[[caption-width-right:300: The greatest classical symphony music video ever made.]]

->''"Fantasia will amazia!"''
-->-- '''{{Tagline}}''' for 1942 reissue

''Fantasia'' is a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940]] animated film from Creator/WaltDisney and the third entry in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. It's a surreal, yet classic blend of animation and ClassicalMusic, often considered to have been ahead of its time back in the day. Another way to describe it as is ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies: TheMovie''.


[[folder: The film consists of animated sequences synchronized to classic pieces of music. They are as follows: ]]

* ''Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor'', attributed to Music/JohannSebastianBach. [[DisneyAcidSequence This sequence features abstract images, shapes and forms moving in time to the music.]]
* ''Theatre/TheNutcracker Suite'', composed by Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky. Surprisingly, this features no characters from the ''Nutcracker'' ballet,[[note]]As host Deems Taylor points out, "Incidentally, uh, you won't see any 'nutcracker' on the screen; there's [[TheArtifact nothing left of him but the title]]."[[/note]] but original sequences based on the Seasons featuring dancing fairies, fish, flowers, leaves, and even ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs mushrooms]]'' (not a [[MushroomSamba samba]], however).
* ''The Sorcerer's Apprentice'', composed by Paul Dukas. The most famous scene in the entire film. This sequence features WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a sorcerer's apprentice]], who borrows his master's enchanted hat and decides to try out its powers. He finds out, however, that the magic is a [[PowerIncontinence little too much for him to handle.]]
* ''Theatre/TheRiteOfSpring'', composed by Music/IgorStravinsky. This sequence showcases the evolution of life on Earth, from the formation of the planet to the extinction of the dinosaurs, [[ScienceMarchesOn according to the theories of the time]].
* ''The [[{{Arcadia}} Pastoral]] Symphony'' (Symphony No. 6), composed by Music/LudwigVanBeethoven. During this part of the film, mythical creatures such as centaurs, cupids, satyrs, unicorns, and Pegasi prance around, and attend a festival for the god Bacchus/Dionysus, only to have it interrupted by Jupiter/Zeus and Vulcan/Hephaestus.
* ''Dance of the Hours'', composed by Amilcare Ponchielli. In this sequence, ballet-dancing anthropomorphic animals (ostriches, hippos, elephants, and crocodiles), representing the times of day (morning, noon, evening and night) dance in time to the music in a loose adaptation of its original ballet, ''La Gioconda''.
* ''Music/NightOnBaldMountain[=/=]Ave Maria'', composed by Music/ModestMussorgsky and Music/FranzSchubert, respectively. The first half of this sequence is probably the most frightening sequence in Disney animation, featuring Chernabog (who is essentially the Devil, instead of an actual Slavic Pagan deity [[note]] In the film the character is more or less explicitly identified as Satan; he only started being called "Chernabog" decades later for business reasons. The word "chernabog" in Russian literally means "Black God" [[/note]]) raising the dead from the grave. The sequence leads to a contrasting sequence to the calm tune of ''Ave Maria'', featuring a procession of pilgrims walking through a forest with the rocks and trees evoking a cathedral, to witness the dawn.

A sequel was made in 1999: ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}''.[[note]]Yes, the movie called ''Fantasia 2000'' was released in the year 1999.[[/note]] Unlike most Disney sequels, this one was actually in accordance with Walt Disney's intent; the original idea was to update the film ''every year'', animating one or two new songs every time and rotating older ones out of the print to make room for the fresh material. In addition, the prestige of being in a ''Fantasia'' film meant that Disney had no trouble lining up celebrities to introduce the various sections of film.

Disney later planned an international-themed follow-up, called ''Fantasia/2006'', and later ''Fantasia World''. After the cancellation of its theatrical release, some of the completed shorts received limited or direct-to-video releases. In 2010, Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo announced plans to include the feature on the ''Fantasia'' Special Edition[[labelnote:*]]referred to in early press materials as either a Platinum Edition or a Diamond Edition instead[[/labelnote]] 2-Movie Collection Blu-Ray, but by the time the Collection reached stores, they decided to only include one short.


