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Writers:
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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:
6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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For Back Then!!!!!! See more (163 total) »

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)
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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)
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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Language:
Color:
Color (1947-1955) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (1942 re-issue) (RCA Sound Recording) (3 channels) (4 channels) (5.0) (L-R) (LPCM) (musical score) | 4-Track Stereo (1942 re-issue) (RCA Sound Recording) (3 channels) (4 channels) (5.0) (L-R) (LPCM) (musical score) | 6-Track Stereo (1942 re-issue) (RCA Sound Recording) (3 channels) (4 channels) (5.0) (L-R) (LPCM) (musical score) | Spectra-Stereo (1942 re-issue) (RCA Sound Recording) (3 channels) (4 channels) (5.0) (L-R) (LPCM) (musical score) | Stereo (1942 re-issue) (RCA Sound Recording) (3 channels) (4 channels) (5.0) (L-R) (LPCM) (musical score)

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Trivia:
This is thought to be the first American film to be released with no credits at all shown on-screen except for the intermission title card (not even the customary "Walt Disney presents"). Other than the film's title, the phrases "Color by Technicolor," "copyright 1940 by The Walt Disney Company" "certificate # 5940" and "RCA Sound Recording" are on the one frame. Programs containing the credits were distributed to patrons at the initial showings of the movie in 1940. The data was added to the 1990 50th anniversary edition at the end of the movie and is used in IMDb's credits as though they were in the original movie.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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...
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Movie Connections:
References The Wizard's Apprentice (1930)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rite of SpringSee more »

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19 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
For Back Then!!!!!!, 1 June 2007
Author: dataconflossmoor from United States

Why is this film so incredible? If for no other reason, consider it is the year 1940!! Things like: Special effects, synthesized sound which interacted with animated motion, and color enhanced collage authentications, are things that just sort of roll off the end of our tongues today, but, back then, these techniques were very new to us!! Walt Disney is avant garde in so many uses of cartoon perfection!! In 1931, he came out with the first color cartoon. In 1937, the film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was a landmark in animated entertainment..."Fantasia" is absolutely one the best films ever made!! The color, the music, and the correlation between reality and illusionary depictions, culminated a brilliant montage of spectacular amusement for the movie audience!! My favorite segments were: Nutcracker Suite / The Russian Dance, Pastoral Symphony / Beethoven, and last but not least, Sorcerer's Apprentice / With Mickey Mouse. My mother said that I laughed hysterically for three hours in the movie theater at that scene with the multiplying brooms in the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment!! This film is synonymous with Christmas, as synonymous with Christmas as "It's a Wonderful Life" The movie "Fantasia" is considered one of the greatest films ever made, I wholeheartedly agree, in my book, it ranks 12th best movie ever!! "Fantasia" is usually in AFI's list of top 100 films ever made!! Imagery and the succinct use of color graphics are second nature with technical film artists today, back then, however, it was a revolutionary concept which dazzled the moviegoer!!! Walt Disney films are not just "cartoons" they are computerized digital artistry which evoke a rare art form of paramount escapism on the silver screen!! The "Fantasia 2000" movie was excellent too, but merely a rendition of the classic, while the segments were different, there just was not as much originality to them!! As a result, it lost a little panache in the process!! As a Chicagoan, I should like the "Fantasia 2000" more in one area: The music was performed by the Chicago Symphony!! In the original, the music was done by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra!! "Fantasia" is a rare treat that every movie aficionado should witness.. I definitely recommend seeing this movie, preferably around Christmas!!

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