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 Fantasia will Amaze-ya!


Fantasia is a 1940 animated film from Disney Animated Canon. It's a surreal, yet classic blend of animation and classical music, often considered to have been ahead of its time back in the day. Another way to describe it as is Silly Symphonies: The Movie.

The film consists of animated sequences synchronized to classic pieces of music. They are as follows:

  • Toccata and Fugue in D minor, attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. This sequence features abstract images, shapes and forms moving in time to the music.
  • The Nutcracker Suite, composed by Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky. Surprisingly, this features no characters from the Nutcracker ballet, but original sequences based on the Seasons featuring dancing fairies, fish, flowers, leaves, and even mushrooms (not a samba, sadly).
  • The Sorcerers Apprentice, composed by Paul Dukas. The most famous scene in the entire film. This sequence features Mickey Mouse as a sorcerer's apprentice, who borrows his master's enchanted hat and decides to try out its powers. He finds out, however, that the magic is a little too much for him to handle.
  • The Rite of Spring, composed by Igor Stravinsky. This sequence showcases the evolution of life on Earth, from the formation of the planet to the extinction of the dinosaurs, according to the theories of the time.
  • The Pastoral Symphony, composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven. During this part of the film, mythical creatures such as centaurs, cupids, satyrs, unicorns, and Pegasuses prance around, and attend a festival for the god Bacchus/Dionysus, only to have it interrupted by Jupiter/Zeus and Vulcan/Hephaestus.
  • Dance of the Hours, composed by Amilcare Ponchielli. In this sequence, ballet-dancing anthropomorphic animals (ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators), representing both times of day (morning, noon, evening and night) dance in time to the music.
  • Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria, composed by Modest Mussorgsky and Franz Schubert, respectively. The first half of this sequence is probably the most frightening sequence in Disney animation, featuring Chernabog (who is essentially the Slavic equivalent of Satan) raising the dead from the grave. The sequence leads to a contrasting sequence to the calm tune of Ave Maria, featuring religious villagers walking through a forest and an old cathedral.

Fantasia was well received during its initial release, and it became a hallowed masterpiece of western animation, eventually resulted in a sequel, Fantasia 2000. Unlike most Disney sequels, this one was actually in accordance with Walt Disney's intent; the original idea was to update the film every year, animating one or two new songs every time and rotating older ones out of the print to make room for the fresh material. In addition, the prestige of being in a Fantasia film meant that Disney had no trouble lining up celebrities to introduce the various sections of film.

The sequences in this one include:

  • Symphony No. 5, composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Like Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, this is an "abstract" sequence, featuring butterfly-like triangles flitting about.
  • Pines of Rome, composed by Ottorino Respighi. This one features a family of humpback whales that fly (yes, fly).
  • Rhapsody in Blue, composed by George Gershwin. In this sequence, several city people in 1930s New York go about their lives, set to the lively jazz-inspired music of Gershwin with visuals inspired by the drawings of Al Hirschfeld.
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major-I, composed by Dmitri Shostakovich. Basically, this one is Hans Christian Andersen's "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" set to music.
  • The Carnival of the Animals, Finale composed by Camille Saint-Saëns. This one centers on a flamingo playing with a yo-yo, much to the disapproval of his peers.
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice, back by popular demand.
  • Pomp and Circumstance, composed by Edward Elgar. This scene is based on the story of Noah's Ark, featuring Donald Duck as Noah's assistant.
  • Firebird Suite, composed by Igor Stravinsky. A sprite brings spring to a forest, only to accidentally awaken the destructive Firebird.

Disney later planned an international-themed follow-up, called Fantasia/2006, and later Fantasia World. After the cancellation of its theatrical release, some of the completed shorts received limited or direct-to-video releases. Disney announced plans to include the feature on the Blu-ray set of the 1940 and 2000 Fantasia movies, but by the time the discs actually came out, they decided to only include one short.