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* ''Destino'', composed by Armando Dominguez. The long-awaited result of a collaboration between Creator/WaltDisney and Creator/SalvadorDali, this short depicts Dahlia, a woman dancing her way through Dalí-inspired environments and the doomed love the god Chronos has for her. Premiered at a 2003 French film festival, and became available to own on the ''Fantasia'' Blu-Ray collection.
* ''Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl'' (''Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 in D Major'', composed by Alexander Borodin). Disney relocates the Creator/HansChristianAndersen story to Russia, but otherwise adapts it to a surprisingly faithful extent. Premiered at a 2006 French film festival, and included on the 2006 Platinum Edition DVD and 2013 Diamond Edition Blu-ray of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (another Disney-produced adaptation of an Andersen story) as well as the 2015 ''Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection''.
* ''One By One'', composed by Lebo M. This short features South African children preparing and flying colorful kites to the accompaniment of a deleted ''Disney/TheLionKing'' song (that was later salvaged for [[Theatre/TheLionKing the musical]]). Included on the 2004 Special Edition DVD and 2011 Special Edition Blu-ray of ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''.
* ''Lorenzo'', (''Bordoneo y 900'', composed by Osvaldo Ruggiero, arranged by Juan Jose Mosalini.) A cat is jinxed into having a tail with a separate personality. Premiered during the theatrical release of the 2004 Creator/KateHudson movie ''Film/RaisingHelen'', and released on Blu-ray and DVD as part of the August 2015 ''Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection''.

A platform game for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis loosely based on the first movie was released on 1991, though it's widely regarded as mediocre at best. A 2014 rhythm music game by Creator/{{Harmonix}}, ''Fantasia: Music Evolved'' has been released for the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} and UsefulNotes/XboxOne. Yen Sid is also a major character in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' and ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' series.

In 2010, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" sequence was [[AdaptationExpansion expanded]] into an InNameOnly live-action fantasy adventure film starring Creator/NicolasCage and Creator/JayBaruchel aptly named...''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice''. A LiveActionAdaptation of "Night On Bald Mountain" sequence is in development, and is being written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the creative team behind ''Film/DraculaUntold''.

Not to be confused with the ''Series/AmericanIdol'' winner Fantasia Barrino, or the name of the fantasy world in the film version of ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.

Compare later Disney films ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'' and ''Disney/MelodyTime'' which both feature music-based shorts, even using a few of the unused ideas from ''Fantasia''. Contrast ''WesternAnimation/AllegroNonTroppo'', the 1977 Bruno Bozzetto answer to ''Fantasia'', which hovers comfortably somewhere between AffectionateParody and TakeThat (and is just as breathtakingly beautiful). Compare also the 1943 [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short ''WesternAnimation/ACornyConcerto'', also an AffectionateParody of ''Fantasia''.



[[folder:Both films provide examples of]]
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation:
** ''Rhapsody in Blue'' does this to everyone no matter their race, keeping with the cool tones of the style. This also applies in "Pastoral Symphony" for everyone, notably the centaurs.
** In the original theatrical release, there was a centaur named Sunflower, with glossy black DONKEY (not horse) parts, brown human parts, and a stereotypical blackface head. Her function was to serve the others--polishing their hooves, bringing them refreshments, etc. She was removed from theatrical rereleases after 1969 and is missing from home video releases.
* AnimalGenderBender:
** ''Pomp and Circumstance'' seems to feature two ''male'' ostriches being led into the Noah's Ark.
** The Male-colored ostriches in "Dance of the Hours" were obviously intended to be female.
* AnimationBump: Both are considered this for Disney. The 1940 version included dynamic backgrounds, color shifts, changes in lighting, translucent paints and numerous effects shots that had simply never been done before (lightning, waves, stars, lava, earthquakes). The 2000 version had combination of traditional animation and CGI (that was actually started back before production on ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' began), as well as watercolor cells for the Carnival of Animals and pastel backgrounds in Beethoven's Fifth.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Mainly the centaurettes and the cherubs in the "Pastoral" Symphony.
** The forest sprite in the ''Firebird'' segment. It's entirely possible that this character [[NoBiologicalSex doesn't even have a sex]].
** Averted by the Succubi in ''Night On Bald Mountain''. Then there's the shots of the flying harpies.
* CreepyGood: Yen Sid the sorcerer actually looks pretty sinister. But come on, if '''Mickey Mouse''' is willing to be his apprentice he can't possibly be a bad guy.
