‘Throwback Thursday’: ‘Fantasia’ (1940)
Happy Thursday everyone! This week is really flying by and here we are rolling into another ‘Throwback Thursday’. With all this hype about the new Pokemon Go updates, I have been thinking a lot lately about a lot of the old cartoon movies and tv shows I used to watch. So naturally, I started going through my old movie cabinet and there I discovered some VHS tapes (ugh, talk about feeling old). In the pile of VHS tapes I found the original Pokemon movie, The Lion King and Angels in the Outfield just to name a few. One other movie I discovered was the classic movie/musical Fantasia. The original, not that 2000 remake movie.
Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced and released by Walt Disney Studios. he film consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music some of which were actually orchestrated by the famed Philadelphia Orchestra. You don’t have to be a classical music lover to enjoy this film, the animation in and of itself are still phenomenal to this day. I mean think about it, it wasn’t like they could sketch up this stuff on a computer program… these animations were drawn out by hand. (Not to say computer animated films aren’t amazing too, because they are! 🙂 )
The one segment titled The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, actually boosted Mickey Mouse’s popularity by an incredible rate. Still to this day, sorcerer Mickey is one of the most notable characters in the Walt Disney vault.
Fantasia was first released in theatrical roadshow engagements held in thirteen U.S. cities beginning on November 13, 1940. Because it was released during the time of WWII , it was unable to make a decent profit. Fantasia has grossed $76.4 million in domestic revenue. Fantasia, as a franchise, has grown to include video games, Disneyland attractions, a live concert, and a theatrically released sequel, Fantasia 2000, co-produced by Walt’s nephew Roy E. Disney in 1999. Fantasia has grown in reputation over the years and is now widely acclaimed; in 1998 the American Film Institute ranked it as the 58th greatest American film in their 100 Years…100 Movies.
Anyone else remember this classic film??