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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.
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 color 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
Audio Format: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (English), DTS 5.1 (Spanish), DTS 5.1 (Dutch), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Portuguese), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Polish), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Hebrew)
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I bought the DVD recently for my four year old great grandson. I didn’t think he would like it but he was instantly transfixed when he saw. He is used to watching more modern CGI cartoons on TV and he was amazed when he watched Fantasia. The colours are absolutely beautiful. The original film plates really were hand-drawn and hand-coloured and the end result simply does not stand comparison with modern CGI animation. The sheer quality of the artwork and the vibrancy of the animation are guaranteed to appeal to children even after all these years.
It should also be noted that the film has been digitally remastered for DVD so the visual quality is just as good as it was all those years ago when people watched it at the cinema in the 1940s. The sound quality, which is all-important in this film, is excellent.
The film itself does not have a single storey line. It is essentially a series of separate animations set to classical music. In my opinion this is a very good combination for children as it introduces them to classical music in a unique and entertaining way. The animations are carefully set to the music. The guys who drew the original artwork and produced the plates for filming somehow managed to choreograph the animation to the music. The characters move and dance in perfect time to the music. It must have been so difficult to achieve that with glass plates and single shot cameras.
Some parts of the film are outstanding. For example many older people will remember the Sorcerer’s Apprentice scene staring Mickey Mouse. Once seen never forgot. Even today it had the same impact on my great grandson. He sat and watched it and was totally mesmerised. He has already built up his list of ‘favourite scenes’ that he watches when he gets a chance.
In my opinion this film still has great appeal to children and adults alike. Younger children will sit and be amazed at the sheer beauty of the artwork and seamless flow of the animation and they might even develop an early taste for classical music in the process. Older family members will enjoy watching it simply because of its timeless and ageless entertainments quality.
I bought it for about £6 on Amazon and I consider it a real bargain at that price. My great grandson has watched it numerous times and he has never got bored with it. For £6 that has to be a good deal.
Just one of THE great works of its type. From the days of 'manual' animation done by superb artists working it would seem, to a standard of excellence free of budgets!
The music provided by musicians, ie the musical content has real gravitas and not just chosen for its ease of illustration, the animators worked to the musical diversity over a wide range of genres.
Watchable by young or old and all deriving pleasure, enlightenment or admiration, or all combined at many levels.
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