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
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Keeping in the tradition of "Fantasia" being a Stereophonic sound revolution at the time of its original release, Disney has always re-issued the film in the latest theatrical surround sound systems at the time of each re-issue since 1956: optical stereophonic sound (1956); digital re-recording of the soundtrack (Dolby Stereo reissue 1981-82); restored FantaSound Dolby Stereo reissue (1990). For home theater systems: Dolby Surround 3-4 channel sound (VHS, 1991), Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (DVD, 2000), and DTS 7.1 channel sound (Blu-ray Disc, 2010) There has never been a rerelease in theatrical Dolby Digital or DTS sound because the movie was released solely for the Home Video market since its VHS release. See more »
In the full-length introduction to the "Nutcracker Suite", heard only in the roadshow version of "Fantasia", Deems Taylor states that this music is from a longer ballet called "The Nutcracker", which "nobody performs it anymore". The full-length "Nutcracker" had not been performed in the U.S. yet in 1940, but in both Russia and England it had been staged in 1934, and had already been staged in Russia twice before that, in 1892 and 1919. However, although the "Nutcracker Suite" was immensely popular even in 1940, the full-length ballet was still a long way off from becoming the annual phenomenon it now is in the United States. See more »
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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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 »
I love it! Fantasia ranks as #1 on the list of best Disney movies for a few reasons, Here they are:
MUSIC Great music from start to finish. Night on Bald Mountain and Nutcracker are beautifully made. The way the music enhances the movie to near perfection is absolutely astounding. GOOD STUFF HERE!
ANIMATION The best. Not a bunch of computers like "Tarzan" and "Hercules." Artwork that is very detailed. Pictures that are unforgettable. Each animation frame belongs in a museum.
CHARACTERS Their silent yet better developed than the ones that speak. Why? No annoying voices. No patheticly corny speech. Hey, I can relate to the dinosaurs, demons, and flowers better than Aladdin or Belle.
Well Enough Said. ****1/2
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