#3: Fantasia

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# 3: BCDB List of Disney Animated Films

Dis­ney released a sec­ond ani­mated fea­ture in the win­ter of 1940, the cel­e­brated concert-film Fan­ta­sia. A pet project of Walt Dis­ney, the film is noth­ing less than a full sym­phony con­cert, illus­trated by Dis­ney ani­ma­tion, with Leopold Stokowski con­duct­ing the Philadel­phia Orches­tra. The eight sequences are: “Toc­cata and Fugue in D Minor” (J. S. Bach), “The Nut­cracker Suite” (Tchaikovsky), “The Sorcerer’s Appren­tice” (Dukas), “The Rite of Spring” (Stravin­sky), “The Sixth Sym­phony (The Pas­toral)” (Beethoven), “Dance of the Hours” (Ponchielli) and “Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria” (Mussorgsky/Schubert).

The first fea­ture to be released with a stereo­phonic sound­track. This show had a limited-release pre­mier run in 7 chan­nel “Fan­ta­sound”. In the orig­i­nal road­show release, the film had an inter­mis­sion and extra intro snippits.

The name of the Wiz­ard char­ac­ter in “The Sorcerer’s Appren­tice” sequence “Yen Sid” is “Dis­ney” in reverse.

In 1990, Fan­ta­sia was one of 25 films added by the Library of Con­gress’ National Film Preser­va­tion Board to the National Film Registry.

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