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Fantasia is an American media franchise owned by The Walt Disney Company that commenced in 1940 with the theatrical release of the film of the same name.

Fantasia
Created byWalt Disney
Original workVarious classical music
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company
Films and television
Film(s)
Short film(s)
Direct-to-videoIce Age (film) The sword in the Stone (film)
Games
Video game(s)
Miscellaneous
Theme park attraction(s)
Miniature golf courseFantasia Gardens (1996–present)
Concert tourDisney Fantasia: Live in Concert
Resort hotelFantasia section at Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
All short films listed were proposed for the cancelled Fantasia 2006 project.
* Work where this franchise's characters or settings appeared as part of a crossover.

Animated filmsEdit

FantasiaEdit

Fantasia 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 feature in the Disney animated features canon. 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, who introduces each segment in live-action interstitial scenes.

Fantasia 2000Edit

Fantasia 2000 is a 1999 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 38th animated film in the Disney animated features canon and the sequel to the 1940 film Fantasia. As with its predecessor the film consists of animated segments set to pieces of classical music, with The Sorcerer's Apprentice being the only segment that is featured in both films. The soundtrack was performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with conductor James Levine. A group of celebrities introduce each segment in live-action scenes including Steve Martin, Itzhak Perlman, Bette Midler, Penn & Teller, James Earl Jones, Quincy Jones, and Angela Lansbury.

Cancelled projectsEdit

MusicanaEdit

In 1980, Los Angeles Times reported that animators Wolfgang Reitherman and Mel Shaw had begun work on Musicana, "an ambitious concept mixing jazz, classical music, myths, modern art and more, following the old Fantasia format". The project was shelved in favor of Mickey's Christmas Carol.

Fantasia 2006Edit

Early development for a third film began in 2002, with a working title of Fantasia 2006. Plans were made to include One by One by Pixote Hunt and The Little Matchgirl by Roger Allers in the film before the project was shelved in 2004 for reasons unknown, with the proposed segments released as individual short films.

Destino is an animated short film released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its eventual completion. The project was originally a collaboration between Walt Disney and Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, and features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez and performed by Dora Luz. In 1999, Walt Disney's nephew Roy E. Disney, while working on Fantasia 2000, unearthed the dormant project and decided to bring it back to life.

Lorenzo is a 2004 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation about a cat, Lorenzo, who is "dismayed to discover that his tail has developed a personality of its own." The short was directed by Mike Gabriel and produced by Baker Bloodworth. It premiered at the Florida Film Festival on March 6, 2004, and later appeared as a feature before the film Raising Helen; however, it did not appear on the DVD release of the film. Work on the film began in 1943, but was shelved. It was later found along with Destino.

One by One is a traditionally animated short film directed by Pixote Hunt and released by Walt Disney Pictures on August 31, 2004, as an extra feature on the DVD release of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Special Edition.

The Little Matchgirl is a 2006 animated short film directed by Roger Allers and produced by Don Hahn. It is based on an original story by Hans Christian Andersen entitled The Little Girl with the Matches or The Little Match Girl, published in 1845.

Live-action filmsEdit

The Sorcerer's ApprenticeEdit

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, and Monica Bellucci. The film is named after the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment in the films (with one scene being an extensive reference to it).

The Nutcracker and the Four RealmsEdit

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a 2018 American fantasy adventure film directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, written by Ashleigh Powell, and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film stars Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, with Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman. The Nutcracker Suite segment serves as inspiration for the feature-length movie.

Night on Bald Mountain live-action adaptationEdit

In June 2015, Disney was developing the Night on Bald Mountain sequence from the film, with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless writing and executive producing the live-action film.[1] However, as of October 2019, no updates on the project have been announced.

ParodiesEdit

A Corny ConcertoEdit

A Corny Concerto is an American animated cartoon short produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and distributed by Warner Bros.. It was directed by Bob Clampett, written by Frank Tashlin, animated by Robert McKimson, and released as part of the Merrie Melodies series on September 25, 1943. A parody of Fantasia, the film uses two of Johann Strauss' best known waltzes, Tales from the Vienna Woods and The Blue Danube, adapted by the cartoon unit's music director, Carl Stalling and orchestrated by its arranger and later, Stalling's successor, Milt Franklyn.

