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Fantasia (1940)

G  |   |  Animation, Family, Fantasy  |  25 December 1940 (Brazil)
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A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.


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Complete credited cast:
Himself - Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra
Deems Taylor ...
Himself - Narrative Introductions


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 <>

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Release Date:

25 December 1940 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Bach to Stravinsky and Bach  »

Box Office


$2,280,000 (estimated)


$76,400,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


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

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


(1947-1955) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The static title card was originally shown at the film's midway-point instead of at the beginning to introduce a 15-minute intermission used in the roadshow release; the "FANTASIA" title would remain projected on the house curtains until the beginning of the film's second act. Subsequent edited re-releases of the film shifted the title card from its intermission to its actual beginning, but for the 2000 DVD restoration the title card is returned to the original midway-point, and even includes the 'RKO Radio Pictures' distribution credit. See more »


The creatures gathered at the dinosaur water hole include animals exclusive to different time periods. Stegosaurs lived only in the Jurassic Period, Ceratopsians only in the Cretaceous, and Dimetrodons only in the Permian. It is possible that this was not yet known in 1940. See more »


[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

The roadshow cut of the film features no credits or title music, just the art deco title card placed at the intermission. The general release cut (the one shown most often) places the title card at the beginning, as on most films. See more »


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The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreographed by Jules Engel (uncredited)
Played by The Philadelphia Orchestra (as The Philadelphia Orchestra)
Conducted by Leopold Stokowski
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A Classic
5 December 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Disney's "Fantasia" is a pure classic.

What we are shown are a few animated musicals, filled with grand splendor and vivid colors.

"Fantasia" is one of those films that everyone knows by heart, and has watched since being a child.

My personal favorite was always the Mickey Mouse short - one of the darkest Mickey cartoons I've ever seen.

If you haven't seen "Fantasia" yet, then you must be from another planet. It is one of the best Disney musicals ever, which some push aside and forget too easily.

5/5 stars-

John Ulmer

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