The sequences prepared for this one include:

  • Destino, composed by Armando Dominguez. The long-awaited result of a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, this short depicts a woman dancing her way through Dali-inspired environments and the doomed love the god Chronos has for her. Premiered at a 2003 French film festival, and became available to own on the Fantasia Blu-ray collection.
  • The Little Match Girl (Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 in D Major, composed by Alexander Borodin). Disney relocates the Hans Christian Andersen story to Russia, but otherwise adapts it to a surprisingly faithful extent. Included on the 2006 Platinum Edition DVD of another Disney-produced adaptation of an Andersen story: "The Little Mermaid".
  • One By One, composed by Lebo M. This short features South African children preparing and flying colorful kites to the accompaniment of a deleted Lion King song. Included on the 2004 "Special Edition" DVD of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.
  • Lorenzo, composed by Osvaldo Ruggiero. A cat is jinxed into having a tail with a separate personality. Premiered during the theatrical release of the 2004 Kate Hudson movie Raising Helen, but has yet to receive a DVD or Blu-ray release.

Not to be confused with the American Idol winner, or the name of the fantasy world in the film version of The Neverending Story.

Compare later Disney films Make Mine Music and Melody Time which both feature music-based shorts, even using a few of the unused ideas from Fantasia. Contrast Allegro Non Troppo, the 1977 Bruno Bozzetto answer to Fantasia, which hovers comfortably somewhere between Affectionate Parody and Take That (and is just as breathtakingly beautiful).

