Directors: Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen, David D. Hand, Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe, T. Hee, Norman Ferguson and Wilfred Jackson
Original Release: 1940
Choice: Purple Penguin's
My Overall Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Our daughter loves the movie, too. I own a VHS copy and when she was younger, I wrote down the times for each segment so that I could more easily rewind and fast forward to her favorite segments. It had been quite a long time since we'd watched it, longer still since we'd watched it beginning to end.
I don't know if I have a favorite piece in the movie. Instead, I'm fond of particular images within the different shorts. I love the sorcerer parting the waters as he's coming down the stairs in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the dancers snapping back to flowers at the end of "Russian Dance" and the devil folding his wings back over himself at the end of Night on Bald Mountain.
Mostly, I love the idea of film as vessel for music as opposed to using the score for mere atmospheric effect. Fantasia is an engaging celebration of Western art music and is as worthy an introduction to the medium as any to be created in the past 75 years. I'd love to see a new Fantasia someday, particularly one devoted to jazz.