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Fantasia (1940)

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

Directors:

James Algar (uncredited), Samuel Armstrong (uncredited) | 10 more credits »

Writers:

Joe Grant (story direction), Dick Huemer (story direction) | 23 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Deems Taylor Deems Taylor ... Self - Narrative Introductions
Leopold Stokowski ... Self - Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra The Philadelphia Orchestra ... Themselves
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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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Trivia

The film opened at the Broadway Theater in New York City. Tickets were charged at a higher rate because it was such a prestige production (and to cover some of the costs of converting the theater to stereophonic sound). Ticket demand was so high that extra telephone operators were hired to cope with the number of calls. The film ran for a record-breaking 57 weeks. See more »

Goofs

The character Chernobog, the demon in the sequence "A Night on Bald Mountain", switches from no nipples on his chest to having nipples numerous times. 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 "Fantasia" title card for all releases prior to 1990 (including the original roadshow version) was slightly different from the one seen in the 1990 re-release and in the videocassette version. In the original title card, the letters spelling out the word "Fantasia" are of a slightly different shade of color, as is the blue background, and the title card reads "In Technicolor", just below the word "Fantasia". There is also an RKO logo at the bottom. In the 1990 version, there is no RKO logo, and below the title it says "Color By Technicolor". See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original roadshow version only, just as Deems Taylor is about to announce the segment "The Rite of Spring", there is a terrific offscreen crash, and we see that the percussionist has accidentally fallen against the chimes. He is shown sheepishly picking himself up, while Taylor chuckles. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski (uncredited)
Played by The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conducted by Leopold Stokowski
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A human Movie
18 October 2017 | by sethsholtesSee all my reviews

2017 is a year of technical marvel. Looking at movies of today, we see massive, stunning works of animation. We can now achieve computer generated images that look nearly indistinguishable from reality, and at the forefront of movie making today is Disney. Through Marvel, Disney creates multiple action packed superhero blockbusters a year. Star Wars, after it's 2015 revival, has new movies being released annually. Pixar, after creating several successful franchises, is now resting on its laurels, creating sequels like Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Cars 3 and Incredibles 2. Even Disney's in house animation team is finding success, bringing back the Disney princess formula with movies like Frozen and Moana. However, amidst all this success, we have lost the truly human touch. Fantasia perfectly captures all that was lost in today's Disney movies. The movie has a very personal and human feel to every aspect of it. The orchestra, a very tangible presence in the movie, feels alive. They laugh, play their own little tunes during the intermission, but most importantly, they make mistakes. The animation is the same way, It's very rough at times and sometimes lacking, with some animations being reused, however every shot is filled with passion. You can tell that people worked on this, people with ambition, though they were not perfect. In modern movies, this beautiful animation that looks so real lacks the touch of individualism that Fantasia has in spades. The scene of the Sorcerer's apprentice dancing around the broom is burned into our collective memory for a reason. In all its flaws, its rough edges, it feels real to us. We can see all the raw effort and energy that the animator's put into each of Mickey's footsteps and that resonates with us. Fantasia speaks to the viewer not because it's perfect, but because it's flawed.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Walt Disney's Fantasia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,280,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$980,798, 10 February 1985

Gross USA:

$76,408,097

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,411,401
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2000 roadshow restoration) | (1942 cut) | (1991 VHS release) | (1946 cut)

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound System) (as Fantasound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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