74th Anniversary of Fantasia

Fantasia has been a worldwide recognizable film and film icon for Walt Disney. Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film that was directed by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer. It was the third feature in the Disney animated movie archives and was supervised by Ben Sharpsteen. Bruce Sharpsteen directed 31 films between 1920 and 1980 and directed Disney classics, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Dumbo.  The Film consists of eight animated segments with classical musical by Leopald Stokoswki. The Philadelphia Orchestra also performed for the movie as well. The film runs an average of 126 minutes and had an overall budget of $2.28 million dollars. At first it did not receive the critical response it was hoping for but overtime it reached a $83.3 million dollars at the box office. There is so much to discuss about this film from the stories origins, design and animation and recording that i would like to name just a few of the many interesting facts.
At 124 minutes in length, this is the longest Disney animated feature.
The first American film to use stereophonic sound.
The surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí, made some illustrations for the movie, but his ideas were later discarded.
Premiered at the Broadway Theatre at 1681 Broadway at 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019.
The first major Hollywood film to be released with no written credits appearing onscreen except the intermission title card.
The first film to be presented to the general public in full digital sound.
The music for “The Dance of the Hours” was previously used in an early Silly Symphony cartoon Springtime (1929).
Yen Sid, Mickey Mouses teacher is Disney spelled backwards. 
All prints made between 1941 and 1956 were re-mixed in monaural sound. The stereo was not restored until the 1956 re-release.
Character actress Ruby Dandridge served as the live-action reference model for Hyacinth Hippo in the “Dance of the Hours” sequence.

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