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


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Deems Taylor ...
Self - Narrative Introductions
Self - Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Narrator: Deems Taylor overdubs (2000 restoration) (uncredited) (voice)
Mickey Mouse (segment 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice') (uncredited) (voice)
Hugh Douglas ...
Narrator (1982 version) (uncredited) (voice)
Night on Bald Mountain Demon animation model (uncredited)
James MacDonald ...
Percussionist (uncredited)
Narrator (1985 version) (uncredited) (voice)
Julietta Novis ...
Soloist (segment 'Ave Maria') (uncredited) (singingVoice)
Paul J. Smith ...
Violinist (uncredited)

Directed by

James Algar ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (uncredited)
Samuel Armstrong ... (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", "The Nutcracker Suite") (uncredited)
Ford Beebe Jr. ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (uncredited) (as Ford Beebe)
Norman Ferguson ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") (uncredited) (as Norm Ferguson)
David Hand ... (segment "Meet the Soundtrack") (uncredited)
Jim Handley ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (uncredited)
T. Hee ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") (uncredited)
Wilfred Jackson ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") (uncredited)
Hamilton Luske ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (uncredited)
Bill Roberts ... (segment "Rite of Spring") (uncredited)
Paul Satterfield ... (segment "Rite of Spring") (uncredited)
Ben Sharpsteen ... (segment "Meet the Soundtrack") (uncredited)

Written by

Joe Grant ... (story direction) &
Dick Huemer ... (story direction)
Lee Blair ... (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") (story development) &
Elmer Plummer ... (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") (story development) &
Phil Dike ... (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") (story development)
Sylvia Moberly-Holland ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") (story development) &
Norman Wright ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") (story development) &
Albert Heath ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") (story development) &
Bianca Majolie ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") (story development) &
Graham Heid ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") (story development)
Perce Pearce ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (story development) &
Carl Fallberg ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (story development)
William Martin ... (segment "Rite of Spring") (story development and research) &
Leo Thiele ... (segment "Rite of Spring") (story development and research) &
Robert Sterner ... (segment "Rite of Spring") (story development and research) &
John McLeish ... (segment "Rite of Spring") (story development and research)
Otto Englander ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (story development) &
Webb Smith ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (story development) &
Erdman Penner ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (story development) &
Joseph Sabo ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (story development) &
Bill Peet ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (story development) &
Vernon Stallings ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") (story development)
Campbell Grant ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") (story development) &
Arthur Heinemann ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") (story development) &
Phil Dike ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") (story development)

Produced by

Walt Disney ... producer (uncredited)
Ben Sharpsteen ... producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

James Wong Howe ... (uncredited) (live-action)

Editorial Department

George Cave ... color timer (uncredited)
Bill Wilner ... assistant editor (uncredited) (1990 restoration)

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 ... (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", "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 ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") assistant director (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)
Oskar Fischinger ... (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") designer (uncredited) / (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") visual development (uncredited)

Sound Department

William E. Garity ... recordist
J.N.A. Hawkins ... recordist
C.O. Slyfield ... recordist
Robert B. Ingebretsen ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Dan MacManus ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") special animation effects (as Daniel MacManus)
Joshua Meador ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") special animation effects
Gail Papineau ... (segments "Rite of Spring", "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") special camera effects
Leonard Pickley ... (segments "Rite of Spring", "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") special camera effects
Miles E. Pike ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") special animation effects
John Reed ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") special animation effects (as John F. Reed)
Edwin Aardal ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") effects animator (uncredited)
Tom Barnes ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") effects animator (uncredited)
Andy Engman ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") effects animator (uncredited)
Frank Follmer ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") effects animator (uncredited)
Abra Grupp ... digital paint artist: restoration (uncredited)
Dan MacManus ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") effects animator (uncredited)
John McManus ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") effects animator (uncredited)
Joshua Meador ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") effects animator (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ... (segment "Night On Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") visual effects artist (uncredited)
Milton Quon ... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Cornett Wood ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") effects animator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Max Morgan ... camera operator (uncredited)

