Fantasia

Data
Title: Fantasia
Year: 1940
Length: 120 minutes
Directors: Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, Ford Beebe, Jim Handley, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson
Writers: Joe Grant, Dick Huemer, and about 23 other people
Starring: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor
Music: classical music arranged and conducted by Leopold Stokowski
Distinctions: 2 honorary Academy Awards for “the advancement of the use of sound” and “the creation of a new form of visualized music” (1942)

My reaction
Synopsis: various pointless animated sequences
How I saw it: on video a couple times (have on VHS), most recently yesterday
Concept: Good. If they had given any of the segments other than “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” a story of some sort, it could have been a great movie. Instead we’ve got two hours of Characterless Things dancing around.
Story: Terrible. Nope.
Characters: Terrible.
Dialog: Bad.
Pacing: Terrible.
Cinematography: Great.
Special effects/design: Good. I would say great, if it weren’t for the gaudiness of the My Little Ponies segment.
Acting: Indifferent.
Music: Great. They’re famously mediocre performances/orchestrations, and the selection of which pieces to use is sometimes baffling. So, for a collection of classical music, it’s pretty bad. But for a film score, it’s great.
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad). Oh my God it’s so boring.
Objective Rating: 1.8/4 (Eh).

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