Allegro Non TroppoEdit

Allegro Non Troppo is a 1976 Italian animated film directed by Bruno Bozzetto. Featuring six pieces of classical music, the film is a parody of Fantasia, two of its episodes being derived from the earlier film. The classical pieces are set to color animation, ranging from comedy to deep tragedy.

GumbasiaEdit

Gumbasia is a 1953 short film by Art Clokey.

Theme park attractionsEdit

Fantasmic!Edit

Fantasmic! is a nighttime show at Disneyland in the Disneyland Resort, Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World and Tokyo DisneySea in Tokyo Disney Resort. The show features fireworks, live actors, water effects, pyrotechnics, music, several boats, decorated rafts and projections onto large mist screens featuring reworked Disney animation.

Fantasia GardensEdit

The Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf complex is a miniature golf course located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, United States. Located across from the Swan and Dolphin resorts, it has two 18-hole courses themed after the movie Fantasia and opened on May 20, 1996.

Mickey's PhilharMagicEdit

Mickey's PhilharMagic is a Fantasyland attraction at Walt Disney World theme parks. The story is a variant on "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", when Donald Duck tries to set up an orchestra for "Maestro Mickey" using the famous Sorcerer's Hat. But the orchestra turns on him and Donald must journey through several Disney musical numbers to get the hat back for Mickey. The show first opened on September 1, 2003.

Sorcerer's HatEdit

Sorcerer's Hat was the icon of Disney's Hollywood Studios, the third of four theme parks built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. Mickey Mouse's gloved hand and ears underneath the hat are visible emerging from the ground. With its opening on September 28, 2001, it replaced the Earful Tower as the park's icon in marketing material. In October 2014, Disney confirmed that the structure will be removed by early 2015.[2] The structure's removal began on January 7, 2015.[3]

Video gamesEdit

Sorcerer's Apprentice (Atari)Edit

In 1983, Atari released a game called Sorcerer's Apprentice for the Atari 2600, based on that segment of Fantasia. The player, as Mickey Mouse, must collect falling stars and comets which will prevent the marching brooms from flooding Yen Sid's cavern.

Fantasia (Sega)Edit

In 1991, a side-scrolling Fantasia video game developed by Infogrames was released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis system. The player controls Mickey Mouse, who must find missing musical notes scattered across four elemental worlds based upon the film's segments.

Epic MickeyEdit

There are several film reel levels based on some of the movie's segments such as Sorcerer's Apprentice and Night on Bald Mountain that appear in the Epic Mickey games.

Kingdom HeartsEdit

The Disney/Square Enix crossover game series Kingdom Hearts features Chernabog as a boss in the first installment and in Dream Drop Distance. The Night on Bald Mountain piece is played during the fight. Yen Sid appears frequently in the series beginning with Kingdom Hearts II, voiced in English by Corey Burton. Symphony of Sorcery, a world based on the film, appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

Disney Infinity seriesEdit

Disney Infinity is an action-adventure sandbox toys-to-life video game series that was first released in 2013. The series contained references Fantasia and other Disney properties. A Mickey Mouse figurine based on his appearance in The Sorcerer's Apprentice segment in the films was released on January 26, 2014, with a translucent "Infinite" series version of the figure released as a Toys "R" Us exclusive. "Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey Mouse" is playable in all three games of the series.

Fantasia: Music EvolvedEdit

Fantasia: Music Evolved is a motion-controlled music rhythm game developed by Harmonix for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One with Kinect. It is the interactive successor to Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. It was released on October 21, 2014.

ConcertEdit

Disney Fantasia: Live in ConcertEdit

A live concert presentation of the film named Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert, showcases various segments from both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. The concert version features a live symphony orchestra and piano soloist accompanying projected high definition video segments. As of 2014, the concert is touring throughout the world.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Khatchatourian, Maane (June 3, 2015). "Disney Developing 'Fantasia' Sequence Into Live-Action Movie". Variety.
  2. ^ Sandra Pedicini; Dewayne Bevil (October 25, 2014). "Disney's Hollywood Studios removing sorcerer's hat". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  3. ^ Bevil, Dewayne (January 7, 2015). "Disney visitors say farewell to Hollywood Studios' big hat". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 7, 2015.