Fantasia (1940)

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Runtime: 124 minutes
Color: Color
Budget: $2,280,000
Awards: 5 Awards, 1 Nomination
USA Title: Walt Disney's Fantasia

Genres: , , ,

Writers: Joe Grant, Dick Huemer
Cast: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor

All the BEAUTY...All the DELIGHT...All the EXCITEMENT of the world's greatest music!

Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the death of the dinosaurs. "Dance of the Hours" is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day.

Fun Fact: The initial wide release was a dismal box office failure. In later years, some theater chains, which would normally run any Disney release, would not book the reissues of this film. However, by the 1969 reissue, the film attracted considerable interest for its supposedly psychedelic imagery and Disney marketed the film according to take advantage of it. The reissue was successful and the film's reputation and popular appeal grew from that point to where its first home video release in 1991 broke records for sales.

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