* DerangedAnimation: The entirety of the first film, the second at least attempted to not be as lucid.
* DisneyAcidSequence: The entirety of the films, especially the first.
* EldritchAbomination: Chernabog from the original; the Firebird from the sequel may also qualify. Chernabog, if interpreted as evil, is an identifiable evil, motivated by sadism and boredom. The Firebird, however, is a force of nature; [[BlueAndOrangeMorality it is nigh-incomprehensible in motives]], just laying waste to everything in front of it.
* EpisodeDiscussionScene: Each of the two films begin in live-action with the conductor explaining the premise and structure of the film: [[MickeyMousing a series of animated shorts set to classical music.]]
* EvilIsBurningHot: Chernabog covers himself in fire near the end of ''Night on Bald Mountain''. The Firebird may also qualify, as it is a destructive force.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the ''Night On Bald Mountain'' sequence, ''naked women'' can be seen several times -- most blatantly in the form of three flickering flames. Of course, they're so artfully drawn that no actual naughty bits can be discerned, but it's the thought that counts. The harpies that start flying around not long before the Church bells start chiming have ''nipples,'' and fly right towards the camera.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Chernabog and the Firebird.
* TheGreatFlood:
** The ''Rite of Spring'' segment actually ends with the entire Earth being flooded by a massive tidal wave caused by a solar eclipse.
** Retold in ''Fantasia 2000'' in the re-imagined "Noah's Ark" adaptation of ''Pomp and Circumstance''.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Hyacinth Hippo and Ben Ali Gator in the "Dance of the Hours" segment.
** Also implied between the elk and the forest sprite in the ''Firebird'' segment.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Done retroactively with some of the narrative segments.
* MickeyMousing: Done in reverse!
* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon
* MindScrew: Many examples throughout the movie.
** The Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor sequence, combining this with DisneyAcidSequence.
** "Destino". A given since one of its creators was Creator/SalvadorDali.
* MoodWhiplash:
** In the last sequence of the original ''Fantasia'' the whole "undead being raised" thing in ''Night on Bald Mountain'' ends with churchgoers singing ''Ave Maria'' in a sharp contrast to the first part of the segment.
** In ''Fantasia 2000'' the humor in ''Rhapsody in Blue'' is interspersed with scenes that remind you that it takes place during [[TheGreatDepression the thirties]], which can be a bit depressing.
** ''Pomp and Circumstance'' does this a few times where it starts off with a hilarious slapstick sequence where Donald tries to get the animals to board the ship, but changes to sad when Donald and Daisy both think the other was killed in the flood, then goes back again to slapstick.
** The ''Firebird Suite'' begins with sweet, gentle lilting music as the Sprite awakens, greets the new day with her animal companion, and begins spreading the growth of spring; switches to trepidation and unease as she discovers the dormant volcano, only to explode into full-out nighmarish horror when she unwittingly releases the Firebird which destroys her home; and then after a deeply sorrowful MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment, returns to celebration, joy, and awe as she draws upon her powers stronger than ever to completely restore the land.
* NoNameGiven: In many of the numbers with original characters, the main characters' names are never mentioned in the movie, but according to WordOfGod, they do have names.
** For example, in ''Rhapsody in Blue'' they are, in order of appearance: Duke, [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Jobless Joe]], Rachel, and John. Rachel and John are [[ShoutOut named after]] Eric Goldberg's youngest daughter and animation historian John Culhane, respectively.
** The same goes for ''Carnival of the Animals'', where the yo-yo playing flamingo is called "Our Hero" and the other flamingos are named "The Snotty Six."
** The little mushroom in ''The Nutcracker Suite'' is named Hop Low.
** The leads in ''Dance of the Hours'' are Madamoiselle Upanova (ostrich), Hyacinth Hippo, Elephanchine,[[note]] A nod to famed ballet choreographer George Balanchine[[/note]] and Ben Ali Gator.
** In ''The Sorcerer's Apprentice'' the eponymous sorcerer is called [[SdrawkcabName Yen Sid]].
* PopCulturalOsmosis: Some of the sequences in the original. The intro to the "Pomp and Circumstance" segment brings up this trope as well.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The point was to introduce children to not only to classical music, but to post-modernism as well.
