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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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Hear the pictures! See the music! See more »


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

(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)

Color:

(1947-1955) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first film to be presented to the general public in full digital sound. In February 1985, the digitally re-recorded soundtrack premiered at the Plitt Century Plaza Theatre in Century City (Los Angeles). The theater was equipped with the Digital ready HPS-4000 sound system and had the acoustic power equivalent to 10 symphony orchestras. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

Connections

Edited into Jiminy Cricket's Christmas (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance of the Hours
(1876)
from the opera "La Gioconda"
Composed by Amilcare Ponchielli
Partly re-orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski (uncredited)
Played by The Philadelphia Orchestra (as The Philadelphia Orchestra)
Conducted by Leopold Stokowski
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Unusual & Very Creative
5 November 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This unusual and very creative classic of animation combines a very interesting idea with quite a bit of imagination, plus visual effects that still hold up quite well. All but a couple of the sequences are quite enjoyable, and some especially so. Even the segments that don't work as well are usually at least interesting, since you can at least appreciate what they were trying to accomplish.

You don't really have to be all that familiar with the specific pieces of music for it to be worthwhile, since in several cases they chose to match the music with material that is rather different in nature from any original context that it may have had. And in any case, the animated sequences are intended to provide the context, in terms of the movie.

No doubt, everyone will have his or her own favorite segments, based on the music itself and on the choice of accompanying visual material. The "Sorcerer's Apprentice" sequence, with Mickey Mouse, is certainly one of the most memorable. The adaptation of "The Rite of Spring" is quite imaginative in using an entirely different setting for the music. "Night on Bald Mountain" has striking and sometimes bizarre visuals.

Many of the classic Disney features still hold up well as family entertainment, but "Fantasia" is unique for its combination of imaginative concept and visual creativity. Not every minute of it works, but that's the price of being willing to experiment. It's an enjoyable and satisfying feature that well deserves to be remembered.


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