These films contain examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: A comic adaptation of The Sorcerer's Apprentice segment added in an opening in which Mickey, wanting to be a sorcerer like Yensid (who in the movie, has no onscreen name), comes to his castle.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: The gators.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Rhapsody in Blue does this to everyone no matter their race, keeping with the cool tones of the style. This also applies in "Pastoral Symphony" for basically everyone, notably the centaurs.
  • Animal Gender Bender: Pomp and Circumstance seems to feature two male ostriches being led into the Noah's Arc.
    • the original did it first: the Male-colored ostriches in Dance of the Hours were obviously intended to be female.
  • Animated Actors: In one of the Blu-ray commentaries of Fantasia 2000, Mickey Mouse commentates with Roy Disney on Sorcerer's Apprentice; apparently it took over forty takes to dance down the stairs and they had to borrow brooms from Warner Bros in addition to bringing in the whole union. During Pomp and Circumstance, Donald Duck comes in near the end asking where the song they promised him for working with all those animals is, which results in the commentary room flooding. "Does anyone remember where we parked the ark?"
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Mickey enchants some brooms to help him out with his chores in The Sorcerer's Apprentice segment. It doesn't go according to plan.
    • The toys in The Steadfast Tin Soldier.
  • Animation Bump: Both are considered this for Disney. The 1940 version included dynamic backgrounds, color shifts, changes in lighting, translucent paints and numerous effects shots that had simply never been done before (lightning, waves, stars, lava, earthquakes). The 2000 version had combination of traditional animation and CGI (that was actually started back before production on Toy Story began), as well as watercolor cells for the Carnival of Animals and pastel backgrounds in Beethoven's Fifth.
  • Arcadia: The "Pastoral Symphony"
  • Asteroids Monster: Unfortunately for Mickey, splitting animated brooms to pieces is not a good idea.
  • Astronomic Zoom: In The Rite of Spring.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: The baby whale in the "Pines of Rome" sequence. D'awwww.
  • Badass: Chernabog. Seriously, he's a giant winged cross-armed necromantic devil who can only be defeated by church bells. And even then, it's just temporary.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Mainly the centaurettes in the "Pastoral Symphony".
    • The forest sprite in the "Firebird" segment. It's entirely possible that this character doesn't even have a sex.
    • Averted by the Succubi in "Night On Bald Mountain".
      • Then there's the shot of the flying harpy.
  • Battle in the Rain: The Fight between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus in The Rite of Spring.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted--the fiery succubi in Chernobog's hands are warped into hideous, bestial demons.
  • Biblical Times: "Pomp and Circumstance" is a retelling of the Noah's Ark story.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: The ballerina, Hyacinth Hippo, to the point that the gators fight over getting to dance with her.
  • Book Ends: An unintentional example in 2000, which opens with abstract butterflies cavorting amid pools of water and beams of light, and ends with a sprite bringing rain, sunlight, and the butterflies of spring to a volcano-damaged forest.
    • The final animated frame of "Toccata and Fugue" resembles a sunset. The last frame of the movie is a sunRISE.
    • An interesting example in Rite of Spring: the segment begins and ends on the exact same set of notes played on the exact same instrument. This was a copy-and-paste artistic decision by the filmmakers. Apparently Stravinsky was not amused; see Executive Meddling below.
  • Break the Cutie: The sprite. She gets better though.
  • But Not Too Black: Averted with the two zebra centaurettes, who unlike Sunflower are apparently meant to be sexy but are just as dark-skinned.
  • Children in Tow: The pegasus foals in the "Pastoral Symphony" segment of the original.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Mickey's Sorcerer appearance is almost as famous as him wearing his red shorts and oversized yellow shoes!
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The iconic hat in The Sorcerer's Apprentice gives Mickey magic powers, or at least amplifies them.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The female centaurs are paler shades of their male mates colors.
  • Conspicuous CG: The Symphony No. 5 is the most obvious offender, but the Pines of Rome has several long shots that are incongruous to the close-ups.
    • Granted, the Pines of Rome animatics actually were started several years before the film was released.
  • Continuity Nod: Besides the actual discussion on the first film, 2000 begins with a speech on the "types of music" that is taken straight from the first film.
  • Corrupt Cop: A brief but rather funny example in "Rhapsody in Blue". Jobless Joe picks up an apple fallen from a fruit stand and is about to put it back when he's chased off by a cop...who proceeds to eat the apple.
  • Creator Cameo: Eric Goldberg was one of the four main artistic directors on 2000 and animated the flamingos and Rhapsody in Blue. That's him drawing at the light table, and handing James Earl Jones the sheet of paper.
    • A posthumous, animated creator cameo is done with George Gershwin in the "Rhapsody In Blue" segment. Gershwin is the man playing the piano, upstairs from the little girl's piano lesson.
  • Dance of Romance: With hippos and gators.
