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Release Date:
25 December 1940 (Brazil) See more »
Tagline:
Where every sound creates a picture See more »
Plot:
A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leopold Stokowski ... Himself - Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra
Deems Taylor ... Himself - Narrative Introductions
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Corey Burton ... Narrator: Deems Taylor overdubs (2000 restoration) (voice) (uncredited)

Walt Disney ... Mickey Mouse (segment 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice') (voice) (uncredited)
James MacDonald ... Percussionist (uncredited)
Julietta Novis ... Soloist (segment 'Ave Maria') (singing voice) (uncredited)
Paul J. Smith ... Violinist (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Ferguson (segment "Dance of the Hours") (as Norm Ferguson)
James Algar (uncredited in most releases) (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Samuel Armstrong (uncredited in most releases) (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" and "The Nutcracker Suite")
Ford Beebe Jr. (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (uncredited)
Jim Handley (uncredited in most releases) (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
T. Hee (uncredited in most releases) (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Wilfred Jackson (uncredited in most releases) (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Hamilton Luske (uncredited in most releases) (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Bill Roberts (uncredited in most releases) (segment "Rite of Spring")
Paul Satterfield (uncredited in most releases) (segment "Rite of Spring")
Ben Sharpsteen (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Joe Grant (story direction) &
Dick Huemer (story direction)

Lee Blair (story development) (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") &
Elmer Plummer (story development) (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") &
Phil Dike (story development) (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor")

Sylvia Moberly-Holland (story development) (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") &
Norman Wright (story development) (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") &
Albert Heath (story development) (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") &
Bianca Majolie (story development) (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") &
Graham Heid (story development) (segment "The Nutcracker Suite")

Perce Pearce (story development) (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") &
Carl Fallberg (story development) (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")

William Martin (story development and research) (segment "Rite of Spring") &
Leo Thiele (story development and research) (segment "Rite of Spring") &
Robert Sterner (story development and research) (segment "Rite of Spring") &
John McLeish (story development and research) (segment "Rite of Spring") (as John Fraser McLeish)

Otto Englander (story development) (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") &
Webb Smith (story development) (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") &
Erdman Penner (story development) (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") &
Joseph Sabo (story development) (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") &
Bill Peet (story development) (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (as Bill Peed) &
Vernon Stallings (story development) (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (as George Stallings)

Campbell Grant (story development) (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") &
Arthur Heinemann (story development) (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") &
Phil Dike (story development) (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
Ben Sharpsteen .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (live-action) (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ken Anderson (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (as Kenneth Anderson)
Bruce Bushman (segment "The Nutcracker Suite")
Arthur Byram (segment "The Nutcracker Suite")
Tom Codrick (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Robert Cormack (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" and "The Nutcracker Suite")
Harold Doughty (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Yale Gracey (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Hugh Hennesy (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
John Hubley (segment "Rite of Spring")
Dick Kelsey (segment "Rite of Spring")
Gordon Legg (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (as J. Gordon Legg)
Kay Nielsen (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Lance Nolley (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Ernie Nordli (segment "Dance of the Hours") (as Ernest Nordli)
Kendall O'Connor (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Charles Payzant (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Curt Perkins (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") (as Curtiss D. Perkins)
Charles Philippi (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Thor Putnam (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Herbert Ryman (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Zack Schwartz (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Terrell Stapp (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
McLaren Stewart (segment "Rite of Spring")
Al Zinnen (segment "The Nutcracker Suite")
 
