Fantasia (1940)

Regarded by many as Walt Disney's masterpiece, Fantasia predicted the modern music video by offering nine animated segments that were directly inspired by compressed versions of well-known classical music without necessarily adhering to… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: November 13, 1940
DVD Release Date: November 1, 1991
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A landmark in animation (and a huge influence on the medium of music video), Disney's Fantasia is a relentlessly inventive blend of the classics with phantasmagorical images.

Edwin Schallert
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The concept and some of the episodes are tainted with kitsch, but there's no other animated film with its scope and ambition.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

the films in the Disney Vault are brilliant pieces of work that need to be seen in the best visual presentation possible

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Time Out

Certainly not to be missed.

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Franz Hoellering
The Nation

I belong to those who had no need of that kind of entertainment, being content with seeing pictures and hearing music.

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John C. Flinn Sr.

There is something in Fantasia for every taste.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Fantasia is simply terrific -- as terrific as anything that has ever happened on a screen.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[Disney's] most personal and grandest vision. Watching the movie again proves that, of course, it's not a chore. It's a pleasure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
This is a pretty boring film, and not an effective vehicle for getting kids interested in classical music. There's no coherent story. It's just not… More
Carlos Magalh„es
This classic musical animation is undeniably beautiful and well made, a splendorous treat for the eyes and ears. Even so, it is also too artistic for its own… More
Alice Shen
The Disney cartoon sans narrative was quite vanguard in the 40s, but for an ostensible kids movie, the filmmakers didn't play to its audience.… More
Michael Edwards
this movie defines what classic means in the terms of disney
Alex roy
This film is one of the definitive classics in Disney's catalogue, along with Disney's flagship film, Snow White, Fantasia is the best film in… More
Jacob Ethington
This IS my childhood and my favorite film of all time. I don't recommend watching it to all people (most find it boring if they watch it for the first time… More