** Averted with ''Rhapsody In Blue'', which they had to get permission from the Gershwin estate to use. They probably didn't have much difficulty.
** Averted with ''The Rite of Spring'', as Igor Stravinsky was still alive at the time of the 1940 film's production, and the development team had to get permission from him, also without any difficulty.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The T-Rex in ''Rite of Spring'' has devilish ones, as do the Sewer Rats in "Steadfast Tin Soldier."
* RogerRabbitEffect: Mickey shaking hands with Leopold Stokowski, and in the sequel, adjusting James Levine's lapel.
* ScareChord: Built into some of the pieces, and taken full advantage of by the animators.
* SceneryPorn:
** Most of the sequences in both movies, with ''Firebird'' and ''Pines of Rome'' showing some particularly stunning backgrounds.
** Even for the 40s, many pieces, even the deleted "Clair de Lune", had ''beautiful'' backgrounds.
* SealedEvilInACan: Arguably, the Firebird (well, maybe sleeping evil). More so with the "Cutterflies" in the 5th Symphony. Chernabog is sealed in a timed can, since he gets let out of the peak of Bald Mountain once a year on St. John's Eve.[[note]](Which in the Russian Orthodox calendar is July 6th.)[[/note]]

[[folder:The original 1940 film contains examples of]]
* AffectionateParody: Bob Clampett's 1943 Warner Bros. cartoon "A Corny Concerto" and Bruno Bozzetto's 1976 parody ''WesternAnimation/AllegroNonTroppo''.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The gators.
* {{Arcadia}}: The ''Pastoral'' Symphony was composed by Beethoven as a love letter to the countryside of central Europe. ''Fantasia'' transplants the setting to an ancient Greece populated by satyrs, centaurs, cherubs, pegasi, unicorns, and deities, but it is still set in an idyllic countryside of meadows, forests, streams, and lakes.
* AncientGrome: The ''Pastoral'' Symphony sequence shamelessly muddles together Greek and Roman mythology. Deems Taylor's introduction names Zeus and Artemis alongside Bacchus and Vulcan
* ArtEvolution: Freddy Moore completely redesigned the Mickey model sheet for this film (particularly changing the eyes), giving the appearance that is still used today.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology:
** The ostriches in the "Dance of the Hours" sequence are ''supposed to be female''...but the plumage is that of a male ostrich. Females are brown.
** A flagellate protozoa in an early part of the ''Rite of Spring'' sequence is shown using its flagellum as a feeler rather than a propulsion organ. The animator may have only looked at microscopic still photos, though.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: ''Rite of Spring'', filled with StockDinosaurs (including the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'') of different Mesozoic periods and sometimes-questionable anatomy. In fact, ''Tyrannosaurus'' lived closer to when ''humans'' live today than he did to when Stegosaurus lived. According to commentary on the Blu-Ray release, the fight was originally to have between the ''T. rex'' and a ''Triceratops'', but the ''Stegosaurus'' was switched in as the animators felt the [[ComicStrip/TheFarSide thagomizer]] would make the battle more interesting. Going by [[ScienceMarchesOn the 1940s understanding of dinosaurs]], however, it's [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting pretty accurate]] (apart of course from the AnachronismStew)--in fact, the "''T. rex''" was drawn with three fingers, making it an ''Allosaurus'', which did live in the Jurassic alongside ''Stegosaurus''. On the other hand, it is too bulky and lacks the brow horns ''Allosaurus'' is also known for having.
** There is also a glimpse of the vastly out of place ''Dimetrodon'', a synapsid living a good 100 million years before the dinosaurs evolved. But this creature has a tendency to be mashed up with dinosaurs anyway.
* AscendedToCarnivorism: In the ''Rite of Spring'' sequence, ''Plateosaurus'' and ''Kannemeyeria'' (both herbivorous) are portrayed eating clams. Becomes a case of AccidentallyCorrectWriting in the case of the plateosaurs, which are now believed to have been partially omnivorous.
* AstronomicZoom: In ''The Rite of Spring''.
* BadassArmFold: Chernabog's awakening. Seriously, that's what criminals see when Franchise/{{Batman}} [[OffscreenTeleportation emerges from the shadows]].
* BattleInTheRain: The fight between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus in ''The Rite of Spring''.
