Parents' Guide to

Fantasia

By Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Breathtaking animation feat -- with some creepy visuals.

Movie G 1940 120 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 2+

Love the film

My babies love the music and the little cartoons that go along with it. There’s very little dialogue, as it’s mostly classic music. My little kids would get fidgety when the conductor spoke or when the cartoons weren’t on. Other than that, they loved it, and it relaxed them. Let’s talk about the negative reviews of the film that I’ve seen. First off: let’s talk about the nudity. The most you actually see that comes close to genitals are little baby butts on the angels. They don’t even have genitals; all you see are little tushies. My kiddos have seen baby butts in real life- their own. You see breasts on the human/ horse characters with no nipples. I teach my kids that breasts are for nourishing babies, not sex. You see no penises or vaginas. Only breasts without nipples and baby butts. Next is the violence. Most kids, especially boys, like dinosaurs. Mine do. And they know that dinosaurs kill one another for food, which is exactly what happened. My kids didn’t seem upset by it. This may upset other kids, though. my kids were taken back when Mickey Mouse brought a broom to life and then axed it to death, which was only the silhouette. They thought that was strange. Mickey gets popped on the butt with a broom after that. Big deal. My kids laughed at that. I didn’t see anything worth getting too bent out of shape about. It’s a cute music video with cartoons.
age 8+

Incredible, weird, fun, and magical

Disney is going great with this! I loved this, but there is some violence. And as a Disney film, of course, this is magical.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (39 ):

Disney's most experimental movie may bore kids used to more straightforward storytelling, and preschoolers may need to skip the scary parts. However, these are minor quibbles when confronted with the breathtaking artistry that dominates the movie.At the time the movie was made, the Disney factory was at the absolute peak of its powers. Fantasia exhibits a stunning attention to detail that would never again be duplicated (a result of the movie's initial box office failure). "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" remains a tour de force of music, character animation, and photographic effects.

Nevertheless, there are some dry spots. "Dance of the Hours," with its dancing hippos and alligators, is funny, but drags on longer than necessary. The "Pastoral" is the blandest sequence; its scenes of teenage centaurs courting one another are more reminiscent of prom night than ancient mythical worlds. Seen decades later, much of the film's imagery continues to astonish, even when compared with modern, computer-enhanced extravaganzas.

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