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Director: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford I. Beebe

Cast: Walt Disney


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Disney brings the classic Fantasia to DVD in a lovely 60th anniversary edition, restoring the intermission and narration from the original theatrical release and presenting the film in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio with remastered sound (DTS Digital Surround or Dolby Surround Sound). The "Making of Fantasia" featurette brings together animators, film


Disney brings the classic Fantasia to DVD in a lovely 60th anniversary edition, restoring the intermission and narration from the original theatrical release and presenting the film in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio with remastered sound (DTS Digital Surround or Dolby Surround Sound). The "Making of Fantasia" featurette brings together animators, film historians, and actual production staff to tell the story of Walt Disney's inspiration and later financial disappointment. The 45-minute documentary also includes archival footage and photographs of Disney during the creative process. A unique feature is an audio commentary track with Disney's own thoughts about Fantasia, compiled from recorded interviews, readings from company transcripts, and analysis by animation historian John Canemaker. The second audio track with Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, and others offers an enthusiastic chorus of admiration and appreciation.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
It is titles like Fantasia that make the DVD player seem essential. Unavailable for purchase on VHS for nearly a decade, one of Walt Disney's most magnificent achievements is back, and grander than ever, in this DVD-only Special 60th Anniversary Edition. For the first time on any home video format, Walt Disney's "grand experiment" -- combining animation with classical music -- is presented in its original 1940 Roadshow edition, complete with intermission and narration, which viewers have not seen since that original theatrical release. Incredibly, like It's a Wonderful Life, Fantasia was not fully appreciated at the time of its release, but with such hallucinatory sequences as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "The Dance of the Hours" with the tutu-clad hippos and "The Nutcracker Suite" with the dancing vegetables, it's no wonder it was embraced in the 1960s and '70s by college kids looking for the ultimate cinematic trip. This DVD is loaded with state-of-the-art supplemental features including archival interviews with Walt Disney and a segment about the making of this groundbreaking masterpiece.
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Among other things, Walt Disney was a man who was good at letting things spiral out of control -- usually to the enjoyment of the public for generations to come. In this case, it was a "Silly Symphony" featuring Mickey Mouse as the title character in Paul Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" which eventually blossomed into Fantasia -- Disney's longest animated feature, which went from being a box-office bomb when it was released in 1940 to a widely recognized masterpiece decades later. It's not hard to see why; despite stunning, powerful animation that is unparalleled to this day, audiences in 1940 didn't know what to make of a feature cartoon with prancing centaurs, pirouetting nymphs, tutu'd hippos, and no story or narration. It wasn't until the psychedelic '60s that Fantasia began ascend to its current status, and the rise of increasingly thorough animation historical studies didn't hurt either. After decades of various alterations (including an ignominious shortened version, rescored sound, and new narration), a restored, nearly intact print of the original Fantasia was re-released in 1990 to critical and popular acclaim. Disney's original plan was to periodically re-release the movie, gradually replacing old segments with new music and animation, but its initial failure kept that dream from becoming reality. Work began on just such a sequel shortly after the 1990 restoration, which was eventually released in late 1999 as Fantasia 2000.

Product Details

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Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Full Frame]
[Dolby Digital]

Special Features

Restored, remastered original theatrical version; Audio commentaries by Roy E. Disney and conductor James Levine; Rare archival interviews with Walt Disney; "The Making of Fantasia" featurette; THX-certified, including THX optimode; DTS digital Surround; Dolby Digital 5.0 Surround Sound; Original theatrical aspect ratio (1.33:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walt Disney Mickey Mouse
Leopold Stokowski Himself
Deems Taylor Himself
Philadelphia Orchestra Orchestra
Bela Lugosi Model for Tchernabog