* BatOutOfHell: Chernabog, though it may take some time for you to notice. He's not just your average, bat-''winged'' demon. His ''facial structure'' too is reminiscent of that of a bat, notably his mouth.
* BigBad: The ObviouslyEvil [[BigRedDevil Big Black Devil]] Chernabog is this for the movie, and is often interpreted as being this for the [[UpToEleven entire Disney Animated Universe]] (unless you count [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]], and even then, being a SatanicArchetype, he could still take the role of GreaterScopeVillain).
* BigBeautifulWoman: Hyacinth Hippo, whom Ben Ali Gator falls for almost instantly. The other hippo ballerinas count as well, considering how eager the gators are to dance with them.
* BirdsOfAFeather: The centaurs and centaurettes in the Pastoral Symphony sequence all pair up with a partner of the same color.
* BloodlessCarnage: In the ''Rite of Spring'' sequence, dinosaurs fight and kill each other with their teeth and spiked tails, but not a single drop of blood is apparent.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: All of the home video releases censor the Pastoral Symphony sequence to remove the presence of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nx4ekJ0i_w Sunflower]], who is depicted as [[UncleTomFoolery a very stereotypical African American]] (rat tail hairs, subservient to another centaur, and being stylized as a donkey instead of a centaurette). The home video releases worked around her by digitally zooming in on the footage of the centaurettes she was near, and slightly rearranging one scene to cover up that they excised a brief scene with her that was impossible to pan away from. For other shots where it was both absolutely impossible to pan away from her and too crucial to remove, they digitally edited her out altogether, resulting in oddities like a red carpet that she pushed now magically rolling out on its own. The only way the original footage can be seen now is by finding bootlegs of very old TV recordings of Fantasia.
** Whereas the original Fantasia segment has Yen Sid swatting Mickey with the broom after his little stunt, at least one of the storybook adaptations avoids this. The sorcerer simply tells Mickey [[AnAesop not to start what he can't finish]].
* ButNotTooBlack: Averted with the two zebra centaurettes, who, unlike Sunflower, are apparently meant to be sexy but are just as dark-skinned and have authentic African features.
* ChildrenInTow: The pegasus foals in the "Pastoral Symphony" segment of the original.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: [[PaleFemalesDarkMales The female centaurs are paler shades of their male mates' colors.]]
* ConspicuousCG: [[UnbuiltTrope Or rather]], Conspicuous Live-Action. The snowflakes at the very end of the "Nutcracker" segment were actually filmed in live-action with the animated sprites composited on top of them, evoking the same kind of jarring contrast.
* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: Nicely averted in ''Rite of Spring,'' when chunks of rock that look like any other part of the background get loosened and carried away by lava.
* CrashingDreams: Mickey dreams of waves crashing against a cliff, only to awake to the watery doom around him.
* DanceOfRomance: With hippos and gators.
* DarkIsEvil: Played straight with ''Night on Bald Mountain'' and ''Ave Maria'' sequence - in the first piece everything connected with Evil and Death is portrayed by the darkness, fires of Hell etc etc. during a dark and gloomy night, while the second piece is more lightened with sunshines and glowing candles symbolizing that the powers of light are triumphant over the powers of Evil.
%%* DeliberatelyMonochrome
* DerangedAnimation: ''Night on Bald Mountain''
* DogWalksYou: During the storm in the "''Pastoral'' Symphony" sequence, Dionysus/Bacchus is trying to drag his unicorn/donkey, Jackus, toward shelter, but Jackus is resisting. One flash of lightning later, Jackus is the one dragging Dionysus/Bacchus along behind him.
* DoorClosesEnding: The "Dance of the Hours" segment ends with the palace doors slamming so hard they're knocked off their hinges.
* DoubleTake: An elephant does one when she realizes that the bubble she just blew has a ''goldfish'' in it.
* DownerEnding: ''The Rite of Spring''. If it hadn't been for the ExecutiveMeddling, Walt Disney would have kept the happier ending where a band of early humans start a bonfire and dance in celebration of their discovery.
* EverybodyHatesHades: Chernabog was a black god, but wasn't ''evil'' as a pre-Christian Slavic deity. Subverted as Walt said he was meant to ''be'' Satan anyway, and in the roadshow version, Deems Taylor identifies him as such.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Anatomically and chronologically inaccurate dinosaurs ([[ScienceMarchesOn though not for the time]]), but dinosaurs nonetheless. But as kids, we didn't care and loved every single minute of it.
