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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, incorporating seven musical selections and a bridging narration by music critic Deems Taylor. The first… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times
"The concept and some of the episodes are tainted with kitsch, but there's no other animated film with its scope and ambition."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"the films in the Disney Vault are brilliant pieces of work that need to be seen in the best visual presentation possible"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Breathtaking animation feat -- with some creepy visuals."
‑ Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media
"A symphony of sound, animation and unbridled Disney spirit."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Certainly not to be missed."
‑ , Time Out
"I belong to those who had no need of that kind of entertainment, being content with seeing pictures and hearing music."
‑ Franz Hoellering, The Nation
"Despite a couple of uneven parts that may try the patience of some, the whole of Fantasia is a marvel."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"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."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"There is something in Fantasia for every taste."
‑ John C. Flinn Sr., Variety
"Fantasia is simply terrific -- as terrific as anything that has ever happened on a screen."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"[Disney's] most personal and grandest vision. Watching the movie again proves that, of course, it's not a chore. It's a pleasure."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Though Fantasia didn't perform as well as Walt Disney had hoped, it remains a testament to his exceptional cinematic genius. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"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."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
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