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Fantasia (1940)

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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

21 July 1941 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bach to Stravinsky and Bach  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,280,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$76,400,000 (USA)
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Runtime:

(restored roadshow) | (original release) | (cut) | (VHS) | (VHS release)

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(RCA Sound Recording) (as Fantasound)| (2000 restoration)| (RCA Sound System)| (1990 restoration)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Pastoral Symphony" contains scenes of courting and romance between handsome young Centaurs and attractive young Centaurettes. There is a precursor for this idea and for the visuals of the couples. While it is unclear whether it served as a direct source for the Disney staff, there is an ancient work that features romance between Centaurs. The narrative poem "Metamorphoses" by Ovid (43 BC-18 AD) describes the romance between centaur Cyllarus and centauris Hylonome. Cyllarus is described as an extremely handsome young Centaur: "His beard was just beginning, a golden beard, and golden tresses fell down on his shoulders reaching to his flanks. High-mettled grace shone in his face; his neck, chest, shoulders, hands and every manly part seemed like a sculptor's much-praised masterpiece. Unblemished too his equine shape, nor less fine than his man's. With horse's head and neck he's make fit mount for Castor, so high stood his chest-muscles, so rideable his back. Jet black he was, the whole of him, save that his tail was white and legs were milk-white too." His romantic partner Hylonome is also described as a beautiful female centaur: "In the high woods there was none comelier of all the centaur-girls, and she alone by love and love's sweet words and winning ways held Cyllarus, yes, and the care she took to look her best (so far as that may be with limbs like that). She combed her glossy hair, and twined her curls in turn with rosemary or violets or roses, and sometimes she wore a pure white lily." 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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Deems Taylor: 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 ...
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Crazy Credits

This is the second Walt Disney feature-length film ("Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was the first) on which the credit "Walt Disney presents" never appears. It appeared on all the other feature-length films that Disney personally produced. See more »


Soundtracks

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
(1892)
(features the compositions "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy", "Chinese Dance", "Dance of the Reed Flutes", "Arabian Dance", "Russian Dance" and "Waltz of the Flowers")
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played by The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conducted by Leopold Stokowski
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Classic animation
10 April 2003 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

I've recently bought the Silly Symphonies DVD. My daughter Sarah and I have watched one cartoon every day, culminating in Fantasia. We didn't watch it all at once, but spread it over the course of a week (I tend to agree with other comments - it's too much for kids in one viewing). She sat on my lap and loved every minute of it, even 'Night on Bald Mountain'. I must admit I hadn't watched it for years and forgot about this section, but she wasn't scared by it. This is surprising when you consider the spider in 'Mother Goose Melodies' frightened her!

In my opinion Fantasia is the ultimate Silly Symphony. It's obvious all the groundwork for the film came from them, which is why it's so good - the artists had ten years to hone and perfect their skills while Walt Disney had the vision to realise it. I wonder if he had thought of it a decade earlier and waited until the right moment to create it...? It's a real shame he never lived to see its success because he deserved to.

It's hard to find the right words to surmise this film; I suppose I could break each section down and give my opinion as others have done, but as a whole - well, it's got good bits and bad bits; happy and sad bits, it's scary and funny and gloomy and sunny. It's spirited, colourful, sparkling, animated... but let's not get carried away here. It's only a film and some bits of it are quite boring.

If you randomly wound through it you could find yourself watching any one of the above, and this to me sums it up - it's unique. What other film can you say that about?

Fantasia is a light that will shine for generations to come. 9/10.


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