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Fantasia (1940)

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

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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:

21 July 1941 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bach to Stravinsky and Bach  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,280,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,047,613 (USA) (5 October 1990)

Gross:

$76,408,097 (USA)
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(restored roadshow) | (original release) | (cut) | (VHS) | (VHS release)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording) (as Fantasound)| (RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The dance-like parts of the "Pastoral Symphony" (1808) were inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven's impressions of Austrian country dances, which typically took place in the late afternoon. The participants in the dance were usually farmers who enjoyed themselves following their daily work in the fields. The scherzo even contains imitation of the amateur-like musicians who played in rural bands, and represents a humorous depiction of their ineptness. Beethoven was reportedly inspired by watching a specific band of this type, where the oboist could not find the downbeat and the bassoonist was drunk and kept dozing off mid-performance. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Deems Taylor: How do you do? Uh, 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 shows the title card at the intermission rather than the beginning, as on most prints. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Rite of Spring
(1913)
Composed by Igor Stravinsky
Partly re-orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski (uncredited)
Played by 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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