Production Management
Ben Sharpsteen .... production supervisor
Walt Pfeiffer .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Bruner .... assistant director (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (uncredited)
Mike Holoboff .... assistant director (uncredited)
Larry Lansburgh .... assistant director (uncredited)
Bob Ogle .... assistant director (uncredited)
Erwin L. Verity .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Wah Chang .... character maquettes (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William E. Garity .... recordist
J.N.A. Hawkins .... recordist
C.O. Slyfield .... recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Dan MacManus .... special animation effects (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") (as Daniel MacManus)
Joshua Meador .... special animation effects (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Gail Papineau .... special camera effects (segments "Rite of Spring" and "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Leonard Pickley .... special camera effects (segments "Rite of Spring" and "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Miles E. Pike .... special animation effects (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
John Reed .... special animation effects (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") (as John F. Reed)
Edwin Aardal .... effects animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (uncredited)
Tom Barnes .... effects animator (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") (uncredited)
Andy Engman .... effects animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (uncredited)
Frank Follmer .... effects animator (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") (uncredited)
Abra Grupp .... digital paint artist: restoration (uncredited)
Dan MacManus .... effects animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (uncredited)
John McManus .... effects animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (uncredited)
Joshua Meador .... effects animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (uncredited)
Cornett Wood .... effects animator (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Max Morgan .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Edwin Aardal .... animator (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" and "Rite of Spring")
Dick Anthony .... background artist (segments "The Pastoral Symphony" and "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") (as W. Richard Anthony)
Art Babbitt .... animation supervisor (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Art Babbitt .... animator (segment "The Nutcracker Suite")
Preston Blair .... animator (segments "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Dance of the Hours")
James Bodrero .... character designer (segments "The Pastoral Symphony" and "Dance of the Hours")
Jack Bradbury .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Paul Busch .... animator (segment "Rite of Spring")
Jack Campbell .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Nino Carbe .... background artist (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" and "The Nutcracker Suite")
Bob Carlson .... animator (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") (as Robert W. Carlson Jr.)
Les Clark .... animator (segments "The Nutcracker Suite", "Dewdrop Fairies" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", Mickey Mouse)
Claude Coats .... background artist (segments "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "The Pastoral Symphony")
Charles Conner .... background artist (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Merle Cox .... background artist (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Ugo D'Orsi .... animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Al Dempster .... background artist (segments "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Dance of the Hours") (as Albert Dempster)
Phil Duncan .... animator (segment "Rite of Spring")
Art Elliott .... animator (segment "Dance of the Hours")
John Elliotte .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Norman Ferguson .... animation supervisor (segment "Dance of the Hours") (as Norm Ferguson)
Roy Forkum .... background artist (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Hugh Fraser .... animator (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Franklin Grundeen .... animator (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Harry Hamsel .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Eric Hansen .... background artist (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
John Hench .... background artist (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" and "The Nutcracker Suite")
Ray Huffine .... background artist (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Earl Hurd .... character designer (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Ollie Johnston .... animation supervisor (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (as Oliver M. Johnston Jr.)
Bill Justice .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Lynn Karp .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Walt Kelly .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Ward Kimball .... animation supervisor (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Paul B. Kossoff .... animator (segment "Rite of Spring")
Ethel Kulsar .... background artist (segment "The Nutcracker Suite")
Ethel Kulsar .... character designer (segment "The Nutcracker Suite")
Eric Larson .... animation supervisor (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Ed Levitt .... background artist (segment "Rite of Spring") (as Edward Levitt)
Ray Lockrem .... background artist (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Hicks Lokey .... animator (segment "Dance of the Hours")
John Lounsbery .... animator (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Ed Love .... animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (as Edward Love)
Don Lusk .... animator (segments "The Nutcracker Suite" and "The Pastoral Symphony")
Brice Mack .... background artist (segment "Rite of Spring")
Dan MacManus .... animator (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") (as Daniel MacManus)
Murray McClellan .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
John McManus .... animator (segments "Rite of Spring" and "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Joshua Meador .... animation supervisor (segment "Rite of Spring")
Joshua Meador .... animator (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor")
John P. Miller .... character designer (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Fred Moore .... animation supervisor (segments "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "The Pastoral Symphony")
James Moore .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Milt Neil .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Gerald Nevius .... background artist (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Lester Novros .... animator (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Art Palmer .... animator (segments "Toccata and Fugue D in Minor", "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Rite of Spring")
Don Patterson .... animator (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Ray Patterson .... animator (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Elmer Plummer .... character designer (segment "The Nutcracker Suite")
Martin Provensen .... character designer (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Wolfgang Reitherman .... animation supervisor (segment "Rite of Spring")
Art Riley .... background artist (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (as Arthur Riley)
George Rowley .... animator (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Duke Russell .... character designer (segment "Dance of the Hours")
William Shull .... animator (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") (as William N. Shull)
Grant Simmons .... animator (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Lorna S. Soderstrom .... character designer (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Stan Spohn .... background artist (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Joe Stahley .... background artist (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor")
Ed Starr .... background artist (segment "Rite of Spring")
Robert Stokes .... animator (segment "The Nutcracker Suite")
Robert Storms .... background artist (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
Howard Swift .... animator (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Norman Tate .... animator (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Riley Thomson .... animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (as Riley Thompson)
Don Tobin .... animator (segment "Rite of Spring")
Harvey Toombs .... animator (segment "Dance of the Hours")
Don Towsley .... animation supervisor (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Bill Tytla .... animation supervisor (segments "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") (as Vladimir Tytla)
John Walbridge .... character designer (segment "The Nutcracker Suite")
Bernard Wolf .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (as Berny Wolf)
Cornett Wood .... animator (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Marvin Woodward .... animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Cy Young .... animator (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", "The Nutcracker Suite" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Robert W. Youngquist .... animator (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
Lee J. Ames .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Xavier Atencio .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Jerome Brown .... animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (uncredited)
N. Brown .... animator (uncredited)
Brad Case .... animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (uncredited)
George De Beeson .... animator (uncredited)
Jack Dunham .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Russ Dyson .... animator (uncredited)
Art Fitzpatrick .... animator (uncredited)
Joseph Gayek .... animator (uncredited)
William T. Hurtz .... animation assistant (uncredited)
M. James .... animator (uncredited)
Volus Jones .... animator (uncredited)
Hank Ketcham .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Fred Madison .... animator (uncredited)
Jerry Madison .... animator (uncredited)
Bill Melendez .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Art Moore .... animator (uncredited)
Paul Murry .... animator (uncredited)
Paul Murry .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Amby Paliwoda .... animator (uncredited)
Willis Pyle .... assistant animator (uncredited)
John Reed .... animator (uncredited)
M. Rossi .... animator (uncredited)
Retta Scott .... animator (uncredited)
D. Stark .... animator (uncredited)
Sandy Strother .... animator (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") (uncredited)
David Swift .... animator (uncredited)
Frank Thomas .... animator (uncredited)
Bob Wickersham .... animator (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (uncredited)
Jim Will .... animator (uncredited)
Vernon G. Witt .... animator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Bill Wilner .... assistant editor (1990 restoration) (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Irwin Kostal .... conductor (1982 rerecording)
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer: 1982 rerecording
Stephen Csillag .... musical film editor (uncredited)
James MacDonald .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Edward H. Plumb .... musical director (uncredited)
Paul J. Smith .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Deems Taylor .... musical advisor (uncredited)
Edgar G. Ulmer .... music recording supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marge Champion .... movement model (uncredited)
Nigel De Brulier .... live action model: Sorcerer in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (uncredited)
Jules Engel .... choreographer (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Walt Disney's Fantasia" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
USA:124 min (restored roadshow version) | USA:125 min (original release) | USA:80 min (cut version) | USA:118 min (VHS version) | USA:120 min (VHS release)
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Color:
Color (1947-1955) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
For "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", Mickey Mouse was redesigned by Fred Moore to give him a more modern look and eyes with pupils for the first time. By the time the movie was finally released (two years after "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was supposed to be finished as a stand-alone short), four regular Mickey Mouse films (starting with The Pointer (1939) and the promotional short Mickey's Surprise Party (1939)) had been completed and released using the new Mickey design.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence, as Mickey walks toward a stone wall his shadow grows slowly larger. Instead, it should grow smaller.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...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Land Before Time (1988)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jam Session SequenceSee more »

