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

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Himself - Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra
Deems Taylor ...
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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:

25 December 1940 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Bach to Stravinsky and Bach  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,280,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$361,800 (USA) (14 February 1941)
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(restored roadshow) | (original release) | (cut) | (VHS) | (VHS release)

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(1942 re-issue) (RCA Sound Recording) (3 channels) (4 channels) (5.0) (L-R) (LPCM) (musical score)| (1942 re-issue) (RCA Sound Recording) (3 channels) (4 channels) (5.0) (L-R) (LPCM) (musical score)| (1942 re-issue) (RCA Sound Recording) (3 channels) (4 channels) (5.0) (L-R) (LPCM) (musical score)| (1942 re-issue) (RCA Sound Recording) (3 channels) (4 channels) (5.0) (L-R) (LPCM) (musical score)| (1942 re-issue) (RCA Sound Recording) (3 channels) (4 channels) (5.0) (L-R) (LPCM) (musical score)

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(1947-1955) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After initially considering and then rejecting the suggestion that Dopey (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)) would be the star of what he saw as the ultimate Silly Symphony, Walt Disney decided that his favorite, Mickey Mouse (a character whose future on the silver screen was a prime concern for Walt), should play the key role in an animated special featuring the music "L'Apprenti Sorcie" (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) by French composer Paul Dukas instead. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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

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)
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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Best Animated Film Ever
17 November 1999 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

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.


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