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Fantasia

Fantasia (1940)

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Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 2

A landmark in animation (and a huge influence on the medium of music video), Disney's Fantasia is a relentlessly inventive blend of the classics with phantasmagorical images.

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

A landmark in animation (and a huge influence on the medium of music video), Disney's Fantasia is a relentlessly inventive blend of the classics with phantasmagorical images.

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Fantasia, Walt Disney's animated masterpiece of the 1940s, grew from a short-subject cartoon picturization of the Paul Dukas musical piece The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Mickey Mouse was starred in this eight-minute effort, while the orchestra was under the direction of Leopold Stokowski. Disney and Stokowski eventually decided that the notion of marrying classical music with animation was too good to confine to a mere short subject; thus the notion was expanded into a two-hour feature,

Nov 1, 1991

Walt Disney Productions

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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (2) | DVD (17)

The words most used to describe "Fantasia," besides the conventional "beautiful" and "wonderful" were "path-breaking" and "courageous." The phrase "courageous beyond belief" would be even more accurate.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Critics may deplore Disney's lapses of taste, but he trips, Mickey-like, into an art form that immortals from Aeschylus to Richard Wagner have always dreamed of.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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There is something in Fantasia for every taste.

August 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The concept and some of the episodes are tainted with kitsch, but there's no other animated film with its scope and ambition.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Certainly not to be missed.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Fantasia is simply terrific -- as terrific as anything that has ever happened on a screen.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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the films in the Disney Vault are brilliant pieces of work that need to be seen in the best visual presentation possible

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

I belong to those who had no need of that kind of entertainment, being content with seeing pictures and hearing music.

November 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

[Disney's] most personal and grandest vision. Watching the movie again proves that, of course, it's not a chore. It's a pleasure.

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Breathtaking animation feat -- with some creepy visuals.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Despite a couple of uneven parts that may try the patience of some, the whole of Fantasia is a marvel.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Though Fantasia didn't perform as well as Walt Disney had hoped, it remains a testament to his exceptional cinematic genius. [Blu-ray]

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A symphony of sound, animation and unbridled Disney spirit.

December 4, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

At the time of its release, it was probably the boldest, most experimental production to come out of Hollywood, which is why it is not terribly surprising that it was Disney's biggest commercial failure.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Give me the ostriches in ballet shoes and the hippos in tutus ... over the cute fauns and unicorns frolicking in a pastel landscape ... any day.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Ribboned with flaws both impossibly minor and embarrassingly large, but it surely must count as one of the most visually stunning American movies ever made.

October 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The most ambitious animated feature ever to come out of the Disney studios...

August 31, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is a very patchy affair -- while some of the animated pieces work, others come across as downright insane.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (33)
Empire Magazine

The ambitious and uneven eight-part marriage of classical music and animation has become among the most popular of Walt Disney's classics.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It serves as an ambitious experimental attempt to popularize classical music.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A beautiful blend of animation and music.

June 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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Audience Reviews for Fantasia

The Disney cartoon sans narrative was quite vanguard in the 40s, but for an ostensible kids movie, the filmmakers didn't play to its audience. Stravinksy's "Rite of Spring" seems longer than the Jurassic Period, and the animation of the Big Bang is surprisingly violent. The prologue explaining the movie is also bone dry and humorless.

As a more mature foray into art and music fantasy, Disney further missed its mark with careless racist and sexist references (as it often does) in Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony" with the specifically colored horses and in "Dance of the Hours" with the offensive and alarming gender roles. In the 21st century, "Fantasia"'s dated quality really shows.
May 20, 2013
aliceinpunderland

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This film is one of the definitive classics in Disney's catalogue, along with Disney's flagship film, Snow White, Fantasia is the best film in animation history and everyone who's familiar with Disney owes it to themselves to check this one out. Fantasia is a terrific musical that has definitely stood the test of time. This is a masterwork of animation with brilliant stories and a great cast of talented voice actors. Of all Disney films, Fantasia has had a long lasting impact on me. The sheer importance of this film in the cinematic medium is astounding. This is a brilliant film from start to finish and will stay with you for many years to come. I absolutely loved this film, thought it was one of the finest musical films ever put on film and if you want THE musical film, then this is the film to watch. Fantasia is simply brilliant. This is a definite childhood classic, a film that has stood the test of time. This is yet another memorable Disney classic that any real film buff and child should see. A brilliant piece of cinema history, Fantasia is a wonderful viewing experience, one that will please children as much as adults. A definite must see. This is a film that is spectacular and truly one that will stay with you. Disney has done it again. Sure Snow White is Disney's masterwork, but Fantasia elevated the studios potential for effective storytelling even further. This is simply put a phenomenal film that every film fan should see.
April 29, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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One of the most unique and most experimental movie in the Disney filmography. The combination of memorable animated skits with a great classical musical score results in a film that is simply breath-taking.
March 6, 2012
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

This classic musical animation is undeniably beautiful and well made, a splendorous treat for the eyes and ears. Even so, it is also too artistic for its own good, remaining cold and distant. Stravinsky and the evolution? Seriously, I cannot imagine any child staying awake during the entire film - nor most grown-ups.
January 11, 2012
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

    1. Mickey Mouse: [pulling On Stokowki's Coat] Mr. Stokowki! Mr. Stokowki! [Mickey Whistles To Get Stokowki's Attention]
    2. Mickey Mouse: My Congratulations, Sir!
    3. Himself: [shaking Hands With Mickey] Congratulations To You, Mickey!
    4. Mickey Mouse: Gee, Thanks! He, He! Well, So Long! I'll Be Seeing Ya!
    5. Himself: Goodbye!
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