  • Dark Is Evil / Light Is Good: Played straight with Night on Bald Mountain and Ave Maria sequence - in the first piece everything connected with Evil and Death is portrayed by the darkness, fires of Hell etc etc. during a dark and gloomy night, while the second piece is more lightened with sunshines and glowing candles symbolizing that the powers of light are triumphant over the powers of Evil.
  • Dark Is Not Evil / Opposites Attract: The Pegasus mother and father. The father's coloration makes him look very gothic, almost sinister while his wife's coloration makes her look angelic.
  • Deliberately Monochrome
  • Deranged Animation: Night on Bald Mountain
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The entire film.
  • Disney Villain Death: The Steadfast Tin Soldier when the Jack-in-the-Box falls into the fire.
  • Disneyfication: The adaptation of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, though that was mostly from the original ending not matching the music. Check out the storyboard reel on the DVD for that.
  • Downer Ending: The Rite of Spring. If it hadn't been for the Executive Meddling, Walt Disney would have kept the happier ending where a band of early humans start a bonfire and dance in celebration of their discovery.
  • Easter Egg: If you've got time to kill, watch the Rhapsodie in Blue sequence with your finger on the pause button, to see all the names hidden in the background elements. It's a Shout-Out to Al Hirschfeld, who hid the name of his daughter Nina in his drawings from time to time.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • Well, what else can one call the swarm of vicious black and red butterflies that rise from Beneath the Earth in The 5th Symphony?
      • How about "bats"?
    • Chernabog from the original; the Firebird from the sequel may also qualify.
      • Chernabog, if interpreted as evil, is an identifiable evil, motivated by sadism and boredom. The Firebird, however, is a force of nature; it is nigh-incomprehensible in motives, just laying waste to everything in front of it.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Chernabog was a black god, but wasn't evil as a pre-Christian Slavic deity. Subverted as Walt said he was meant to be Satan anyway, and in the roadshow version, Deems Taylor identifies him as such.
    • One can guess that Disney pulled that name out of nowhere to avoid any more controversy.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Anatomically and chronologically inaccurate dinosaurs (though not for the time), but dinosaurs nonetheless. But as kids, we didn't care and loved every single minute of it.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Chernabog covers himself in fire near the end of "Night on Bald Mountain". The Firebird may also qualify, as it is a destructive force.
  • Expy: In 'Dance Of The Hours', pretty much all the main dancers are expys for the main characters from the opera La Gioconda.
  • Eye Awaken: The Firebird.
  • The Faceless:
    • During "Pomp and Circumstance", we never get a clear view of Noah's face from the front.
    • Also, most of the humans in Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major-I. Allegro (Or the Steadfast Tin Soldier, whatever title you prefer).
  • Family-Unfriendly Death and Violence: Again, Rite of Spring. But it's dinosaurs, so it's okay.
  • Fauns and Satyrs: Pastoral Symphony
  • Fertile Feet: The Spring Sprite in Firebird. More like fertile fingertips. And tears.
  • Finger-Snap Lighter: Chernabog.
  • Forging Scene: In the "Pastoral Symphony" sequence, Vulcan/Hephaestus forges thunderbolts for Jupiter/Zeus to hurl at Bacchus/Dionysus.
  • For the Evulz: All things Chernabog does is because he purely has fun in it.
  • Furry Confusion: Lampshaded most brilliantly in Pomp and Circumstance
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The hoard of baby bunnies exiting the Arc.
  • Ghibli Hills: Pastoral Symphony
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Chernabog and the Firebird.
  • The Golden Age of Animation: Fantasia (1940)
  • Gone Behind the Bend: during the "Dance of the Hours" segment. Ben Ali Gator is chasing Hyacinth Hippo, who hides behind a column that is far too narrow for her to hide behind. Ben runs around the column a couple of times but can't seem to find her, until she comes from behind and tramples him.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Good Hurts Evil: Chernobog is driven away by the light of "the sacred".
  • Grapes of Luxury: A couple of centaurs enact this trope during the original film's Pastoral Symphony scene while being fanned by cherubs.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: The Elephant scene in Dance of the Hours
  • The Great Depression: The implied setting for "Rhapsody In Blue", or around that era at the least.
  • Hat of Power: The sorcerer's wizard hat that Mickey borrows in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice".
  • Hellish Horse: In Night on Bald Mountain sequence some of the skeleton knights rised by Chernabog ride some of these.
  • Henpecked Husband: One of the characters in Rhapsody in Blue
  • Hero Stole My Bike: In Rhapsody in Blue, Duke grabs a kid's scooter and immediately charges off on it, though at least he had the decency to give him some money.
  • Hot Wings: The Firebird.
  • Hope Spot: In The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Mickey stops the out of control broom by chopping it into little pieces. Just when he thinks his troubles are over, each broom piece starts to twitch, and then the pieces reconstitute themselves into hundreds of new brooms.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The male and female centaur in The Pastoral Symphony
  • Imagine Spot: The skating rink scene in "Rhapsody In Blue", where all the characters imagine what their fantasies would be.
  • Inept Mage: Mickey in The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
  • Intermission: The original roadshow version included one. Later versions re-edited the footage of the orchestra leaving for intermission and then returning for the opening and closing of the film. The DVD version restored the original intermission footage.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Specifically, hippo/gator in the Dance of the Hours segment.
