Director-James Algar, Various
Starring-Leopold Stokowski, Walt Disney
Scott’s Review #544
Reviewed December 11, 2016
Before viewing this 1940 gem by Walt Disney, I was naive to knowing exactly what Fantasia was about- certainly, I had heard of it and knew it was an animated production, but was also mystified by it. Now embarrassed, I realize what a creative treat I missed out on. Better late than never.
I expected a Walt Disney animated story along the lines of Snow White or Pinocchio, but I was sorely mistaken by this assumption. While the film took me a bit to get into, it is a marvel and quite extravagant. The mixing of classical pieces and animated story is brilliant and is visually amazing. There are eight pieces in total, all with stories to tell.
Animated films are not typically my genre of choice, but this one impressed me quite a bit, if nothing more than the imagination involved. A Fantasia reboot emerged in 2000.