Monday, 14 February 2011

Fantasia Review (Updated)


Release Date: 21st August 1941 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 124 minutes

Budget: $2,280,000

Box Office Gross: $83,507,924

Plot Summary
Unforgettable images are
brought to life by some
of the world's best music -
the comedy of Mickey Mouse
as a trouble-making sorcerer's
apprentice, the beauty of
winged fairies and cascading
snowflakes, even plump
hippos performing ballet in

Leopold Stokowski - Himself -
The Conductor of The
Philadelphia Orchestra
Deems Taylor - Himself -
Narrative Introductions
Walt Disney - Mickey Mouse
in 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'
(Voice) (Uncredited)
Directors - Samuel Armstrong
(Toccata and Fugue in D
Minor & The Nutcracker
James Algar (The Sorcerer's
Apprentice), Bill Roberts &
Paul Satterfield (The Rite of
Ford Beebe, Jim Handley &
Hamilton Luske (The
Pastoral Symphony), Norman
Ferguson & T. Hee
(Dance of the Hours) & Wilfred
Jackson (Night on Bald
Mountain/Ave Maria)
Story Direction - Joe Grant &
Dick Huemer
Story Development - Phil
Dike (Toccata and Fugue
in D Minor & Night on Bald
Mountain/Ave Maria),
Lee Blair & Elmer Plummer
(Toccata and Fugue in D Minor),
Sylvia Moberly-Holland,
Norman Wright, Albert Heath,
Bianca Majolie & Graham Heid
(The Nutcracker Suite), Perce
Pearce & Carl Fallberg (The
Sorcerer's Apprentice), Otto
Englander, Webb Smith,
Erdman Penner, Joseph Sabo,
Bill Peet & Vernon Stallings
(The Pastoral Symphony) &
Campbell Grant & Arthur
Heinemann (Night on Bald
Mountain/Ave Maria)
Story Development &
Research (Rite of Spring) -
William Martin, Leo Thiele,
Robert Sterner & John
Producer - Walt Disney
Producer (Uncredited)/
Production Supervisor - Ben Sharpsteen
Cinematography - James
Wong Howe (Uncredited)


1942 Academy Awards
Honorary Awards - Leopold Stokowski (and his associates),
Walt Disney, William E. Garity and J.N.A. Hawkins (Won)

One of the Disney's really great animated classics, FANTASIA is an amazing film that mixes classical music and animation together in a blend and it is unlike that you never seen before. I praise four of its eight animated segments that are part of this classic movie which includes Nutcracker Suite, Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria, Dance of the Hours and last but not least my favourite, the Sorcerer's Apprentice which stars Mickey Mouse and is the famous and probably the best piece of all in the original FANTASIA. 

With all of its beautiful images and a dash of creativity, FANTASIA is such a special film that Walt Disney has ever done and he made this into a work of art that it will never be forgotten by anyone especially families or Disney lovers. For fans of this animated feature, you can now buy or hire it and its sequel FANTASIA 2000 (click here) on Blu-ray & DVD. 

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


  1. You've reminded me of this classic- I should get it out for my kids to watch. I love the soundtrack too!

  2. its a great movie i love the music in it