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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Fantasia

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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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4.4 out of 5 stars

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37 of 38 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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30 of 31 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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31 of 32 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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20 of 21 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
This 60th anniversary edition of the classic Disney animation Fantasia was released in the year 2000 and deleted from the catalogue at the end of 2004. It is now a much sought-after collector's item. If you can wait a bit longer Disney has announced that a "Diamond Edition" will be released in late 2010 in both standard DVD and Blu-ray formats, along with the sequel Fantasia 2000. Hopefully this will finally give us the definitive version of this old Disney masterpiece which has appeared in many cuts and versions over the years. This 2000 release is the most complete version to date, with just a little editing, and deserves a full five stars. It's just a pity that it is not still more widely available!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Taylor on 30 May 2008
Format: DVD
Even though this film is over 60 years old it hasn't aged a bit. It still retains it's magic, sparkle and entertainment value. I first saw this at the cinema when I was in my early teens and even though I've seen quite a lot of disney films in my time, nothing comes close to the experience of the pure sounds and visuals of this film. Disney exceeded himself when he made this and I believe he has never bettered it, regardless of the advancement in technology. If you've never seen this I would highly recommend it. Children and adults will find different aspects of enjoyment in this film, but both will enjoy it on many different levels. This is a true Disney masterpiece, very different to the types of films the Disney studio tends to churn out these days.
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