Original Mickey Film Posters: Celebrating 90 Years of Mickey Mouse

Original Mickey Film Posters: Celebrating 90 Years of Mickey Mouse

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Fantasia (1940) poster, Belgium

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November 26, 03:05 PM GMT

Estimate

2,000 - 3,000 GBP

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Fantasia (1940) poster, Belgium

First Belgian release 1953


Unframed 17 1/4 x 11 in. (43.8 x 28 cm)

Framed 23 1/4 x 17 in. (59 x 43.2 cm)


This was Disney's third animated feature film. It has eight segments, which are all set to pieces of classical music, seven of which were performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Stokowski and the music critic and composer Deems Taylor, who acts as the film's Master of Ceremonies, appear in the film. Disney had been working on a complex Silly Symphonies style short animation, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which was to be released to boost Mickey's popularity, which had declined. However, the cost of producing this animation proved too high, and so he decided to incorporate it in this full length feature. Fantasia was the first commercial film shown in stereophonic sound. The film was released in America in 1940, and unfortunately could not been shown in Europe until after World War II. This sweet poster for Fantasia focuses on Mickey in his central role as the Sorcer's Apprentice.


Belgium posters pre-World War II were significantly larger than this poster. However during and after World War II, owing to paper shortages, smaller sized posters were produced. Eventually different slightly larger posters were re-introduced, however they never were the same size as those produced pre-war. An extremely rare poster, with only a very few copies known to have survived.



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