Fantasia 1940

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Fantasia is the adventurous 1940 experiment from Disney. The film sets Disney animated characters to classical music as Mickey Mouse uses his magic wand to set broomsticks dancing in one of the more famous elaborate scenes. The film was groundbreaking in its usage of animation and music and is still considered a masterpiece decades later.

Starring:
Deems Taylor
Runtime:
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Animated, Music
Director Samuel Armstrong, Hamilton Luske
Starring Deems Taylor
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Datta on 24 April 2011
Format: DVD
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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Speller on 4 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michelle G on 14 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2001
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 April 2012
Format: DVD
This was one of the earliest of Disney's full-length cartoons, and one of the boldest. I watched it with pleasure about 50 years ago, when I was 15. Now I have had the great pleasure of seeing it again, but this time in the company of grandchildren aged 3 to 6. They see many DVDs, but this one is not like the others, and I noticed that several times they actually gasped at the surprising visual things that were onscreen - and they were a little bit frightened too here and there, but pleasurably so. They loved it. For myself, I loved most of it (there's a bit too much sugariness about the centaurs and their ladyloves in the 'Pastoral' Symphony for me), and particularly the famous 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' 'The Rite of Spring', 'The Dance of the Hours' with its hippos, ostriches, crocodiles and elephants, and 'Night on the Bare Mountain'. OK, there is some Disney cuteness, but there is also a great deal of inventive animation, humour and atmosphere. Stokowski was an old showman, but he was also at the head of one of the very great orchestras of the time, the Philadelphia, and he was indisputably a great conductor. The music is mostly excellently presented, with only just too much drastic cutting in the 'Pastoral' for my taste - to tell the whole 'story' of a 40-minute symphony was perhaps a little over-ambitious. 'The Rite of Spring' was an interesting and bold choice in 1940. Presumably a good number of the target audience would never have heard it, and it was still a fairly advanced score for that time (there is in fact a neat little joke about this in the intro, when the tubular bells are knocked over off-camera). But the music and graphics work excellently, with necessary but sensitive editing of the score so it could fit the narrative in the images.Read more ›
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