Bela Lugosi served as a live action model for Chernabog, the demon in Night on Bald Mountain. Lugosi spent several days at the Disney studios, where he was filmed doing evil, demon-like poses for the animators to use as a reference.
Fantasia was the first film with stereo sound.
The composers and their works used in order are:
The movie won two Honorary Academy Awards:
Fantasia was not a box-office hit upon its initial release, and critics of the time felt that Disney was attempting to reach a "high-brow" audience. The movie did not turn a profit until its re-release in the late 1960s. Its failure left Disney in financial straits, which is why he followed Fantasia with a relatively low-budget feature, Dumbo.
In the 1970s, Fantasia was a favorite movie of those who liked to take illicit drugs and watch the film's colorful sequences. Though that association eventually faded, the film's reputation has grown steadily until it now is generally acknowledged as one of Disney's legitimate masterpieces and a shining example of American animation at its finest.
The original film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.