Walt Disney's "Fantasia," and re-opening here this weekend, has been playing for several weeks in Los Angeles. The 1940 classic has been elaborately recorded in Dolby sound, by Irwin Kostal, from the arrangements earlier used by Leopold Stokowski.
Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times said that "nothing you have heard about 'Fantasia' can prepare you for its pure enchantment," stressing "its utter timelessness -- not just of its appeal, but its style. . . We might well expect it to have a late Deco look; yet it could pass for brand-new. Its spoken introductions are awfully square -- they're so very explanatory -- but otherwise it is stunningly sophisticated, not a quality usually associated with Disney. Daringly, the film opens with an abstract sequence, set to Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, and then moves to its most exquisite achievement, Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' Suite. . .
"The variety that 'Fantasia' encompasses so gracefully accommodates even Mickey Mouse, cast as a budding magician in 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' . . . 'Fantasia' (rated G for its appropriateness for all audiences) is a journey into the imagination like no other. Scores of artists and technicians have contributed to this remarkable achievement that seems destined to live forever."
FANTASIA -- At the Fairfax Circle, Pike and Uptown.