Fantasia (1940) was a Animation - Family Film directed by Bill Roberts and Ford Beebe Jr. and produced by Walt Disney and Ben Sharpsteen.
Fantasia was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1990.
Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)
|Special Award||To Leopold Stokowski and his associates for their unique achievement in the creation of a new form of visualized music in Walt Disney's production, Fantasia, thereby widening the scope of the motion picture as entertainment and as an art form.||Won|
|Special Award||To Walt Disney, William Garity, John N. A. Hawkins and the RCA Manufacturing Company for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures through the production of Fantasia.||Won|
Fantasia 2000 (1999)on Jul 20, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film
I reviewed the first installment of Fantasia last September (shocking that this feature closes by the end of this year) and felt that the 1940s experiment in music and animation was a “pretty screensaver;” so I wasn’t too excited to watch the failed continuation of the series, Fant... Read full article
A special Fantasia birthday at Radio City Music Hall. (1)By Brandie on May 21, 2012 From True Classics
by Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci My very first moviegoing experience turned out to be simply a warm-up, a dry run: I was about five years old, and I went to the Interboro Theater in the Bronx, where our family lived at the time, to see The Sound of Music (1965). It would have been great, except that I wa... Read full article
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When Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971, the only featured composer still living in 1940) was contacted about the rights to use "The Rite of Spring," he offered to compose a completely new piece for Walt Disney. This was not taken, and Stravinsky hated Leopold Stokowski's re-orchestration and re-organization of the piece (the original order of the sections was jumbled, and two of them were completely left out of Fantasia).
The primeval Earth scene was filmed using a mixture of porridge, mud, and other ingredients and was enhanced by animation; apart from the orchestra sequences, it is the only live-action sequence in the whole movie.
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