• G
  • 2h 4m
  • 1940
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Walt Disney's timeless masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound! See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is Fantasia over and over again. No family's Disney collection is complete without Fantasia!

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Common Sense Says
Breathtaking animation feat -- with some creepy visuals.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fantasia is a very early animated film (1940) contains numerous sequences in which the combination of ominous, dark music and violent, scary visuals could be frightening to very young or very sensitive kids. While there are enchanting dancing flowers, hippos, unicorns, and striking visuals that show the relationship of sight and sound, there are at least as many very threatening images intensified by the shadowy dark music. Out-of-control broomsticks launch a massive flood; ferocious dinosaurs with teeth bared and giant clamping jaws fight a death battle; lightning and thunder introduce death and despair in the guise of skeletons, graves, bats, evil armies, and ghosts. There are several scenes which depict the romance of many mythological beings (centaurs, cherubim) and in which many of the characters are modestly unclothed. Some additional selections, including one which follows the evolution of the species over millions of years from an amoeba to the end of the giant dinosaur era, are very long, slow and may not fully engage today’s kids. The film is most valuable as an historical experience.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Educational Value
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:October 5, 1990

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