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5 out of 5 stars
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Best Disney films: Fantasia

Time Out says

Renowned abstract film-maker Oskar Fischinger, employed in a distant capacity on the Bach sequence, called this Disney effort a 'conglomeration of tastelessness'. He wasn't kidding. Only the Dukas Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence, with Mickey Mouse, where the storyboard is effectively provided by the composer, achieves a respectable kind of success. For the rest, Disney's attempts at the visual illustration of Beethoven and Co - a dubious exercise anyway - produce Klassical Kitsch of the highest degree. Awesomely embarrassing; but some great sequences for all that, and certainly not to be missed.


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120 mins

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Ben Sharpsteen supervisor
Joe Grant, Dick Huemer

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This film is justly famous for the fantastic Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence with Mickey Mouse and a broom and it never gets old or boring. The rest of the film is very much a kind of Young Person's Guide to classical music, and that's not such a bad thing, with a human conductor who talks directly to the audience, some amazing orchestrations and even better cartoon sequences that celebrate works by Tchaikovsky, Bach, Stravinsky, Beethoven and others. You and/or your child may not want to watch this film as often as The Little Mermaid, for example, but it's lovely to listen to and watch even just once.


I have fond memories of watching this as a child and it was great introduction to classical music, my favourite being the Pastoral symphony by Beethoven which shows sequences of Greek mythology. Still enjoy watching it today. My least favourite as child was that evil mountain- it used to scare me a lot. The mickey mouse scene also scared me- the multiplying brooms seemed so evil!

So sorry you find one of filmdom's great masterpieces "awsomely embarrassing" but most of us do not.

So sorry you find one of filmdom's great masterpieces "awsomely embarrassing" but most of us do not.