Animation Department

Edwin Aardal ... (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", "Rite of Spring") animator
Dick Anthony ... (segments "The Pastoral Symphony", "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") background artist (as W. Richard Anthony)
Art Babbitt ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animation supervisor / (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") animator
Preston Blair ... (segments "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", "Dance of the Hours") animator
James Bodrero ... (segments "The Pastoral Symphony", "Dance of the Hours") character designer
Jack Bradbury ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator
Paul Busch ... (segment "Rite of Spring") animator
Jack Campbell ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator
Nino Carbe ... (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", "The Nutcracker Suite") background artist
Bob Carlson ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") animator (as Robert W. Carlson Jr.)
Les Clark ... (segments "The Nutcracker Suite", "Dewdrop Fairies", "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", Mickey Mouse") animator
Claude Coats ... (segments "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", "The Pastoral Symphony") background artist
Charles Conner ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") background artist
Merle Cox ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") background artist
Ugo D'Orsi ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") animator
Al Dempster ... (segments "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", "Dance of the Hours") background artist (as Albert Dempster)
Phil Duncan ... (segment "Rite of Spring") animator
Art Elliott ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") animator
John Elliotte ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator
Norman Ferguson ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") animation supervisor (as Norm Ferguson)
Roy Forkum ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") background artist
Hugh Fraser ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") animator
Franklin Grundeen ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") animator
Harry Hamsel ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator
Eric Hansen ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") background artist
John Hench ... (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", "The Nutcracker Suite") background artist
Ray Huffine ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") background artist
Earl Hurd ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") character designer
Ollie Johnston ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animation supervisor (as Oliver M. Johnston Jr.)
Bill Justice ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator
Lynn Karp ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator
Walt Kelly ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator (uncredited)
Ward Kimball ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animation supervisor
Paul B. Kossoff ... (segment "Rite of Spring") animator
Ethel Kulsar ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") background artist / (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") character designer
Eric Larson ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animation supervisor
Ed Levitt ... (segment "Rite of Spring") background artist (as Edward Levitt)
Ray Lockrem ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") background artist
Hicks Lokey ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") animator
John Lounsbery ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") animator
Ed Love ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") animator (as Edward Love)
Don Lusk ... (segments "The Nutcracker Suite", "The Pastoral Symphony") animator
Brice Mack ... (segment "Rite of Spring") background artist
Dan MacManus ... (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") animator (as Daniel MacManus)
Murray McClellan ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator
John McManus ... (segments "Rite of Spring", "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") animator
Joshua Meador ... (segment "Rite of Spring") animation supervisor / (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") animator
John P. Miller ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") character designer
Fred Moore ... (segments "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", "The Pastoral Symphony") animation supervisor
James Moore ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator
Milt Neil ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator
Gerald Nevius ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") background artist
Lester Novros ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") animator
Art Palmer ... (segments "Toccata and Fugue D in Minor", "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", "Rite of Spring") animator
Don Patterson ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") animator
Ray Patterson ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") animator
Elmer Plummer ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") character designer
Martin Provensen ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") character designer
Wolfgang Reitherman ... (segment "Rite of Spring") animation supervisor
Art Riley ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") background artist (as Arthur Riley)
George Rowley ... (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") animator
Duke Russell ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") character designer
William Shull ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") animator (as William N. Shull)
Grant Simmons ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") animator
Lorna S. Soderstrom ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") character designer
Stan Spohn ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") background artist
Joe Stahley ... (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") background artist
Ed Starr ... (segment "Rite of Spring") background artist
Robert Stokes ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") animator
Robert Storms ... (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") background artist
Howard Swift ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") animator
Norman Tate ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") animator
Riley Thomson ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") animator (as Riley Thompson)
Don Tobin ... (segment "Rite of Spring") animator
Harvey Toombs ... (segment "Dance of the Hours") animator
Don Towsley ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animation supervisor
Bill Tytla ... (segments "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria") animation supervisor (as Vladimir Tytla)
John Walbridge ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") character designer
Bernard Wolf ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator (as Berny Wolf)
Cornett Wood ... (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") animator
Marvin Woodward ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") animator
Cy Young ... (segments "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", "The Nutcracker Suite", "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") animator
Robert W. Youngquist ... (segment "The Pastoral Symphony") animator
Lee J. Ames ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Xavier Atencio ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Jerome Brown ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") animator (uncredited)
N. Brown ... animator (uncredited)
Brad Case ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") animator (uncredited)
Al Coe ... animator (uncredited)
Retta Davidson ... ink and paint artist (uncredited)
George De Beeson ... animator (uncredited)
John Dehner ... animator (uncredited)
Jack Dunham ... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Russ Dyson ... animator (uncredited)
Art Fitzpatrick ... animator (uncredited)
Paul Fitzpatrick ... animator (uncredited)
Joseph Gayek ... animator (uncredited)
Blaine Gibson ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Jerry Hathcock ... 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)
John McDermott ... animator (uncredited)
Bill Melendez ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Art Moore ... animator (uncredited)
Paul Murry ... animator (uncredited) / inbetween artist (uncredited)
Kenneth Muse ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Grim Natwick ... animator (uncredited)
George Nicholas ... animator (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 ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") animator (uncredited)
David Swift ... animator (uncredited)
Frank Thomas ... animator (uncredited)
Bob Wickersham ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") animator (uncredited)
Jim Will ... animator (uncredited)
Vernon G. Witt ... animator (uncredited)

