By Webteam - 13th November 2019 6:01am
is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, and production supervision by Ben Sharpsteen, it is the third Disney animated feature film. The film consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski, seven of which are performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Music critic and composer Deems Taylor acts as the film's Master of Ceremonies, providing a live-action introduction to each animated segment.
Disney settled on the film's concept as work neared completion on The Sorcerer's Apprentice, an elaborate Silly Symphonies short designed as a comeback role for Mickey Mouse, who had declined in popularity. As production costs grew higher than what it could earn, Disney decided to include the short in a feature-length film with other segments set to classical pieces. The soundtrack was recorded using multiple audio channels and reproduced with Fantasound, a pioneering sound reproduction system that made Fantasia the first commercial film shown in stereophonic sound.
Fantasia was first released as a theatrical roadshow held in thirteen U.S. cities from November 13, 1940. While acclaimed by critics, it was unable to make a profit due to World War II cutting off distribution to the European market, the film's high production costs, and the expense of leasing theatres and installing the Fantasound equipment for the roadshow presentations. The film was subsequently reissued multiple times with its original footage and audio being deleted, modified, or restored in each version. Fantasia is the 23rd highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. when adjusted for inflation. The Fantasia franchise has grown to include video games, Disneyland attractions, and a live concert.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Audlem Medical Practice Update — 9.7.2020As we take the first tentative steps out of lockdown we would like to take the opportunity to thank all our patients who have supported each other and their vulnerable or shielding neighbours during this difficult time. We would also like to thank all of our staff who have helped us to remain open and continue to provide care through this most difficult...
This interesting aerial photograph of Little Heath in the 1960's was sent in by Kevin Errington, who has recently moved.The photo was found in the house he has just moved into.Other old photos of Little Heath can be seen on the Audlem Archive site, by clicking here and entering "Little Heath" into the search...
Howard is member of ADAPT, and although he is the author of this article he would like to acknowledge the assistance of Andy Hannah, Chris Thornton, and Alan Draper.Veronica rang me the other morning. Brilliant photographer, heart of gold, bit of a rah-rah, used to keep horses when she lived up here, and followed the Hunt — you know the sort. Well, after we had visited her dentist together...
Tuesday 14th Jul