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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?


James Wong Howe served as cinematographer for the live-action segments uncredited. See more »


In the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" sequence, as Mickey Mouse waves his hands in front of him to make the broom come to life, his sleeves spill over his hands. It then cuts to his shadow on the wall, where his hands are fully exposed. 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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Originally, the production credits were on a booklet distributed at the roadshow showings. They were finally put on screen for the 50th anniversary re-release. See more »


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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Composed by Paul Dukas
Partly re-orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski (uncredited)
Played by an unnamed orchestra (offscreen) and onscreen by The Philadelphia Orchestra (as The Philadelphia Orchestra) conducted by Leopold Stokowski
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My Favorite Disney Movie
29 December 1999 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

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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