It’s not uncommon these days for big-screen blockbusters to push their run time to three hours. Meanwhile, animation has remained fairly consistent in terms of film length, typically between 90 and 100 minutes. Disney’s previous feature films “Snow White” and “Pinocchio” ran 83 and 88 minutes, respectively. However, “Fantasia” overtook them both, sitting at a whopping 124 minutes.
To this day, it is still Disney Animation Studios’ longest film, with the next longest film being 2018’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which lasted 112 minutes. In an interesting coincidence, the follow-up film “Fantasia”, 1941’s “Dumbo” was one of Disney’s shortest films at just 64 minutes. The length of the film is something that many people cannot help but enjoy, and it is not the easiest movie to sell, especially for children. In his review for New York Times, Bosley Crowther gave the film an honest review of its running time, writing that it “tends to tire the senses”, but was full of praise for the film, going on to say that it was “an original film. the most original and provocative of a number of times.”
“Fantasia” is a stark departure from other Disney films and is particularly bold with the studio’s history of short shorts. This makes it especially difficult to compare with other Disney narrative films as there really isn’t anything else like it. Walt’s experiments may not always be successful, but the sheer creativity on display here in “Fantasia” is something that has to be witnessed to be believable.
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