Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
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 <email@example.com>
The term "Centaur" (as used in the film) has a somewhat disputed meaning. The English term derives from Latin "Centaurus" and Greek "Kentauros". The etymology of the Greek term has been uncertain since antiquity. There are theories that it partly derives from the Greek term "tauros" ("bull"). The tern "ken-" of the word is more unclear, though some theories connect it to the verb "kenteo" ("to prick", "to sting", "to hurt") and the noun "kentron" ("center", "midpoint", "focus", "peak", "tip", "needle"). These theories suggest that the term "kentauros" originally meant "the one who pricks bulls", "the one who hurts bulls", or "slayer of bulls". This could derive from ancient practices of cattle herding (needling the animals to control them), hunting of wild bulls, or local forms of bull-fighting (as practiced in Minoan Crete). Other modern theories have suggested a non-Greek origin for the term "Kentauros" and have connected it to possible cognates in other ancient languages. See more »
During the "Pastoral" segment, when the first centaur and centaurette walk away together arm-in-arm, a bush in the lower right fails to track properly, and winds up going with the pair. See more »
How do you do? Uh, 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 ...
See more »
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 »
This without a doubt the greatest animated film in history. While highly acclaimed and well-known today, it was not terribly popular when it was first released. The idea of "Fantasia" is to take great pieces of music and draw animated sequences that match them. In doing so, it reverses the purpose of a movie's score; the movie serves and matches the music, not the other way around. This set up also means that there is no typical formula plot that is present in the vast majority of movies. In the first piece, the animation is vague and abstract, but in later ones it is of definite actions, objects, and stories. The two most famous(and my favorite) parts are probably "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Rite of Spring". "Fantasia" is not only the best animated film ever made, but one of the greatest films period.
48 of 66 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?