FAQ

How many different versions of Fantasia are there?
How come many of the pieces do not follow a story?
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51 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic, 23 July 1999
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

There cannot be one verdict on "Fantasia". There must be eight: one for each of the seven segments, and an eighth for the film as a whole - for, varied though the seven segments are, they undeniably belong together. And, alas, space does not permit me to lay out all eight verdicts. I shall have to confine myself to details representative of the whole. At any rate, I shall try.

We learn the modus operandi of "Fantasia", the linking theme, in the second segment - an abridged version of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" suite. (Missing are the overture and the march.) Tchaikovsky's ballet involves anthropomorphising inanimate things, plus the odd tiny animal. So does Disney's "Nutcracker". But Disney has thrown out the particular details. The Chinese Dance is danced by mushrooms (who look, but are not, Chinese); the Arabian Dance by "Arabian" goldfish; the Russian dance by "Russian" thistles and orchids. Sometimes it goes further: "Waltz of the Flowers" shows two entire changes of seasons, with leaves, fairies, seed pods, seeds, snowflakes - everything but flowers. But in ignoring the letter of the instructions Disney is perfectly true to the spirit. Indeed he is more true to the spirit than the original ballet - for, let's face it: stage ballet is a degenerate and over-formalised art, which makes some of the world's most exciting music dull as wallpaper. Disney's amazing images express Tchaikovsky's sense of motion more than earthbound dancers ever could. This, one feels, is the kind of thing ballet music was TRULY designed for. The same goes to a lesser extent for the other two pieces of ballet music on the program.

This basic device - ignoring explicit instructions, but remaining true to the spirit - is carried through into every segment. (Some segments are better than others, but none can be called a failure.) Dukas's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" has been turned into a Mickey Mouse cartoon - but it's the best Mickey Mouse cartoon ever made; and we realise that the story of the Sorcerer's Apprentice is really the archetype that all of the best Mickey Mouse cartoons had been reaching towards, all along. The Pastoral Symphony adheres to Beethoven's program but moves everything from the woods of Central Europe to a dreamland from classical mythology. (The second movement - the section with the courting centaurs - is a failure. For once the spirit as well as the letter of Beethoven is ignored. Unfortunately some critics cannot see beyond this movement to the superb interpretations that flank it on either side.)

I doubt that so much genuine creative work has gone into a film, before or since - even if you don't count the contributions made by the composers. What's my favourite film? I really don't know. But if you tell me that I must sit in a large dark cinema for two hours; and ask me what I would like to occupy my eyes and ears over those two hours, I would answer, without hesitation, Fantasia.

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