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#142. Fantasia

  • Year: 1940
  • Country: USA
  • Production: Walt Disney, 120m Technicolor
  • Director: Ben Sharpsteen (production supervisor)
  • Producer: Walt Disney
  • Screenplay: Joe Grant, Dick Huemer
  • Photography: James Wong Howe
  • Music: Back, Beethoven, Dukas, Mussorgsky, Schubert, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky
  • Cast: Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Oscar Wins: 2x Honorary Award

Abridged Book Description

Although now commonplace, creating images to interpret music was revolutionary when this audacious milestone in animation and stereophonic audio recording was conceived and executed by the Walt Disney studio to universal acclaim and astonishment... Most watchable are the abstractions ahead of their time to Bach, in which the multichannel sound is perfectly synchronized to the drawings and seems to soar out of the screen. Mickey Mouse, never more delightful than as the Sorcerer's Apprentice desperately try to halt the self-replicating brooms he has conjured up to do his chores, the dancing Chinese mushrooms, a darling chorus line of eyelash-batting pachyderms, the hippos in ballet tutus cavorting daintily and fleeing caped alligators to "The Dance of the Hours" - all still a hoot. Together these make for a sweet hour of greatness.