* 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
* BoxOfficeBomb: Sadly. Budget, $2,280,000. Box office, $361,800 (original theatrical release tally only).
* 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 Creator/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.
* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Sorcerer!]]: ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' players may or may not have this reaction upon seeing the "former Keyblade master" Yen Sid in the film he originally came from.
* 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 50th anniversary edition of ''Fantasia'' has only been released '''ONCE''', on VHS and Laserdisc as part of the ''[[Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo Walt Disney Classics]]'' series, and after Roy E. Disney and Jeffrey Katzenberg were adamant against a video version for a while; the ''Classics'' version of ''Fantasia'' is also its sole major VHS release, so if someone wants to see the "roadshow" version that has the last traces of Deems Taylor's voice, they will need to obtain this video (it was also on the street for a short time, too).
** This applies to the documentary ''Fantasia: The Making Of A Masterpiece'' on a stronger level; no other version other than a 1991 VHS with the ''Classics'' logo is known to exist at this time.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The "Black Diamond" ''Classics'' VHS of ''Fantasia'' had an alternate box set that, in addition to the video with the film, also contained a VHS with the documentary ''Fantasia: The Making Of A Masterpiece'' (as of 2016, it's not widely known if there is another version of this doc), and the film's soundtrack 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.
* StillbornFranchise: A great version of one, ''Fantasia's'' failure to make up its original high cost, which 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 also 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 World War 2 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 couldabeen 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/TheLionKing The Lion King II]]'' 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''.
** "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was also different - earlier in production, plans for the Sorcerer's Apprentice had either [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Dopey]] or Donald Duck as the Sorcerer's 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 on 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.
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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 Animated Disney Classic; the 50th anniversary edition released in theaters in 1990 and on video as part of the ''[[Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo Walt Disney Classics]]'' series cut 4 minutes to make it 2 hours flat. The longest Disney movie ever is ''Film/TheHappiestMillionare'', which has various running times[[note]]Which are 2 Hours and 24 Minutes (144 Minutes), 2 hours and 42 minutes (162 minutes), and 2 Hours and 52 minutes (172 Minutes)[[/note]], but all of them make the film the longest film they've ever released.
* Fantasia had the first known use of "Surround Sound" in a theater, coined as "Fantasound."
* That ''Classics'' VHS release broke home media sales records when it came out for Thanksgiving 1991, which ironically also saw the debut of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' in the cinema circuit (''BATB'' would break ''Fantasia's'' record when it came to video under the ''Classics'' line the following year, with ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'s Classics'' VHS breaking ITS record, and ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and the original VHS release of ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' under the ''Masterpiece Collection'' breaking that record.
* Neither ''Fantasia'' nor ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'' are part of the ''Walt Disney Platinum/Diamond Editions'' that make up the other "Untouchables" that are currently in the Disney Vault, but they CAN be viewed on Creator/{{Netflix}} as of January 2016.
* Sorcerer Mickey was the mascot of Walt Disney Home Video for its first 15 years of operation. He originally appeared on the clamshell covers and tape labels of Disney videos, but a Walt Disney Home Video animation with him was made in 1986 and began appearing on tapes. That Sorcerer Mickey logo was remade into the second ''Walt Disney Classics'' logo, which opens the ''Fantasia'' VHS, and made Sorcerer Mickey the mascot of that line until it was closed in 1994 and replaced with the ''Masterpiece Collection''. The original logo became a secondary logo in 1995, but continued to run until 2006.
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