The Original Classic

DVD - 2010
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Digitally restored version of the 1940 film, Walt Disney's daring experiment combining animation and classical music. Includes music by Beethoven, Bach, Stravinsky, and George Gershwin and classic scenes with dancing hippos, flying whales, and Mickey Mouse appearing as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2010
Edition: Special ed
Branch Call Number: JDVD Fantasia
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Fantasia (1940)


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Mar 10, 2018

This is a fairly entertaining animated feature film from Disney Studios (1940).

Aug 23, 2016

Well, my darlings - Released in 1940 - Fantasia (a beautifully dazzling treat of both sight and sound) was the very first commercial film to be presented in stereophonic sound.

Even though Fantasia was a commercial failure upon its release in 1940 - Since 1969 (due to regular re-releases) it has grossed over $76 million, making it the 21st highest grossing film of all-time (when adjusted for inflation).

In its time Fantasia's awesome animation was nothing short of being revolutionary. On top of music from such composers as Bach, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky - One of Fantasia's animated highlights is "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", featuring everyone's favourite mouse, Mickey.... (Video-clip included)

Released 60 years after the original Fantasia - I found that this ambitious and well-produced sequel from Disney Studios fell quite short of my preconceived expectations.

When I speak of Fantasia 2000 not living up to my satisfaction, it all comes down to comparing it, as I have, to the 1940 original.

What I found was that the original's animated segments were undoubtedly more entertaining and their stories much more well thought out, than were those of the animated segments in Fantasia 2000.

When it came to being more vibrantly colourful, and having a greater richness in style, it was the distinctiveness of the hand-drawn animation of the 1940 film that easily won out over the CGI animation effects of Fantasia 2000. As a true work of art, the former's animation techniques were (and always will be) unsurpassed.

Out of the 7 new animated segments in this picture there was really only one that impressed me at all. It was the segment presented along with Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" as its musical accompaniment.

EuSei Dec 15, 2015

What a movie! I remember being completely stunned as a little child, watching it in the theater with my father; many years after it was first released in the USA (1940), it was still an amazing production. I was scared at some parts, but my father held my hand and I was able to enjoy the whole screening. When you watch this movie, keep in mind that at the time it was made there was no computerized help! Highly recommend.

Sep 08, 2015

The "Fantasia the Original Classic" disk was so scratched that it wouldn't play. We tried it on three different players. But, all was not lost since I found the full version on youtube. It was wonderful! I especially loved the dancing hippos.

Apr 07, 2013

the disc was so badly scratched we couldn't watch it...

Joe_Brusky Mar 16, 2013

Let me add that this 60th Anniversary copy is the uncut original release in the original screen format with remastered sound and art. Visually stunning.

ChesterIgor Jul 21, 2012

I borrowed this, thinking that there would be 2 CDs in the box, one with the 1940 film, and the other with the later version. Though the CD case mentions that it is the 2-movie, 2-disk edition, there was only one disk (with the 1940 version) in the box. Fantasia 2000 was not included. I thought that one of the disks might have been missing or stolen, but the librarian confirmed that there is only one disk. If you're looking to view Fantasia 2000, don't bother with this collection.

Released in 1940 - Fantasia (a beautifully dazzling treat of both sight and sound) was the very first commercial film to be presented in stereophonic sound.

In its time Fantasia's awesome animation was nothing short of revolutionary.

Combined with classical music masterpiece's (performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski) - Fantasia contains 8 meticulously animated segments, all of various lengths.

IAmARobot7 Feb 09, 2012

George Gershwin was a genius...

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EuSei Dec 15, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some scenes might be a bit scary for small children.


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