It was accented by a tower of chocolate butter icing and Flake-topped red velvet cupcakes representing the volcano, decorated with a sugar paste firebird.
Emma’s mommy also ordered cupcakes decorated with flowers, toadstools and butterflies for her school birthday circle.
Firebird Suite – Igor Stravinsky’s Disney’s Fantasia 2000
The story of a spring Sprite and her companion Elk. After a long winter, she restores the life to the forest but accidentally awakens the fiery spirit of destruction (the namesake Firebird of the piece) in a nearby volcano. The Firebird proceeds in destroying the forest and seemingly the sprite. She is restored to life however after the destruction and the forest life is reborn with her after some encouraging from the Elk. The story is considered an exercise in the theme of life-death-rebirth deities. The animation is based on the May 18th, 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The final tableau is a near analogue of the view of the volcano’s crater from “Windy Ridge”.