For lovers of classical music and animated images, colour and movement and music. Features Stravinski, Bethoven, "nutcracker", Bach ,Musorgsky and others. Good introduction into classical music for the young ones. Suitable even for young children. So, now I am looking forward to see Fantasia 2000.
Have seen it many times and worth seing again. An introduction to good music for little children.
Watched with my 12yo daughter who loved the cute parts like the Nutcracker and Sorcerer's Apprentice. A bit long though.
Still holds up well. My children loved it, especially the Socrerer's apprentice.
I loved this film ,and was so pleased to see that my childhood memorys of it were still so strong.the animation was very modern.
I remember seeing this as a kid so got it for my 5 and 3 year olds. My 5 year old enjoyed it by the 3 year old was totally freaked out by the scary devil and ghosts in the Halloween bit. I have no memory of that - maybe I'd blocked it out because it was so terrifying. Good, but not for very young kids (or you could always stop it before it gets to that bit).
In the forties this was my first introduction to the world of classical music, and I am forever grateful.Although the music is now familiar, I am still impressed by the imagination and versatility of the Disney artists. My only criticism is the poor sound quality, but perhaps I am expecting a 2006 reproduction for a 1940 production. Still very enjoyable
A brilliantly inventive marriage of music and animated images must surely qualify this amazing achievment as one of Walt Disney's best. Both he and Leopold Stokowsky won special awards for their interpretation of classical cartoon animations, innovative multiplane camerawork, ground-breaking use of stereophonic sound and not least for the performances of Bach, Beethoven ('The Pastoral Symphony'), Dukas ('The Sorcerer's Apprentice' with Mickey Mouse), Moussorgsky (Night on a Bald Mountain), Ponchielli (Dance of the hours' with comical hippos and alligators), Schubert, Stravinski and also Tchaikovsky ('The Nutcracker Suite'). Modern audiences however may well find at times the narration by Deems Taylor to be somewhat dated. Remade some 60 years later but as a relatively uninteresting and quite forgettable computerised version.
Fair bit of a letdown - would have been good if you appreciate your orchestral music, but as a kids show, a real letdown. Could also ptentially be fairly scary for young kids, particularly the last half hour...
One for younger children as the lack of dialogue didn't appeal to my 6 yr old. Nice music and good animation in an old fashioned way.