Technical Credits
James Algar Director
Samuel Armstrong Director
Ford I. Beebe Director
Walt Disney Director,Producer
Jim Handley Director
Albert Heath Director,Screenwriter
T. Hee Director
Graham Heid Director,Screenwriter
Wilfred Jackson Director
Hamilton Luske Director
Bianca Majolie Director,Screenwriter
Sylvia Moberly-Holland Director,Screenwriter
Bill Roberts Director
Paul Satterfield Director
Ben Sharpsteen Director
Norman Wright Director,Screenwriter
Edwin Aardal Animator
Arthur Babbitt Animator
Lee Blair Screenwriter
Preston Blair Animator
James Bodrero Consultant/advisor
John Bradbury Animator
Paul Busch Animator
Bruce Bushman Art Director
Arthur Byram Art Director
Robert W. Carlson Animator
Clark Animator
Tom Codrick Art Director
Robert Cormack Art Director
Ugo D'Orsi Animator
Phil Dike Screenwriter
Harold Doughty Art Director
Philip Duncan Animator
Art Elliott Animator
John Elliotte Animator
Jules Engel Choreography
Otto Englander Screenwriter
Carl Faliberg Screenwriter
Norman Ferguson Animator,Screenwriter
Hugh Fraser Animator
Yale Gracey Art Director
Campbell Grant Screenwriter
Joe Grant Screenwriter
Franklin Grundeen Animator
Harry Hamsel Animator
Arthur Heinemann Screenwriter
Hugh Hennessy Art Director
John Hubley Art Director
Earl Hurd Consultant/advisor
Jack Campbell Animator
Bill Justice Animator
Lynn Karp Animator
Walt Kelly Animator
Dick Kelsey Art Director
Ken Anderson Art Director
Ward Kimball Animator
Paul B. Kossoff Animator
Ethel Kulsar Consultant/advisor
Eric Larson Animator
J. Gordon Legg Art Director
Hicks Lokey Animator
John Lounsbery Animator
Ed Love Animator
Don Lusk Animator
Daniel MacManus Animator
William Martin Screenwriter
John Fraser McLeish Screenwriter
Murray McLennan Animator
John McManus Animator
Joshua Meador Animator
John P. Miller Consultant/advisor
Fred Moore Animator
James Moore Animator
Milt Neil Animator
Kay Nielsen Art Director
Lance Nolley Art Director
Ernest Nordli Art Director
Lester Novros Animator
Kendall O'Connor Art Director
Art Palmer Animator
Gail Papineau Special Effects
Don Patterson Animator
Ray Patterson Animator
Perce Pearce Screenwriter
Bill Peet Screenwriter
Erdman Penner Screenwriter
Curtiss D. Perkins Art Director
Charles Philippi Art Director
Leonard Pickley Special Effects
Edward Plumb Musical Direction/Supervision
Elmer Plummer Consultant/advisor,Screenwriter
Martin Provensen Consultant/advisor
Thor Putnam Art Director
Charles Rayzant Art Director
John F. Reed Animator
Wolfgang Reitherman Animator
George Rowley Animator
Duke Russell Consultant/advisor
Herbert Ryman Art Director
Joseph Sabo Screenwriter
Zack Schwartz Art Director
William N. Shull Animator
Grant Simmons Animator
Webb Smith Screenwriter
Lorna S. Soderstrom Consultant/advisor
George Stallings Original Story
Terrell Stapp Art Director
Robert Sterner Screenwriter
Art Stevens Animator
McLaren Stewart Art Director
Robert Stokes Animator
Leopold Stokowski Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard Swift Animator
Norman Tate Animator
Leo Thiele Screenwriter
Riley Thompson Animator
Don Tobin Animator
Harvey Toombs Animator
Don Towsley Animator
Vladimir Tytla Animator
John Walbridge Consultant/advisor
Berny Wolf Animator
Cornett Wood Animator
Marvin Woodward Animator
Cy Young Animator
Robert W. Youngquist Animator
Al Zinnen Art Director

Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 18 chapter(s) covering 02:04:15
1. Opening/Narrator's Introduction. [3:58]
2. "Toccata And Fugue In D Minor"- Johann Sebastian Bach. [3:20]
3. Narrator's Introduction. [6:19]
4. "The Nutcracker Suite"- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. [:39]
5. Narrator's Introduction. [6:08]
6. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"- Paul Dukas. [5:11]
7. Narrator's Introduction. [3:08]
8. "The Rite Of Spring"- Igor Stravinsky. [1:01]
9. Intermission. [6:09]
10. Meet The Soundtrack. [3:07]
11. Narrator's Introduction. [:30]
12. "The Pastoral Symphony"-Ludwig Van Beethoven. [3:04]
13. Narrator's Introduction. [7:49]
14. "Dance Of The Hours"- Amilcare Ponchielli. [7:57]
15. Narrator's Introduction. [6:52]
16. "Night On Bald Mountain"- Modeste Moussorgsky. [1:09]
17. "Ave Maria"- Franz Schubert. [:12]


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Fantasia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TonTon More than 1 year ago
This is a classic of cinematic and animation historical importance. It is beautiful and fun. From Mickey "borrowing" the sorcerer's hat to the demon in the mountain, every single piece is iconic. If you've been to DisneyWorld's Hollywood Studios, you've see Fantasmic! and will recognize the characters from this movie. My personal favorite is the seeds turning to fairies and fairies ice skating to illustrate the seasons. Even if you hate classic music, you'll love the imagery and the seamless way the conductors and animators brought them together.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Since I am a big music lover, I decided to checck out this movie. I was extremely satisfying. My favorite song is Night on Bald Mountain. Walt Disney did a great job in asembling this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why it this the number one Bela Lugosi look up????????????????????
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why isn't Deems Taylor's voice on the DVD? I don't get it. His voice was on the Laserdisc, and on the theatrical prints I saw in 1963 and 1972. The New Voice is considerably different, and Taylor's inflections were much more interesting and charming. I would be interested if anyone has inside knowledge on the reason for this unfortunate decision.
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