Fantasia – Stegosaurus meat and Wine (Grape Juice)

Quick links: Stegosaurus Meat | Bacchus’ Wine (Grape Juice) | Verdict

 While there aren’t any sugary treats in this movie, it sure is a visual treat.  From abstract colors, to unwieldy broomsticks, to evil demons, it is beautiful and has some amazing animation. If you have anything to do with visual arts in your life, you should watch this movie.

Stegosaurus Meat

One of my favorite parts of Fantasia as a kid was the dinosaur song (Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky). Mainly because I loved dinosaurs and still do. The battle between the T-rex and the Stegosaurus is one of the coolest scenes in the whole movie. It’s so cool that I decided to include gifs.

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(credit: Disney)

The bad T-rex wins and goes to eat poor little steggy.

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(credit: Disney)

Now, here’s the first (and possibly not the last) type of food I couldn’t get my hands on. I’ve been told that Stegosaurus meat has been discontinued as of 150 million years ago. Bummer.

But if you happen to get your hands on Stegosaurus meat, here’s a recipe.

Stegosaurus Meat

  • Servings: 1-200 (depending on if you're a T-rex or not)
  • Difficulty: Medium?
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Ingredients:
1 whole Stegosaurus
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  1. Find the Stegosaurus.
  2. Battle to the death against it.
  3. Kill it viciously.
  4. Marinate with rain water
  5. Sink your teeth into its warm flesh
  6. Roar triumphantly

    (credit: Disney)

    (credit: Disney)


Bacchus’ Wine

The next food shown was part of the section with all the mythological creatures (The Pastoral Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven). I don’t know why, but I hated this part of Fantasia as a kid. I always just wanted to fast-forward through it. Watching it again, it was entertaining.

In this scene, it shows a festival where centaurs, cupids, fauns and other creatures dance around. It shows some almost-scandalous pre-love making, where centaurs feed each other grapes and then a cupid covers the scene with a flowery curtain.

(credit: Disney)

After, all the creatures join together to make wine for the fat wine god, Bacchus.

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

Bacchus stumbles and sways as he drinks, so we can assume that what he is drinking is alcoholic.

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

However, since he drank the grapes right after they had been mashed, it didn’t have time to ferment. And since this is a family blog and we don’t drink alcohol, here’s a recipe for fresh grape juice!

Bacchus' Wine

  • Servings: 3.5
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
4 lbs Black or red grapes
  1. Clean and de-stem grapes.
  2. Place in large pot, mash with potato masher (or your fists) until fully mashed.
  3. Put on stove over high heat, bring to boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Place cheesecloth or fine mesh over bowl, tighten with rubber band so fabric is taut (we used tape).
  6. Pour boiled grapes on top of fabric, let sit and seep for a few hours.
  7. Fold cloth around grapes, squeeze out any extra juice, then discard cloth.
  8. Put juice in pitcher to chill before serving.

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Will it make your taste buds burst with a harmonious cacophony?

I had never had fresh grape juice. It was very sweet. It took a lot of work to get it, but I think it worth it. If I had a bunch of centaurs and fauns to make me gallons of it, I would swig it in a golden chalice every day.

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Verdict:

Stegosaurus Meat – ?/10 (But it’d probably be pretty good)

Bacchus’ Wine – 7/10 (giving it a lower score just because of the time it took to make it.)

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