* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: One [=YouTube=] comment brought this up regarding Zeus/Jupiter's behavior in the Pastoral symphony. He seemed to be going ''specifically'' for Dionysus/Bacchus with his lightning bolts, never seeming to actually ''hurt'' anyone else. The commenter said that maybe Zeus was just being a JerkassGod like he's normally been portrayed, disrupting a festival for no reason other than it amused him... or maybe he was simply trying to test his son in his own... unusual way by [[EnforcedMethodActing interrupting a celebration when he'd least expect it]]. It also helps that, since Dionysus/Bacchus is just as immortal as his father, it's not like the lightning bolts will actually hurt him (the unicorn donkey is another story). He's not putting his son in any actual danger.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: It's a given--this was part of the point of ''Fantasia'' anyways.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** The roadshow version of the original has a moment during the introduction of ''The Rite of Spring'' where the orchestra's percussionist accidentally knocks over his chimes for no narrative purpose.
** Also, prior to the soundtrack bit, one of the double bass players initiates a short swing session in the orchestra by picking a few notes on his instrument.
* DancingBear:
** In its initial release, ''Fantasia'' was sold on the novelty of having visuals specifically created to match pre-existing music. While this novelty may be lost for most people, especially for those raised on music videos. Many others argue the overall quality of film itself, along with other aspects, has kept it from aging.
** Would you believe that "The Rite of Spring" actually was pushing the limits of what would be allowed to be shown onscreen about the creation of Earth at the time?
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Apart from Mickey as the Sorcerer's Apprentice (which became a major Disney mascot, especially to Imagineering, Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo and Walt Disney "Black Diamond" Classics), who is the character everyone remembers? Let us give you a hint: [[EvilIsCool how many tropes listed on this page are dedicated to Chernabog?]]
** Sunflower has her fair share of fans. Depicting her as happy, unsubmissive, and realistically drawn is heartwarmingly popular.
* EveryoneIsSatanInHell: When the film first came out, there were some critics who were convinced that the makers had fascist sympathies because of [[InsaneTrollLogic portraying humanity as insignificant compared with nature]].
* EvilIsCool: Between the "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" sections, representing in turn the profane and the sacred. Take a guess which one has burned itself into people's memories the most.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The introduction to the "Rite of Spring" segment has Deems say that dinosaurs had the brains of pigeons. Be more accurate to say the reverse, nowadays.
** And in the introduction to the "Nutcracker" segment of the original roadshow where Deem states that nobody performs the ballet nowadays. Skip to 70 years later, when said ballet is arguably the most well-known and most performed ballet in the world.
** The Pastoral segment features [[Franchise/MyLittlePony colourful pegasi and unicorns prancing around.]]
** The Pastoral segment as a whole and its depiction of Zeus when ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' was released.
** [[Film/JurassicWorld A Pteranodon snatches its prey, only to be eaten itself by a Mosasaurus.]]
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: ''VideoGame/CastleOfIllusion'' fans were not pleased with the [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Genesis]] adaptation of this movie. The gameplay was bad and it didn't even have Chernabog as a final boss!
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Applies to varying extents to both movies.
* ValuesDissonance:
** Sunflower, the servant centaurette in "The Pastoral Symphony", whose human half looks like a black "pickaninny" and who performs menial tasks for the white-featured centaurettes. Deleted from all releases since 1969, so most modern viewers haven't seen her. If you're curious, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdi3zX9DKm8 YouTube]].
*** Even worse, she's actually animated in the style of the "Black Face" minstrel shows that were halted by the Civil Rights Movement, which took place at around the time the censoring was implemented.
** The whole centaur section, arguably. With or without Sunflower, the scene basically depicts all centaurettes as vain, lazy, and/or boy-crazy, with nothing to do or think about except fixing up their hair, makeup, and [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal accessories]] to look pretty. What's more, the AmazingTechnicolorPopulation of centaurs and centaurettes [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything all pair up with a partner of the exact same color]].
** On a less offensive level, the dancing mushrooms, which are clearly made to resemble old-fashioned Asian caricatures with slit-eyes and those funny cymbal-shaped hats. Granted, that segment of classical music is called the "Chinese Dance." Now that the YellowPeril is a dead trope, the funny little dance can be appreciated as straight-out humor, but it was certainly intentional at the time.
** Chernabog's demons avert BarbieDollAnatomy. The centaurs play it straight, but are still topless women.
* VindicatedByHistory: When it was first released, ''Fantasia'' was a box-office flop and the reaction from critics was polarizing at best (UsefulNotes/WorldWarII had also broken out the year prior, cutting off the European cinema market; this also downed ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', which had been released earlier in 1940, and it downed Walt when the strike and the U.S. military took animators away from him for the rest of the decade). Nowadays, the film is considered one of the best of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon if not one of the best films of WesternAnimation period.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: One of the late Creator/WaltDisney's greatest pieces of animation. Some of the special effects were so spectacular for the time that film historians were at a loss as to how they were created. Disney themselves had few clues, as the camera team dismantled every rig immediately after shooting and kept no official record of what they had done. Fortunately, one particular technician, named Herman Schultheis, kept a private record of every effect he worked on and this notebook was rediscovered in the 1990s, revealing the complex--and quite inspired--filming techniques the team employed. Fortunately, as of 2014, the "Lost Notebook" has finally been released to the public by author John Canemaker.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: The film counts, it starts off with surreal geometric shapes, followed by a seasonal fairy pageant with flowers, mushrooms and fishes, followed by Mickey Mouse animating a broom, followed by the evolution of the earth into the end of the Mesozoic era, followed by Myth/ClassicalMythology, followed by an animal ballet and ending with '''[[{{Satan}} THE DEVIL]]''' and his demonic hordes and a church chorus walking through a forest to a rising sun.
* TheWoobie: The ''Stegosaurus'' that gets killed by the ''T. rex'' in "The Rite of Spring".
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