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Fantasia [DVD] [1941]

Leopold Stokowski , Deems Taylor , Ben Sharpsteen , Bill Roberts    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney, James MacDonald
  • Directors: Ben Sharpsteen, Bill Roberts, Ford Beebe Jr., Hamilton Luske, James Algar
  • Writers: Albert Heath, Arthur Heinemann
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ZBXH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,206 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Groundbreaking on several counts, not the least of which was an innovative use of animation and stereophonic sound, this ambitious Disney feature has lost nothing to time since its release in 1940. Classical music was interpreted by Disney animators, resulting in surreal fantasy and playful escapism. Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra provided the music for eight segments by the composers Tchaikovsky, Moussorgsky, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Ponchielli, Bach, Dukas and Schubert. Not all the sequences were created equally, but a few are simply glorious, such as "Night on Bald Mountain", "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "The Nutcracker Suite". The animation ranges from subtly delicate to fiercely bold. The screen bursts with colour and action as creatures transmute and convention is thrust aside. The painstaking detail and saturated hues are unique to this film, unmatched even by more advanced technology. --Rochelle O'Gorman

Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 are also available together in the 3-disc DVD Fantasia Collection.

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Ambitious animated epic from Disney studios, which includes sequences set to music by - amongst others - Bach, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Schubert and Beethoven. Also featured is the famous 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' routine, in which Mickey Mouse (voiced by Walt himself for the last time) creates magical mayhem when he tries to get his chores done with the aid of a spell or two.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throughly enjoyable and a delight to watch 24 April 2011
Disney's core audience are children. I have to applaud Disney for encouraging children to express interest in classical music through the inspring and clever use of animation. Adults would appreciate the beauty and splendour of what the animation offers. I simply could not resist gaining a taste of Fantasia. Disney conveys the core values of humour and charm in this stunning musical piece of Fantasia. The unique love of animal characters are utilised effectively. The scenery at times varies to provide a fresh dimension to the animation as you are about to observe. It is a break-taking and truly amazing experience to watch. Initially, Fantasia in its earlier days was a commercial failure during its released in 1940. Fortunes have swiftly changed. It has become a massive success and enjoyed by millions. Theatres provide regular shows. Watching it on DVD is extra special. The Dvd version is the original work. I really appreciate the level of work and money invested in reviving this animation.

I love musicals and really enjoyed this well crafted piece for displaying a surreal world to really appreciate. It is engaging and educational. I find it hard to believe the animation was released 70 years ago. A narrator and the orchestra group are quickly introduced in the opening sequences amazingly in colour. Adding colours in films was possible to achieve in those days as Disney applied a technique known as Technicolor. In those days, it was quite expensive and sophisticated for other film-makers to follow the similar route. The sound and picture quality adds an amazing and unique viewing experience to the animation. The narration is first class and informative. The musical pieces featured are well thought out and displayed to perfection.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Perfection 4 Mar 2004
Not your average film, I know. But I just loved this film, because of two aspects-
1)The visuals are absolutely stunning, and at the same time absolutely revolutionary. If you consider this was 1940 when they made this, what they managed to achieve was incredible, really taking techniques to the limit. I know these methods have now been superseded by other techniques, but what they achieved THEN was cutting-edge; and you just cannot help feeling admiration for the film-makers. Plus who will be able to forget Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerers Apprentice, the dancing hippos to Ponichelli's Music, the Rite of Spring sequence, the fire of Night on Bald Mountain, the visuals used in tandem to Bach's Toccata and Fugue? I certainly haven't! Okay, not your average plotline, but if you just take this film as showing what they could achieve when taking techniques to the limit, you cannot help but be amazed.
2)The music. I'm sorry, I just LOVE music! And in particular, I love classical music, and never will you get a better collection of classical music in a film(although Kubrick's Clockwork Orange and 2001 have wonderful soundtracks). Bach's Toccata and Fugue played by a full orchestra was a hugely revolutionary thing to do, given that it is an organ piece- and yet it is an absolutely brilliant arrangement. Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, works so well in the film. Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, absolutely revolutionary in itself(causing riots when first performed in 1913), also wonderful piece of music(also listen to his Firebird or Petruchka). Beethoven's Pastorale(6th Symphony), okay not as good as his Fifth, his Eroica, his Moonlight Sonata or his Ninth(my fave classical piece), but again worked so well.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! 14 Jun 2006
If you only ever see one Disney movie PLEASE make it Fantasia. From the opening sound of the orchestra until the last note dies away it is a total joy. Eight legendary pieces of music by some of the world's most beloved composers joined by characters that only Disney could come up with. The most well known section, of course, revolves around a certain Mouse but that aside there is definitely something here for everyone. My advice is watch this once but don't judge it immediately watch it again and I think you too will fall in love with Fantasia.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic unforgettable 25 Nov 2001
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It is absolutely beautiful, every note is perfectly linked to the images: abstractionism, surrealism, but also funny. A powerful tool to stimulate the youth to the music.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Disney Classic 5 April 2011
Can anyone possibly say anything bad about this movie ?


This film was the very 1st full length animated feature film that Walt Disney ever split into segments.

Each segment is set to a different piece of Classical Music comprising of:

Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite
Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring
Ludwig van Beethoven's The Pastoral Symphony
Amilcare Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours
Modest Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain
Franz Schubert's Ave Maria

Each segment also tells a different story from greek mythology to ballet, to fairies and demons.

Obviously it doesn't hold a candle to today's animation but if your children haven't see it yet, then i would sit them down and let them watch it, whilst secretly sitting there and travelling down memory lane to the 1st time you ever watched it yourself..

Classics always have to be seen..
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