* {{Expy}}: In "Dance Of The Hours", all the main dancers are expys for the main characters from the opera ''La Gioconda''.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath and [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence Violence]]: Again, ''Rite of Spring''. But it's dinosaurs, so it's okay.
* FanDisservice: Chernabog's nude female minions with their faces twisted in agony.
* FaunsAndSatyrs: "Pastoral Symphony"
* FingerSnapLighter: Chernabog.
* ForgingScene: In the "Pastoral Symphony" sequence, Vulcan/Hephaestus forges thunderbolts for Jupiter/Zeus to hurl at Bacchus/Dionysus.
* ForTheEvulz:
** Everything Chernabog does is purely to have fun.
** Zeus and Vulcan breaking up the celebration in "Pastoral Symphony" for no apparent reason also counts.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: As is typical for Disney, the ''Pastoral'' is a ''huge'' aversion. They make ''no'' effort to hide intoxication, or the fact that Dionysus/Bacchus and the unicorn he is riding are drunk.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: So, the gigantic, horned demon with glowing red eyes who calls up the dead, burns them with fire into demonic shapes, and runs away from sacral Church music... is not Satan, but an obscure Slavonic diety? [[SarcasmMode Uh huh, sure thing, definitely.]] Even Walt would later admit the truth.
** Speaking of Chernabog, note the cataclysmic ending, where he tilts back while a blinding white light emerges from a certain (hidden) part of his body. ''That'' climactic ending should give the moral guardians something to consider - but he is evil anyway.
* GhibliHills: ''Pastoral'' Symphony.
* GoneBehindTheBend: During the "Dance of the Hours" segment. Ben Ali Gator is chasing Hyacinth Hippo, who hides behind a column that is far too narrow for her to hide behind. Ben runs around the column a couple of times but can't seem to find her, until she comes from behind and tramples him.
* GoodHurtsEvil: The mountainous devil Chernabog and his army of spirits are driven away by the light of "the sacred" at the beginning of the ''Ave Maria'' section.
* GrapesOfLuxury: A couple of centaurs enact this trope during the ''Pastoral'' Symphony scene while being fanned by cherubs.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: The Elephant scene in "Dance of the Hours".
* HellishHorse: In ''Night on Bald Mountain'' sequence some of the skeleton knights rised by Chernabog ride some of these. One of them is [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron the Horned King]]! Funny enough...there was some recycled footage from Fantasia in ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Twice near the end of ''Rite of Spring'', as the ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' is walking with the other dinosaurs tired and dehydrated then roars weakly and collapses down a sand dune, then a minute or so later as the camera pans across the dinosaur skeletons. When it come to the skeleton of the ''T. Rex'', it suddenly zooms in on it as the music descends mockingly. Not even the once terrifying predator could escape death.
* HotAsHell: A rather literal example in ''Night on Bald Mountain.'' Chernobog holds a flame in his hand, and turns it into three naked women, made of fire, who proceed to dance.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The male and female centaur in the ''Pastoral'' Symphony.
* {{Intermission}}: The original roadshow version included one. Later versions re-edited the footage of the orchestra leaving for intermission and then returning for the opening and closing of the film. The DVD and Blu-Ray versions restored the original intermission footage.
* JerkassGods: Zeus, in the ''[[{{Arcadia}} Pastoral]]'' Symphony, disrupts Bacchus' party with a storm and deliberately threw lightning bolts at them. And Chernabog, of course, incinerates or crushes his demonic minions simply for a moment's amusement.
* KnightOfCerebus: While more antagonists than outright villains, the appearance (and build-up) of Vulcan and Zeus in the ''[[{{Arcadia}} Pastoral]]'' Symphony changes the tone from whimsical to dramatic. {{Justified|Trope}}, as their sequence accompanies the fourth movement of the Symphony which depicts a violent thunderstorm.
* LargeHam: Chernabog is a rare non-speaking example.
* LimitedAnimation: The ''Ave Maria'' sequence has barely any animation at all--most of the movement is done by the camera.
* LongTake: ''Ave Maria'' ends with a 160-second one.