Music Department

The Philadelphia Orchestra ... performers
Leopold Stokowski ... conductor
Harry Aleinikoff ... musician: second violin (uncredited)
Simon Asen ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Irving James Bancroft ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Jaroslav K. Bauer ... musician: viola (uncredited)
George Alfred Beimel ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Samuel Belenko ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Stephen Csillag ... musical film editor (uncredited)
Gordon G. Kahn ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Irwin Kostal ... conductor (uncredited) (1982 rerecording) / music producer (uncredited) (1982 rerecording)
Robert E. McGinnis ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer (uncredited)
Edward H. Plumb ... musical director (uncredited)
Sol Schoenbach ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Paul J. Smith ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Leopold Stokowski ... arranger (uncredited)
Marcel Tabuteau ... musician: oboe (uncredited)
Deems Taylor ... musical advisor (uncredited)
Edgar G. Ulmer ... music recording supervisor (uncredited)

Other crew

Eileen Brown ... secretary (uncredited)
Marge Champion ... movement model (uncredited)
Nigel De Brulier ... (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") live action model: Yen Sid (uncredited)
Elsie Jane Donahue ... secretary (uncredited)
Jules Engel ... (segment "The Nutcracker Suite") choreographer (uncredited)
Oskar Fischinger ... (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor") concept (uncredited)
Wilfred Jackson ... live action model: Chernabog (uncredited)
Jayson Wall ... restoration associate: 2009 digital restoration (uncredited)
Mary Whitney ... secretary (uncredited)
Dee Worth ... secretary (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Bach to Stravinsky and Bach (United States)
  • Highbrowski by Stokowski (United States)
  • The Musical Feature (United States)
  • The Concert Feature (United States)
  • Walt Disney's Fantasia (United States)
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  • 125 min
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Box Office

Budget $2,280,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $6,047,613, 05 Oct 1990
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $187,924

Did You Know?

Trivia The animators secretly modeled elements of the Sorcerer in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" on their boss, Walt Disney. The raised eyebrow was regarded as a dead giveaway. They call the character Yen Sid, which is "Disney" spelled backwards. See more »
Goofs When introducing the "Pastoral" sequence, Deems Taylor mixes Greek and Roman names of deities: Bacchus, Vulcan and Diana are Roman; Zeus, Iris and Morpheus are Greek. Apollo is the only one whose Greek and Roman equivalents have the same name. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Your Host, Donald Duck (1957). See more »
Soundtracks Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 See more »
Crazy Credits There are no closing credits of any kind. Not even the words "THE END" appear on the screen. See more »
Quotes [longer introduction to "Night On Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria"; last spoken lines]
Deems Taylor: The last number on our Fantasia program is a combination of two pieces of music so utterly different in construction and mood that they set each other off perfectly. The first is "A Night On Bald Mountain" by one of Russia's greatest composers, Modest Mussorgsky. The second is Franz Schubert's world-famous "Ave Maria". Musically and dramatically, we have here a picture of the struggle between the profane and the sacred. "Bald Mountain", according to tradition, is the gathering place of Satan and his followers. Here, on Walpurgnisnacht, which is the equivalent of our own Halloween, the creatures of evil gather to worship their master. Under his spell, they dance furiously until the coming of dawn and the sounds of church bells send the infernal army slinking back into their abodes of darkness. And then we hear the "Ave Maria", with its message of the triumph of hope and life over the powers of despair and death.
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