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Fantasia 1940

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:
Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor
Runtime:
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family
Director James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen
Starring Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor
Supporting actors Corey Burton, Walt Disney, Hugh Douglas, James MacDonald, Julietta Novis, Paul J. Smith
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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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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Fantasia was produced at just the right time for the Walt Disney studio. Due to the success of 1937's Snow White (the film with so much color, sceptic's believed viewers may be blinded!), three major projects could be funded; a brand new studio at Burbank, the production of Pinocchio and then the grandest yet, Fantasia, released November 1940.

As a brief synopsis, Fantasia takes the guise of a Concert Hall, presenting eight famous pieces of classical music and decoding them into a set of visual images or stories. The only speech heard throughout the entire film is that of Mickey Mouse (voiced by Walt Disney), the singer for the song `Ave Maria', and the narrator/music critic of the time Deems Taylor, who accompanies musicians on screen in between each segment, and provides a nice explanation of what we should expect from each segment. In true style of such an epic film (125 mins long) there is also an Intermission slap bang in the middle, so you can go water the flowers as it were... (tee-hee)

If you've seen the film on DVD/VHS before, then you may want to read on. Deems Taylor's vocal sections are still over-dubbed due to complications during the restoration. Since Disney re-discovered film elements and didn't have their matching audio elements (as they've been lost for years), they made the choice of over-dubbing all of Taylor's appearances, rather than having the mismatch of a voice actor and the original surviving footage itself. Given these newly discovered film elements were in the original 1940 release, it makes sense that they've been included, though of course it's disappointing that the entirety of Taylor's live-action scene's are not original. Can't be helped, though.
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