Fantasia is a whimsical, animated movie created out of the idea that cartoon characters’ actions could to set to popular classical music. This film, at least according to Ebert, took animation from “rinky-tink” into an art form that could “hold its own” against other motion pictures of the time. Fantasia was also the first movie to use sterophonic sound, or “Fantasound”. The ancestor of surround sound, it used three speakers, one behind the screen and one to either side.
What was interesting about Ebert’s analysis of this movie was that he focused on the difficulty in making such an “effortless” looking production. Artists combined many, many techniques in creating the magical viewing experience of Fantasia. This film was even remade so that later generations could experience its majesty- the viewing experience is almost the same as in the original. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen Fantasia yet; that problem will hopefully be remedied soon.