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Fantasia (1940)

aka Fantasia

"Hear the pictures! See the music!"

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Details: 120 mins · English · G (USA)


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No_movie_poster Himself
No_movie_poster Narrator
Small Mickey Mouse
No_movie_poster Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra


Small Walt Disney Producer
No_movie_poster James Algar Director
No_movie_poster Samuel Armstrong Director
No_movie_poster Ben Sharpsteen Producer
No_movie_poster Bill Roberts Director
No_movie_poster Paul Satterfield Director
No_movie_poster Hamilton Luske Director
No_movie_poster Jim Handley Director
No_movie_poster Ford Beebe Director
No_movie_poster T. Hee Director
No_movie_poster Norman Ferguson Director
No_movie_poster Wilfred Jackson Director
No_movie_poster Ben Sharpsteen Director
No_movie_poster Joe Grant Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Dick Huemer Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Lee Blair Story Contributor
No_movie_poster John Carnochan Editing


"Hear the pictures! See the music!"

"Walt Disney's Technicolor FEATURE triumph"

"All the BEAUTY...All the DELIGHT...All the EXCITEMENT of the world's greatest music!"


Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, and production supervision by Ben Sharpsteen, it is the third feature in the Disney animated features canon. The film consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski; seven of which are performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Music critic and composer Deems Taylor acts as the film's Master of Ceremonies, who introduces each segment in live action interstitial scenes.

Disney settled on the film's concept as work neared completion on The Sorcerer's Apprentice, an elaborate Silly Symphonies short designed as a comeback role for Mickey Mouse who had declined in popularity. As production costs grew higher than what it could earn, he decided to include the short in a feature-length film with other segments set to classical pieces. The soundtrack was recorded using multiple audio channels and reproduced with Fantasound, a pioneering sound reproduction system that made Fantasia the first commercial film shown in stereophonic sound.

Fantasia was first released in theatrical roadshow engagements held in thirteen U.S. cities from November 13, 1940. It received mixed critical reaction, and was unable to make a profit. In part this was due to World War II cutting off the profitable European market, but due as well to the film's high production costs and the expense of leasing theatres and installing the Fantasound equipment for the roadshow presentations. Also, audiences who felt that Disney had suddenly gone "highbrow" stayed away, preferring the standard Disney cartoons. The film was subsequently reissued multiple times with its original footage and audio being deleted, modified, or restored in each version. As of 2012, Fantasia has grossed $76.4 million in domestic revenue and is the 22nd highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. when adjusted for inflation. Walt's nephew Roy E. Disney co-produced a sequel released in 1999 titled Fantasia 2000.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1940-11-13 : United States of America

DVD : 2000-11-14

DVD : 1991-11-01