A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

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Himself - Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra
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Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the death of the dinosaurs. "Dance of the Hours" is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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Fantasia Will Amazia! (1942 re-release) See more »


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Release Date:

25 December 1940 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Bach to Stravinsky and Bach  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,280,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$76,400,000 (USA)
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(restored roadshow) | (original release) | (cut) | (VHS) | (VHS release)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(1947-1955) (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Pastoral Symphony" was the most controversial segment of this film when it was released and still has its detractors. The decision to combine Ludwig van Beethoven's music with images and characters from Greco-Roman mythology was itself considered peculiar, but it was the depiction of the myths and general mood of the segment that was deemed inappropriate. It was considered too comical, too cute and too kitschy to take seriously. See more »

Goofs

When the Pegasus foals are jumping in the water, the blue one jumps in, becomes the orange one, then the blue one surfaces and the black one, who is shown diving afterwards, and the pink one is suddenly in the water. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: How do you do? My name is Deems Taylor, and it's my very pleasant duty to welcome you here on behalf of Walt Disney, Leopold Stokowski, and all the other artists and musicians whose combined talents went into the creation of this new form of entertainment, "Fantasia". What you're going to see are the designs and pictures and stories that music inspired in the minds and imaginations of a group of artists. In other words, these are not going to be the interpretations of trained ...
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Crazy Credits

Originally, the production credits were on a booklet distributed at the roadshow showings. They were finally put on screen for the 50th anniversary re-release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria, Op. 52 No. 6
(1825)
Composed by Franz Schubert
Special Lyrics by Rachel Field
Orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski (uncredited)
Sung in English by Julietta Novis and chorus
Choir Sung by Westminster Cathedral Choir (as Westminster Choir) of Westminster Choir College (uncredited) Charles Henderson,
Choral Director
Played by The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conducted by Leopold Stokowski
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For Back Then!!!!!!
1 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why is this film so incredible? If for no other reason, consider it is the year 1940!! Things like: Special effects, synthesized sound which interacted with animated motion, and color enhanced collage authentications, are things that just sort of roll off the end of our tongues today, but, back then, these techniques were very new to us!! Walt Disney is avant garde in so many uses of cartoon perfection!! In 1931, he came out with the first color cartoon. In 1937, the film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was a landmark in animated entertainment..."Fantasia" is absolutely one the best films ever made!! The color, the music, and the correlation between reality and illusionary depictions, culminated a brilliant montage of spectacular amusement for the movie audience!! My favorite segments were: Nutcracker Suite / The Russian Dance, Pastoral Symphony / Beethoven, and last but not least, Sorcerer's Apprentice / With Mickey Mouse. My mother said that I laughed hysterically for three hours in the movie theater at that scene with the multiplying brooms in the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment!! This film is synonymous with Christmas, as synonymous with Christmas as "It's a Wonderful Life" The movie "Fantasia" is considered one of the greatest films ever made, I wholeheartedly agree, in my book, it ranks 12th best movie ever!! "Fantasia" is usually in AFI's list of top 100 films ever made!! Imagery and the succinct use of color graphics are second nature with technical film artists today, back then, however, it was a revolutionary concept which dazzled the moviegoer!!! Walt Disney films are not just "cartoons" they are computerized digital artistry which evoke a rare art form of paramount escapism on the silver screen!! The "Fantasia 2000" movie was excellent too, but merely a rendition of the classic, while the segments were different, there just was not as much originality to them!! As a result, it lost a little panache in the process!! As a Chicagoan, I should like the "Fantasia 2000" more in one area: The music was performed by the Chicago Symphony!! In the original, the music was done by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra!! "Fantasia" is a rare treat that every movie aficionado should witness.. I definitely recommend seeing this movie, preferably around Christmas!!


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