* MushroomMan: The dancing mushrooms.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Promotional art for ''Fantasia'' often seems to imply that Mickey as the Sorcerer's Apprentice faces off with Chernabog. The two appear in different segments and do not interact. Critics in 1940 actually complained about this.
* NippleAndDimed: The original actually did this in a few scenes, with some very brief flashes of naked breasts that they could not get away with today.
* OffModel: The animators never seemed to agree on the number and colors of the many baby unicorns and pegasi in the ''Pastoral Symphony'' segment; at one point near the end of the first movement, as the pegasus foals fly down to a lake, several of them enter the water one color and emerge a different color, begging the question of just what is in the water.
* OneWordTitle:
* OppositesAttract: The Pegasus mother and father. The father's coloration makes him look very gothic, almost sinister while his wife's coloration makes her look angelic.
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: In the ''Pastoral Symphony'' scene.
* OurGargoylesRock: Chernabog. Just look at him and try to tell us he wouldn't blend in on a church roof.
* PaintingTheFrostOnWindows: The fairies in the ''Nutcracker Suite'' segment are shown changing leaf colors and putting rime frost on plants and water surfaces to change the seasons.
* {{Pegasus}}: Several appear in "Pastoral Symphony".
* PunnyName:
** Bacchus/Dionysus' unicorn/donkey in the "''Pastoral'' Symphony" sequence is named Jackus (i.e., jackass).
** The lead ostrich in the "Dance of the Hours" sequence is named Mademoiselle Upanova (up and over).
* RandomEventsPlot: ''The Nutcracker Suite''. Fairies creating morning dew ("Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"), dancing mushrooms ("Chinese Dance"), blossoms on a flowing river ("Dance of the Reed Flutes"), long-tailed goldfish ("Arabian Dance"), dancing thistles ("Russian Dance"), and fairies ushering in the changing colours of autumn and the first frosts and snow of winter ("Waltz of the Flowers")... it's just one thing after another.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The T-Rex in ''Rite of Spring'', with good reason.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: "Dance of the Hours" plays with this. The crocodiles are used to represent Night, and they often seem to be acting antagonistically, but at the same time, the short makes it clear that it's all a show and the other animals aren't really in danger.
* RentAZilla: Okay, ''Night On Bald Mountain'' needed a demon god, as they were basing the scene from an unfinished opera, but why not make him so big, he's literally the peak of the mountain?
* RetGone: [[UncleTomfoolery Sunflower]].
* SatanicArchetype: ''Night On Bald Mountain'' was originally introduced as starring ''Satan himself'' when ''Fantasia'' first premiered. His name was later changed to Chernabog (an obscure Slavic Pagan deity) in what was a reverse JesusTaboo, but the change was not pulled out of thin air. (See ShownTheirWork.)
* ShownTheirWork: At the time Fantasia was made, the only well-known version of ''Night on Bald Mountain'' was the one streamlined and rearranged (the All Music Guide says "{{bowdleri|se}}zed") by Rimsky-Korsakov. However, it was the third version. The first version by Mussorgsky ("St. John's Eve at the Bald Mountain") was about a witches' sabbath on St. John's Eve[[note]] June 23rd in the Western Calendar, July 6th in the Orthodox Calendar, and, like the Eve of All Saints (Hallowe'en) and the Eve of St. Walburga (''UsefulNotes/{{Walpurgisnacht}}''), a traditional time for the grand Sabbat of the witches[[/note]], mentioned Satan explicitly and was rejected by the organizer of the festival for which it was written. The second and most obscure version of the music was heavily reworked, called "Dream of the Young Peasant Lad" and intended to be part of an opera which he never finished. According to the All Music Guide, "as a boy dreams on a hill, he is threatened by inhuman voices and finds himself mocked in the realm of shadows. The voices warn of the Devil and the "Black God" Chernobog; as the shadows fade, both appear. Chernobog is glorified, a Black Mass is sung, and a Witches' Sabbath breaks out. As a church bell intones, Chernobog disappears and the demons writhe in agony. A church choir sings, the demons fade away, awakening the boy." Sound familiar?
** For the ''Dance of the Hours'' sequence, the animators studied hours and hours of ballet footage to be sure to create an accurate parody.
* SolidClouds: The cupids from the "Pastoral Symphony" segment sleep on clouds.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the Silly Symphonies shorts, which had ended the year before.
