- This is the film that brought Mickey back into public interest after the theories of him being casted off to the side by Donald started to look true.
- Yen Sid clearing away the water from the great hall.
- The entire segment of The Rite of Spring, especially watching the dinosaurs move gracefully through the misty forest.
- The approach of the Tyrannosaurus rex.
- "Rite of Spring", specifically the sequence of the newborn Earth still settling. This troper still gets chills as the bubbles of magma explode in time to the music and the seas come rushing in.
- This shot of the volcano, combined with the music.
- Dance of the Hours. it just reeks of atmosphere. One would have to listen to David Ogden Stiers' narration in the "Making of Fantasia" documentary on the original DVD release to get the full effect.
- Although it doubles as terrifying, Chernabog raising his arms to the final stings of Night on Bald Mountain.
- Followed by him being driven back by the heavenly bells. His power is staggering, but he has such a simple Weaksauce Weakness...
- The "Night on Bald Mountain"/"Ave Maria" combo. After terrifying audiences with one of the scariest characters Disney's ever devised, the coming dawn brings with it the best possible reassurance that there are still things to hope for. Gorgeous.
- Here's something about the making of that segment. The whole "Ave Maria" segment had to be refilmed twice and the final filmreel was flown from Hollywood to the New York premiere just four hours before showtime.
- When it was released in 1940, Fantasia was the most expensive film Disney had made, and it was a complete critical and financial flop. Its failure nearly bankrupted Disney, and was one of the biggest reasons (other than World War II) that the studio didn't put out another full-length animated feature until Cinderella. Nowadays, it is often regarded as not only Disney's best feature, but as one of the greatest films of all time, making Fantasia a standout example of Vindicated by History. If that's not awesome, I don't know what is.
- Most of the time, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is performed on an organ, but Fantasia opens with a full symphonic arrangement of the song that is sure to enrapture the audience immediately. What better way to begin Fantasia than this sheer Crowning Music of Awesome? There is also something about the vague, surreal imagery that accompanies Toccata and Fugue (in comparison to, say, the more story-driven imagery of Rite of Spring) that somehow serves to highlight the beauty and intensity of the music greater than any other imagery could have done. The kicker is the very end of the piece which seamlessly synchronizes erupting water jets with Stokowski's conducting motions, and the final image of Stokowski silhouetted on a sunset as the final, haunting passage of Toccata and Fugue plays is guaranteed to hold viewers in awe at the combined evocative power of music and imagery.