November 13, 1940.
Re-released: 1946, 1956, 1963, 1969, 1977, 1982, 1985.
Digitally restored and released in
Released on video: 1991.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Rite Of Spring
Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)
Dance Of The Hours
Toccata And Fugue In D Minor
Night On Bald Mountain
Fantasia was presented in an early stereo system called Fantasound, which was devised by the Disney Studios. Theaters needed to be specially equipped to present Fantasound, and therefore it originally only opened in 14 theaters.
Dopey, one of the Seven Dwarfs, was originally supposed to be the Sorcerer's Apprentice, but after Walt's insistence, Mickey was given the role instead.
The live action model for Chernabog was Bela Lugosi, who played Dracula.
Chernabog is based on Ukrainian folklore in which Chornibok means the black arts.
The Sorcerer is called Yen Sid, which is "Disney" spelt backwards.
Narrator: And now we're going to hear a piece of music that tells a very definite story. It's a very old story, one that goes back almost 2,000 years, a legend about a sorcerer who had an apprentice. He was a bright young lad, very anxious to learn the business. As a matter of fact, he was a little bit too bright, because he started practicing some of the boss's best magic tricks before learning how to control them.
Narrator: What you're going to see on the screen are the designs and pictures and stories that music inspired in the minds and imaginations of a group of artists. In other words, these are not going to be the interpretations of trained musicians, which I think is all to the good.
DVD & Soundtrack
DVD Bonus Features
- Restored, Remastered Original Theatrical Version
- Audio Commentaries By Roy E. Disney, Conductor James Levine, And More!
- Rare Archival Interviews With Walt Disney -- Spanning 3 Decades!
- "The Making Of Fantasia" Featurette
- THX-Certified, Including THX Optimode
Hear the pictures! See the music!
Fantasia will amaze ya! (1946 re-release)
Walt Disney's Technicolor Feature triumph.
In the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment, Mickey waves his hands in front of him and his sleeves spill over his hands. But when it shows his shadow on the wall his hands are shown.
In the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment, Mickey walks towards a wall and instead of his shadow growing smaller, it grows bigger.
In the Pastoral segment the baby Pegasuses jump into the water and change color when they resurface.
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