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The Firebird is the main antagonist of The Firebird Suite. He is a giant, phoenix-like lava spirit who is accidentally woken up by the Spring Sprite with a small, tiny touch of her fingertips.

Background

Personality

The Firebird has no alliances; he serves no one, he cannot distinguish friend from foe - he is a primal living force of destruction. He lives only to destroy and seemingly despises all that brings life and creation (like the Spring Sprite). His only weakness is that he only destroys - he cannot create (other than fire and lava) nor can he persist, as he returned to his slumber when there is nothing left for him to destroy.

This interpretation of the Firebird actually conflicts with the original version of Igor Stravinsky's ballet. In it, he was described as a benevolent, peaceful being who bore no traits of evil. However, Disney's version was violent, destructive, and merciless, showing no qualms of destroying a newly created forest.

Physical appearance

The Firebird appears to be a giant eagle with huge wings and its whole body is made entirely out of lava. He also has glowing yellow eyes. He was animated by well-known animator John Pomeroy.

Appearances

Fantasia 2000

When the Firebird was accidentally awoken from his hibernation state by the Spring Sprite, when she touched the stone on his volcano for curiosity, he unleashed a brutal and terrifying display of its destructive power on the Sprite's and Elk's forest. It is unknown why he attacked the former, to begin with, though the most likely possibilities are he was enraged for being awakened, or that he simply felt the urge to begin a chaotic rampage. He pursued the Sprite until she climbed on one big tree which she was trapped. The destructive phoenix then gave her a final hit that turned her into a tiny, helpless creature. After the destruction of the forest was done, he returned to his slumber.

Disney Parks

Disneyland Resort

The Firebird takes part in World of Color at Disney California Adventure, during the "Colors of Fear" sequence.

He also appeared in the Halloween version of the show: World of Color: Villainous.

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Trivia

  • If you look closely while the Firebird's awakening, you can see evil spirits, demons, and lost souls swarming around.
  • He shares many similarities to Chernabog, the villain from "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria" in the original film. They both emerge from a mountain, they wreak chaos, they can both manipulate fire, they are both forces of destruction, and good ultimately triumphed over both of them, although the Firebird is not necessarily evil like Chernabog. It is interesting to note that they both appeared in the last segment of the two movies. However Chernabog is a force of evil while the Firebird is a force of nature. Another difference between them is despite the fact that the Sprite restores life to the forest, the Firebird leaves on its own terms, whereas Chernabog is forced to cease his evil antics by a holy bell.
  • He is the only actual character from Igor Stravinsky's ballet to appear in the segment.
  • In Once Upon a Time, the Firebird is mentioned by Henry when he chose the name of Emma's new operation to rescue Captain Hook in Hades' world.
  • The Firebird's lava-like appearance and destructive behavior are similar to that of the Lava Titan from Hercules.


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Media
Films: Fantasia (Video) (Soundtrack) • Fantasia 2000 (Video) (Soundtrack) • The Sorcerer's ApprenticeNight on Bald Mountain

Video Games: FantasiaKingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop DistanceDisney INFINITYFantasia: Music EvolvedDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Sorcerer's Arena

Disney Parks
Cinderella Castle Mystery TourDisney Animation BuildingFantasia CarouselFantasia Gardens Miniature GolfFantasy GardensPrimeval WorldLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicSorcerers of the Magic KingdomThe Sorcerer's HatVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic!Le Livre Magique de MickeyMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the Magical MapOnce Upon a MouseVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: Fantasia Gelati
Parades: Disney's FantillusionDisney's Party ExpressDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Magic HappensParade of the StarsSpectroMagic
Fireworks: Celebrate! Tokyo DisneylandWe Love Mickey!WishesWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color
Halloween: Celebrate the MagicHappy Hallowishes

Characters
Fantasia: Mickey MouseSugar Plum FairiesNutcracker Suite DancersYen SidMagic BroomsTyrannosaurus RexStegosaurusTriceratopsPteranodonCorythosaurusApatosaurusDiplodocusOrnithomimusBrachiosaurusCeratosaurusKannemeyeriaEdmontosaurusParasaurolophusDimetrodonTylosaurusPlateosaurusAnkylosaurusCompsognathusArchaeopteryxTroodonOviraptorBacchusJacchusCentaursCentaurettesMelindaBrudusIrisMorpheusDianaZeusApolloVulcanBoreasMother PegasusFather PegasusPegasi SiblingsPeter PegasusCherubsSatyrsUnicornsMadame UpanovaOstrichesHyacinth HippoHipposElephanchineBen Ali GatorAlligatorsChernabogChernabog's Minions

