Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Length: 120 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 28 March 2011
Cat No: BUA0151501
Languages(s): English, Dutch, Russian
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
Subtitles: English, Dutch, Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian
Screen ratio 1:1.33
Dolby Digital 5.1
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Fantasia (Special Edition)
Ambitious animated epic from Disney studios, which includes sequences set to music by - amongst others - Bach, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky,... Read More
The 1930s were arguably the golden age of animation; certainly the end of that decade marked Walt Disney’s creative peak.
After the triumph of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1938, Disney unleashed another couple of all-out classics: Pinocchio and Fantasia. Neither of them actually turned a profit on their original release, and Fantasia didn’t break even until the late 1960s when music and bright colours were where it was really at.
But what a tremendous piece of work it is, unflaggingly inventive, deftly switching between the sinister, the spectacular and slapstick.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is rightly considered the film’s dramatic centrepiece, and The Dance of the Hours its comic highlight, but the whole thing abounds with gorgeously rendered sequences.
The animators are bold in their use of colour and unafraid to dabble in the abstract; and even in segments that now seem a tad misconceived, such as the fluffy pastel colours and frolicking centaurs in Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, there are gags and painterly touches to admire.
Anyone with the vaguest interest in animation should have Fantasia in their collection.