Fantasia Overview:

Fantasia (1940) was a Animation - Family Film directed by Bill Roberts and Ford Beebe Jr. and produced by Walt Disney and Ben Sharpsteen.


The movie many consider Disney's greatest animation achievement is a series of eight animated fantasies set to classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Swirling, surrealistic, colorful, it's long been considered a classic.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Fantasia was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1990.

Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

Special AwardTo 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 AwardTo 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

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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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The main theme in "Dance of the Hours" is adapted from the opera "La Gioconda," composed by Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886). This theme can also be heard in the song "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)", sung by radio comic Allan Sherman (1924-1973).
For the ostriches and alligator in the "Dance of the Hours" and the demons in the "Night on Bald Mountain" number, Walt Disney hired the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as live-action reference models. Among the dancers who posed for the animators: LĂ©onide Massine, Tamara Toumanova, Alexandra Danilova, Irina Baronova, Frederic Franklin, Nathalie Krassovska, Milada Mladova, Cyd Charisse, and Marc Platt.
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Released 1940
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