* StockDinosaurs: Somewhat surprisingly averted in ''Rite of Spring''. Yes, the sequence gives us the standard plesiosaurs, ''Pteranodon'', ''Dimetrodon'', sauropods, ''Triceratops,'' ''Stegosaurus,'' hadrosaurs, and an anatomically inaccurate ''T. rex'', but we also see the much less commonly portrayed mosasaurs, ''Kritosaurus'', ''Plateosaurus'', ''Kannemeyeria'', and ''Ceratosaurus''.
* SwingLowSweetHarriet: One centaurette is pushed on a swing by her mate.
* ThatRussianSquatDance: Performed by thistles.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Hyacinth Hippo is comically obese whereas her partner Ben Ali Gator is very slim, short, and flexible. He can't even lift her over his head while they're dancing without great difficulty.
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* VillainProtagonist: Chernabog, arguably.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Chernabog, although the rest is cover by the mountain peak.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Chernabog is driven to submission by daybreak.
%%* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve

[[folder:''The Sorcerer's Apprentice'', which appears in both films, provides examples of]]
* AbsurdlyDedicatedWorker: Mickey, as the Apprentice, sets a magic broom to the task of fetching water from a well and pouring it into a cauldron, then goes to sleep and wakes to the room flooded with water since he never told the broom to stop. Then he finds he can't stop it and when he tries chopping the broom to bits, every bit becomes a new broom, all "programmed" to fetch water and throw it into the cauldron. It takes the return of the Sorcerer himself to stop the brooms (and save the apprentice from drowning).
* AdaptationExpansion: A comic adaptation added in an opening in which Mickey, wanting to be a sorcerer like Yen Sid (who in the movie, has no onscreen name), comes to his castle.
* AnimateInanimateObject: Mickey enchants some brooms to help him out with his chores. It doesn't go according to plan.
* AsteroidsMonster: Unfortunately for Mickey, splitting animated brooms to pieces is not a good idea.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: Mickey's Sorcerer appearance is almost as famous as him wearing his red shorts and oversized yellow shoes!
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: The iconic hat gives Mickey magic powers, or at least amplifies his own puny ones.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Mickey enchants a broom to do his chore of filling the cauldron with water for him. It works too well that the enchanted broom becomes AbsurdlyDedicatedWorker (see above).
* HatOfPower: The sorcerer's wizard hat that Mickey borrows.
* HopeSpot / FromBadToWorse: Unaware of how to stop the out of control broom magically, Mickey simply grabs a nearby axe and forcefully chops up the broom into hundreds of pieces. Just when he thinks his troubles are over, however, each broom piece starts to twitch, and then the pieces reconstitute themselves into hundreds of new brooms.
* IneptMage: Mickey. As explained in the opening, he knew enough about magic to animate the broom and have it fetch water... but not enough to make it stop.
* MonochromeToColor: All color disappears after Mickey hacks the living broom to bits, with the color gradually reappearing when the bits turn into new brooms.
* NiceHat: The sorcerer's hat.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Literally, as Mickey tries to destroy the water-bucket-carrying broom with an axe, only for each splintered piece of wood to grow into ''another full-sized'' water-bucket-carrying broom.
* OhCrap: The look on Mickey's face when he stops in the middle of walking away, and realizes that the broom he just chopped up into hundreds of pieces reconstituted into ''hundreds of brooms''.
* OhCrapSmile: Mickey does it when handing back the wizard hat to his master.
* PowerGlows: Both Yen Sid and his HatOfPower.
* PowerIncontinence: Mickey finds it quite easy to animate his master's broom and have it fetch water for him, but he isn't experienced enough in magic to know how to make the broom ''stop'' fetching water, and when he tries to chop the broom into pieces, all that does is create ''more'' brooms with ''more'' buckets, and poor Mickey soon finds himself in way over his head-- literally, as the room starts to flood.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Provides the page's image. Both Mickey and Yen Sid wear classic wizard robe. Yen Sid's hat is HatOfPower (see above) which Mickey wore that caused chaos.
* SdrawkcabName: The sorcerer is officially named Yen Sid. Think about it.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Mickey's chopping up the broomstick is shown only as a shadow on a wall.
* SorcerersApprenticePlot: The {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* SymbolMotifClothing: The sorcerer's hat is adorned with star and moon symbols.