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Fantasia (movie)

Walt Disney's 1940 film that combined classical music with ground-breaking animation.

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Nov 2, 2010
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I recently acquired a licensed DVD copy of this movie in China and while watching it, an interesting thought came to mind... Innovation & creativity in the U.S. is way more advanced than most Asian and European countries, yet, in recent years, all that creativity doesn't seemed to have been put to good use. Oh, it went into Wall Street instead and we all know what had brought the world economy to a screeching halt some 2 years ago. Will the U.S. return to the good ol' days and innovate fruitfully? We'll have to wait and see. It's tough but it's not impossible. As for Fantasia, despite being a classic, it is a great piece of art. Music & animation at its best.
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November 02, 2010
My all-time favorite Disney film too.
November 03, 2010
Any other recommendation? I didn't realise what I missed until I saw this one!
November 03, 2010
Well, there are other great Disney films, but nothing quite like this. For me, this is just an unrivaled masterpiece with its combination of genuine art, classical music, narrative, and animation. It can't even really be compared to any films that have been made in the last 50 years.
November 02, 2010
Well, if you look at the animation engine used by Pixar; it has been the same (for the most part) since MONSTERS INC. Innovation in animation lies with the Japanese Square Enix and the CGI films made in video games. Nice tip!
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review by . November 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Uplifting! A classic not to be missed!
First off, the Fantasia I had in mind was from those days I visited Disneyland and Disneyworld. I remembered the awesome music and when I accidentally chanced upon it on one of China’s biggest online bookstores, a DVD for less than a US$1, I grabbed it without much of a thought. The beauty of ordering online in China is that no matter where you’re within China, shipping is free of charge as long as your order amounts to a total of some US$4 or so. That wasn’t too difficult, not …
Quick Tip by . November 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A little Fantasia trivia: The three Germanic composers featured in the film are Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert, in order of appearance.
review by . July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I really enjoy this animation.    The plot was interesting and magical and had very good animation.   I was highly entertain throwout the movie. It meet the hype, and the place i seen the movie was even more exciting. Trailer didn't show the full glory of this movie. Is This Movie Mainstream Or Pretty Obscure? The movie is mainstream and obscure,  I am not a musical fan, but this movie is a 10, i never been more excited to …
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
probably the greatest animation to score design ever. Fantasia is filled with beautiful compositions and amazing classic animation
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I was a kid when I saw this but I thought it was a dream and wanted it to happen to me in real life but all of those dreams are gone and some day I hope to find the movie on DVD so my child can watch the movie and see the same wonderful thing in my life .
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Animation is timeless and visually stunning, especially when paired with the score.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I had no idea that the upcoming Disney movie, 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' is based on this classic. Good thing my sister got me in the know; now I'm highly anticipating the film just to see how it pays homage to the original source material (which scared the hell out of me as a kid)!
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A Disney classic and VERY ahead of its time, still enjoyed by millions. The soundtrack just brings you to entirely different place.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Some people say this is a fun movie to watch stoned or on acid...I dunno about all that...I was the question?
Quick Tip by . May 21, 2010
The first movie I ever saw. (Really!) Probably had more to do with who I am artistically than any movie, book, performance since.
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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Walt Disney took a big chance with this ambitious anthology of animated fantasies. First, he set them to lengthy classical music pieces, and then he boldly experimented with different forms of animation, sometimes jettisoning any sort of narrative altogether. The result is a sometimes mesmerizing, sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening, but always beautiful moviegoing experience. A box-office failure when first released, it's now considered a timeless treasure. Highlights include: Mickey Mouse in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," the leaping hippos and alligators in "Dance of the Hours," the rise and fall of the dinosaurs set to Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," the dancing mushrooms of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," and Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," with its fearsome winged demon raging at the heavens.

One of Walt Disney's ambitions for the project was to rerelease the film periodically over the years with new sequences. Though the film was regularly rereleased, it wasn't until 1999 ...
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Genre: Music, Musical
Release Date: November 14, 1940
MPAA Rating: G
Screen Writer: Perce Pearce
Runtime: 1hr 56min
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
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