Fantasia 2000: Donald DuckDaisy DuckColorful TrianglesBlack TrianglesHumpback WhalesDukeFlying JohnKilljoy MargaretJoeRachelNasty NannyTin SoldierBallerinaJack-in-the-BoxYo Yo FlamingoSnooty FlamingosNoahSpring SpriteThe ElkThe Firebird
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Balthazar BlakeDavid "Dave" StutlerMaxim HorvathRebecca "Becky" BarnesDrake StoneVeronica GorloisenMorgana le FayMerlinAbigail WilliamsSun Lok
Deleted: OtikaSunflowerNutcracker Sentries

Segments
Fantasia: Toccata and Fugue in D MinorNutcracker SuiteThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe Rite of SpringThe Pastoral SymphonyDance of the HoursNight on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria

Fantasia 2000: Symphony No. 5Pines of RomeRhapsody in BluePiano Concerto No. 2The Carnival of the AnimalsPomp and CircumstanceThe Firebird Suite

Locations
Yen Sid's TowerBald MountainNew York CityPrehistory
Deleted and unused concepts
Unused Fantasia SegmentsClair de LuneSunflowerOtikaEgret CoupleNaiadsDestinoThe Little MatchgirlOne by OneLorenzo
Objects
Sorcerer HatGrimholdMerlin's RingEncantus


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Members
The Evil Queen † • ChernabogQueen of HeartsCaptain HookMaleficent † • Cruella de VilUrsula † • Jafar † • Scar † • HadesDr. Facilier

Other Members: Big Bad WolfPeteThe Headless HorsemanMortimer MouseBr'er FoxBr'er BearHonest JohnGideonStromboliThe CoachmanMonstroHitchhiking Ghosts † • Lonesome Ghosts † • Lady TremaineAnastasia TremaineDrizella TremaineLuciferMr. SmeeSi and AmDiablo † • Jasper and HoraceMadam MimKaaShere KhanEdgar BalthazarPrince JohnSir HissSheriff of NottinghamMadame MedusaHorned King † • Ratigan † • FeliciaBill Sykes † • HeffalumpsWoozlesFlotsam and Jetsam † • McLeach † • Gaston † • IagoShenzi, Banzai, and EdOogie Boogie † • Governor RatcliffeClaude Frollo † • Pain and PanicFatesShan Yu † • Clayton † • YzmaKronkCaptain GantuDr. HämstervielDOR-15Michael "Goob" YagoobianQueen Narissa † • LawrenceMother Gothel † • The Stabbington BrothersKing Candy † • Sour BillHansYokaiBellwetherTamatoa
Pixar Villains: Sid PhillipsHopper † • Emperor ZurgRandall BoggsHenry J. Waternoose IIISyndrome † • Lots-o'-Huggin' BearMor'du † • Ernesto de la Cruz
Guest Villains: Sarah Sanderson † • Winifred Sanderson † • Mary Sanderson

Disney Parks
Celebrate A Dreams Come True ParadeCelebrate the MagicCinderella Castle Mystery TourClub VillainDisney's FantillusionDisney's Maleficious Halloween PartyDisney's Not-So-Scary Halloween ShowDisney's Once Upon a Dream ParadeDisney Dreams!Disney's Stars 'n' Cars... As Never Seen BeforeFantasmic!Feel the MagicFrightfully Fun ParadeGlow in the Park Halloween ParadeHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularInferno Dance PartyIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsIt's Good to Be Bad Villainous CelebrationIt's Party Time... with Mickey and Friends... and the Disney VillainsMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadeMickey and his Magic Halloween NightRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeSorcerers of the Magic KingdomThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeThe Nightmare ExperimentThe Villains WorldUnleash the VillainsVillains GardensVillainy in the SkyVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out!Villains Tonight!WishesWorld of Color
Media
Mickey's House of VillainsOnce Upon a HalloweenDisney Villains: Simply Sinister Songs

Video Games: Disney Villains ChallengeDisney's Villains' Revenge
Books: Disney Villains: The Essential GuideDisney Villains: Delightfully Evil: The Creation • The Inspiration • The Fascination

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