    • Also implied between the elk and the forest sprite in the Firebird segment.
  • Jerkass Gods: Jupiter/Zeus in The Pastoral Symphony.
  • Large Ham: Chernabog is a rare non-speaking example.
  • Leitmotif: Done retroactively with some of the narrative segments.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Rachel (the little girl) in "Rhapsody in Blue." Unlike most Lonely Rich Kids, though, what she longs for is not friends her own age, but to spend quality time with her hard-working parents.
  • Long Take: Ave Maria ends with a 160-second one.
  • Mickey Mousing: Done in reverse!
  • Mime-and-Music-Only Cartoon
  • Mind Screw: Destino. Pretty much a given since one of its creators was Salvador Dali
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • In the last sequence of the original Fantasia the whole "undead being raised" thing in Night on Bald Mountain ends with churchgoers singing Ave Maria in a sharp contrast to the first part of the segment.
    • In Fantasia 2000 the humor in Rhapsody in Blue is interspersed with scenes that remind you that it takes place during the thirties, which can be a bit depressing.
    • Pomp and Circumstance does this a few times where it starts off with a hilarious slapstick sequence where Donald tries to get the animals to board the ship, but changes to sad when Donald and Daisy both think the other was killed in the flood, then goes back again to slapstick.
  • Murder by Cremation: At the end of "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" segment of Fantasia 2000, the evil Jack-in-the-Box is literally flung into a fire while attempting to kill the titular tin soldier.
    • To be fair, all the tin soldier had to do was put up his staff when the Jack-in-the-Box was flying at him with his sword; Jack's own momentum carried him the rest of the way. (Though it's pretty clear that's what the soldier was going for).
  • Mushroom Man: The dancing mushrooms.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • To past Disney films and characters. The snake that's about to eat the mice towards the end of "Pomp and Circumstance" looks an awful lot like Kaa from The Jungle Book.
    • And the elephants are Winifred and Hathi!
    • Don't forget about the frilled lizards.
  • Nature Spirit: The sprite in Firebird Suite
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Promotional art for Fantasia often seems to imply that Mickey as the Sorcerer's Apprentice faces off with Chernabog. Of course, the two appear in entirely different segments and do not interact.
    • Critics in 1940 actually complained about this.
  • Nice Hat: The sorcerer's hat in The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
  • Nipple-and-Dimed: The original actually averted this in a few scenes, with some very brief flashes of naked breasts that they could not get away with today.
  • No Name Given: In many of the numbers with original characters, the main characters' names are never mentioned in the movie, but according to Word of God, they do have names.
    • For example, in Rhapsody in Blue they are, in order of appearance: Duke, Jobless Joe, Rachel, and John. Rachel and John are named after Eric Goldberg's youngest daughter and animation historian John Culhane, respectively.
    • The same goes for Carnival of the Animals, where the yo-yo playing flamingo is called "Our Hero" and the other flamingos are named "The Snotty Six."
    • The little mushroom in The Nutcracker Suite is named Hop Low.
    • The leads in Dance of the Hours are Madamoiselle Upanova (ostrich), Hyacinth Hippo and Ben Ali Gator.
  • Off-Model: Mickey Mouse is, technically speaking, off model in his appearance in The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Freddy Moore completely redrew the Mickey model sheet for this film (particularly changing the eyes), giving the appearance that is still used today.
  • Oh Crap: The look on Mickey's face when he stops in the middle of walking away, and realizes that the broom he just chopped up into hundreds of pieces reconstituted into hundreds of brooms.
  • Our Gargoyles Rock: Chernabog. Just look at him and try to tell us he wouldn't blend in on a church roof.
  • Painting the Frost on Windows: The fairies in the Nutcracker Suite segment are shown changing leaf colours and putting rime frost on plants and water surfaces to change the seasons.
  • Pegasus
  • Popcultural Osmosis: Some of the sequences in the original. The intro to the "Pomp and Circumstance" segment brings up this trope as well.
  • Power Glows: Both Yen Sid and his Hat of Power.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: The point was to introduce children to not only to classical music, but to post-modernism as well.
    • Averted with "Rhapsody In Blue", which they had to get permission from the Gershwin estate to use. They probably didn't have much difficulty.
  • Punny Name: Mademoiselle Upanova.
  • Random Events Plot: "The Nutcracker Suite"
  • Reality Subtext: 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.
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation: Fantasia 2000 (1999)
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: At least carnivorous ones. The rest are portrayed as peaceful gentle giants.
    • Averted with the Alligators in 'Dance of the Hours', who only want to dance with the Hippos, Elephants and Ostriches.
    • "Pomp and Circumstance" portrays all the reptiles as absolutely adorable. Look at the tortoises going the wrong way! However, it's about Noah's Ark, so, justified.
      • Except for the snake trying to eat the adorable little mice.
  • Ret-Gone/Unperson/Canon Dis Continuity: Sunflower.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: "Firebird" is based on the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens (but with more lava than a pyroclastic flow).

