Let’s get back to a little Lobby Card business, shall we? This time I’m coming at you with another heavy dose of good ‘ol Disney nostalgia. One of my personal favorites, Fantasia.
In a push to reclaim some mojo for a languishing Mickey Mouse, Disney animators were slaving away on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. It was originally destined to be another one of their Silly Symphonies series of shorts, but when production costs ran too high, they packaged it with seven other shorts and released it as their third animated feature film.
Due in part to World War II and the high cost of making it, Fantasia failed to make a profit with its first run. Of course, Disney has released Fantasia in theaters several times in the decades since its first run, and has made a hefty profit in the long haul.
This particular set of lobby cards is from the 1982 re-release. Coincidentally, that was also the year that Don Bluth (who had left Disney with several of its top animators) unleashed The Secret of Nimh. Now, even though I really dig Fantasia, I’ll put my money on Bluth’s pinnacle effort every single time. Hands down.