* AcclaimedFlop: Technically a flop ''and'' a success at the same time: It made a ''lot'' of money, it was one of the highest grossing films that year and was considered a masterpiece. But because production was so obscenely expensive, it still took decades of profit for it to make up for its cost.
* AFIS100YearsSeries:
** AFIS100Years100Movies: #58
** AFIS10Top10: #5, Animation
* BannedInChina: It used to be banned [[http://entertainment.ie/cinema/news/Seven-classic-films-that-were-banned-in-Ireland/338461.htm in Ireland]].
* BoxOfficeBomb: Sadly. Budget, $2,280,000. Box office, $361,800 (original theatrical release tally only).
* DisownedAdaptation: Music/IgorStravinsky, the only composer who was still alive to see his music used in ''Fantasia'', was excited by the prospect of working with Creator/WaltDisney and having animation made to his music. Unfortunately, he was upset by the edits made to his score without his permission, and came to hate the finished product.
* ExecutiveMeddling: One of the most infamous examples of this was the ending of the "Rite of Spring" from the original ''Fantasia''. The segment originally would have continued into the age of mammals and end with a scene where early humans dancing as they succeed in creating fire. Disney had this ending removed out of fear it would attract controversy from creationists, but this change did not go over well with Music/IgorStravinsky, who wrote the number and is the sole composer of a ''Fantasia/Fantasia 2000'' number to be alive to see the film in theaters. He was tempted to sue Disney, but decided not to; the whole thing still turned Stravinsky off of animation for the rest of his life.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Fantasia's proper pronunciation is "Fantasy-ah" when referring to the form of music, But "Fan-Tay-jia" is the accepted pronunciation when referring to the films.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes:
** The unedited "Pastoral Symphony" sequence has never been released on home video, so the only way to see it is to find bootlegs of very old TV recordings of ''Fantasia''.
** This applies to the documentary ''Fantasia: The Making of a Masterpiece'', only available on VHS tapes and Laserdiscs from 1991, on a stronger level. On the ''Fantasia'' 60th Anniversary Edition DVD, Disney replaced it with a newer documentary, ''The Fantasia Legacy: The Concert Feature''.
** The 1982 rendition with narration replacing Deems Taylor's live action scenes and a Dolby Stereo re-score by Irwin Kostal has also been discontinued since the 1990 remastering which reinstated the original edit.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The VHS and Laserdisc of ''Fantasia'' had an alternate box set that also contained the documentary ''Fantasia: The Making of a Masterpiece'', and the film's soundtrack on a two-[[UsefulNotes/CompactDisc CD]] package among other things.
* MissingEpisode: Before ''Fantasia 2000'' was released, its promos suggested that it was ''replacing'' the original cut of ''Fantasia''. (Assuming you don't consider it already replaced because someone did their best to edit out a blackface caricature...)
* MagnumOpusDissonance: ''Fantasia'' has been described as being ahead of its time, because although Walt Disney planned for this to be his big film, it actually flopped and the relatively more "kiddy movie" ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' actually turned over a greater profit. In the present, ''Fantasia'' has been VindicatedByHistory, and is often one of the movies discussed as being the best of the Disney Animated Canon.
* OldShame: Sunflower, the stereotypical black centaurette that tended to the others, edited out of post-1960 prints. You can tell which scenes she appears in by noticing the fuzziness.
* RealitySubtext: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" has an interesting variation: it was around the time ''Fantasia'' came out that Walt's life didn't go according to plan, much like how Mickey loses control of the brooms.
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: Walt Disney's original idea was to keep on adding new segments and switching the order around, such that ''Fantasia'' would be a perpetual work in progress. The idea for a ''Fantasia'' sequel eventually took almost 60 years to come to fruition, and that one went through 9 years of development, getting no help from Katzenberg before he left the studio.
* ScienceMarchesOn: The dinosaurs in the "Rite of Spring" sequence are hopelessly inaccurate today, but were fairly in-line with scientific thinking at the time. As Roy Disney says in the film's commentary, many aspects of the sequence were cutting-edge for their time, and were 'facts' that the general public didn't even have a clue about back then.
* StillbornFranchise: A great version of one; ''Fantasia's'' failure to make up its original high cost, coupled with WWII cutting off the European market, led to ''Fantasia'' never getting fully followed up for the rest of the 20th century.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Walt Disney's original plan for the film, as mentioned above. Some of the segments they had considered for this were worked into the other compilation films Disney made during the '40s.
** There was a rejected pitch for a segment that would have been a hybrid of [[Creator/RichardWagner Wagner's]] ''[[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Der Ring des Nibelungen]]'' and [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien's]] ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
** Can you imagine if the Disney execs had followed through with their original idea for ''Fantasia'' and continued to release sequels to it periodically, even yearly, with brand-new music and animation? Unfortunately, the onset of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and the lack of enough money made at the box office from original film (it made a lot of money, but certainly not enough to justify the cost of making a continuous series) resulted in the idea being dropped in what is considered the most haunting Disney "could of been" of all.
** ''Fantasia 2006'' (which was to focus on world music) was not only planned, but segments were completed for it before the plug was pulled. They subsequently became standalone shorts: "One by One" and "The Little Match Girl" are included as bonus features on the special edition [=DVDs=] of ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', respectively; "Lorenzo" screened before ''Film/RaisingHelen'' in theaters, and "Destino" has appeared at film festivals and, curiously, cruise ship art auctions. They all appeared at a 2008 Los Angeles screening hosted by Roy Disney as well.
** The original version of ''Fantasia'' would had included "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcpamvLB2JU Clair de Lune]]". This piece was re-edited and shown as "Blue Bayou" in ''Disney/MakeMineMusic''.
*** Speaking of which, the "Music/PeterAndTheWolf" segment was originally developed for a continuation of ''Fantasia''.
** Earlier in production, plans for "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" had either [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Dopey]] or Donald Duck as the titular Apprentice.
** The mythological piece was originally supposed to be set to the score from Gabriel Pierné's "Cydalise et le Chèvre-pied." They had a hard time fitting the animation ideas in with the music, so they went with Beethoven's Sixth over conductor Leopold Stokowski's objections.
** The procession in "Ave Maria" was originally supposed to enter an actual church. There was also talk of having an image of the Virgin Mary in the last shot, which could have been omitted when shown in non-Christian countries.
** Online photos of conceptual art pieces for "The Pastoral Symphony" suggest that nymphs and nixies were intended to make an appearance, and that male zebra centaurs were considered to be boyfriends/dancing partners for the zebra centaurettes attending on Bacchus.
** Disney toyed with the idea of pumping scents into the theater to match the segments. It was abandoned due to the logistics of clearing each scent after each sequence.
** "The Rite of Spring" originally would have ended with the Age of Man; the lack of this ending unfortunately angered composer Igor Stravinsky almost to a lawsuit level.
* WorkingTitle: "The Concert Feature". Many titles were suggested until "Fantasia" was chosen.
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!! Misc. Trivia
* Someone with a keen eye for details or a photographic memory can spot some re-used animation in ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' from "Night on Bald Mountain". The scene? When Henwen is crying, you can spot some skeletons-on-horses from ''Fantasia''.
* At 2 hours and 4 minutes (124 minutes) long, this is the longest Disney animated film; the 50th anniversary edition released in theaters in 1990 and cut 4 minutes to make it 2 hours flat.
* Fantasia had the first known use of "Surround Sound" in a theater, coined as "Fantasound."
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