    It also includes the hollowed out volcano post-eruption and could possibly allude to the incredibly fast regrowth of the forest decimated by the Mount St. Helens eruption (though not as fast as the animation, or course.)
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: Mickey shaking hands with Leopold Stokowski, and in the sequel, adjusting James Levine's outfit.
  • Satan: "Night On Bald Mountain" was originally introduced as starring "Satan himself" when Fantasia first premiered. His name was later changed to Chernabog (an obscure Slavic demon) in what was basically a reverse Jesus Taboo.
  • Scare Chord: Built into some of the pieces, and taken full advantage of by the animators.
  • Scenery Porn: Most of the sequences in both movies, with Firebird and Pines of Rome showing some particularly stunning backgrounds.
    • Even for the 40s, many pieces, even the deleted Clair de Lune, had beautiful backgrounds.
  • Science Marches On: The dinosaurs in the Rite of Spring sequence are hopelessly inaccurate today, but were fairly in-line with scientific thinking at the time.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: The sorcerer in The Sorcerer's Apprentice is officially named Yen Sid. Think about it.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Arguably, the Firebird (well, maybe sleeping evil). More so with the "Cutterflies" in the "5th Symphony". Chernabog is sealed in a timed can, since he gets let out of the peak of Bald Mountain once a year on St. John's Eve [1]
  • Shadow Discretion Shot
  • Shout-Out: "Firebird" is awfully similar to Studio Ghibli's green aesops.
    • The DVD commentary by the animators of "Firebird" did acknowledge Miyazaki as a source of inspiration.
    • The whole concept of Donald and Daisy narrowly missing one another in "Pomp and Circumstance" was partially inspired by Sleepless in Seattle.
    • Much of the text that makes its way into the animated sequences are shoutouts to the creators. In the "Steadfast Tin Soldier" sequence, "Ernst's Fish" is a reference to producer Don Ernst.
    • Rhapsody in Blue for a 12 minute number, is nearly Reference Overdosed. Sequence director Eric Goldberg's name pops up very often, noticeably on the plaque for the "Goldberg Hotel". The "Ninas" that Al Hirschfeld (the artist whose style inspired the look for the number) added in his drawings are present in the animation as well. Hirschfeld, his daughter Nina, his wife Susan, and writer Brooks Atkinson are among some of the people rushing out of the Goldberg Hotel. The original song's composer, George Gershwin, shows up in the sequence as himself, playing the piano one floor above Rachel during her piano lesson.
  • Shown Their Work: At the time Fantasia was made, the only well-known version of "Night on Bald Mountain" was the one streamlined and rearranged (the All Music Guide says "bowdlerized") by Rimsky-Korsakov. However it was the third version. The first version by Mussorgsky ("St. John's Eve at the Bald Mountain") was about a witches' sabbath on St. John's Eve[2], mentioned Satan explicitly and was rejected by the organizer of the festival for which it was written. The second and most obscure version of the music was heavily reworked, called "Dream of the Young Peasant Lad" and intended to be part of an opera which he never finished. According to the All Music Guide as a boy dreams on a hill, he is threatened by inhuman voices and finds himself mocked in the realm of shadows. The voices warn of the Devil and the "Black God" Chernobog; as the shadows fade, both appear. Chernobog is glorified, a Black Mass is sung, and a Witches' Sabbath breaks out. As a church bell intones, Chernobog disappears and the demons writhe in agony. A church choir sings, the demons fade away, awakening the boy. Sound familiar?
  • Sorcerer's Apprentice Plot: The Trope Namer.
  • Space Whale: Pines of Rome.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the Silly Symphonies shorts, which had ended the year before.
  • Standard Snippet: Most of the music, although Rhapsody in Blue is literally stuck in this state, thanks to United Airlines commercials.
  • Swing Low, Sweet Harriet: One centauress is pushed on a swing by her mate.
  • Swiss Army Tears: The Spring Sprite sheds some.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: The sorcerer's hat is adorned with star and moon symbols.
  • That Russian Squat Dance: Performed by thistles.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Hyacinth Hippo is comically obese whereas her partner Ben Ali Gator is very slim, short, and flexible. He can't even lift her over his head while they're dancing without great difficulty.
  • Trope 2000: Justified somewhat as it was released in the year 2000. At 12:00 midnight on the first day of the year, no less.
  • Villain Protagonist: Chernabog, arguably.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Chernabog, altought the rest is cover by the mountain peak.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve
  • Who Writes This Crap?: James Earl Jones asks something similar in Fantasia/2000 after an orchestra member hands him a synopsis of the "Carnival of the Animals" segment.
    • Actually, it was animator Eric Goldberg.
  • World-Healing Wave: In 2000, the nature spirit in the Firebird suite.
  • World-Wrecking Wave: In 2000, the firebird in the Firebird suite.
  • You Shall Not Pass: One of the triangle-butterfly-things pulls this in "Symphony No. 5", fighting off some of the evil bat-things and getting injured so its smaller friend can escape.
  1. which in the Russian Orthodox calendar is July 6th.
  2. June 23rd in the Western Calendar, July 6th in the Orthodox Calendar, and, like the Eve of All Saints (Hallowe'en) and the Eve of St. Walburga (Walpurgisnacht), a traditional time for the grand Sabbat of the witches