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Background information
Feature films Fantasia 2000
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions World of Color
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators John Pomeroy
Performance model
Designer Paul and Gaetan Brizzi
Inspiration The eruption of Mount St. Helens
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Violent, destructive, merciless, demonic, monstrous, hateful, fiery, infernal, mysterious
Appearance Gigantic and slender phoenix spirit formed from a volcano
Occupation Spirit of destruction, primal force, fire elemental
Goal To cause mass destruction upon the world; to be left alone (succeeded)
Home A volcano
Enemies The Spring Sprite
Likes Breathing fire, being left alone, sleeping
Dislikes The Spring Sprite getting away, being interrupted from its slumber
Powers and abilities The ability to create and spread fire and lava
Fate Successfully destroys the forest surrounding his volcano and returns to his slumber; the Spring Sprite later revives the local flora

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.



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.


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.


The Disney Wiki and Disney Fan Fiction Wiki has a collection of images and media related to The Firebird.


  • 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.

Media: Fantasia | Fantasia 2000 | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | Video game | House of Mouse | Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance | Fantasia: Music Evolved

Shorts: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor | Nutcracker Suite | The Sorcerer's Apprentice | The Rite of Spring | The Pastoral Symphony | Dance of the Hours | Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria | Symphony No. 5 | Pines of Rome | Rhapsody in Blue | Piano Concerto No. 2 | The Carnival of the Animals | Pomp and Circumstance | The Firebird Suite

Shorts from the Unfinished Third Fantasia: Destino | The Little Matchgirl

Characters: Mickey Mouse | Donald Duck | Daisy Duck | Yen Sid | Chernabog | Chernabog's minions | Magic Brooms | Tyrannosaurus Rex | Stegosaurus | Triceratops | Pteranodon | Bacchus | Jacchus | Centaurs | Centaurettes | Melinda | Brudus | Iris | Zeus | Vulcan | Madame Upanova and her ostriches | Hyacinth Hippo and her hippos | Elephanchine and her elephants | Ben Ali Gator and his alligators | Colorful Triangles | Black Triangles | Humpback Whales | Duke | Rachel | Flying John | Killjoy Margaret | Jobless Joe | Tin Soldier | Ballerina | Jack-in-the-Box | Yo Yo Flamingo | Snooty Flamingos | Noah | Spring Sprite | The Elk | Firebird | Mother Pegasus | Sunflower | Boreas | Artemis | Nyx

Interstitial Hosts: Steve Martin | Bette Midler | James Earl Jones | Angela Lansbury

Locations: Yen Sid's tower | Bald Mountain | New York City

Songs: Ave Maria