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Disney's "Fantasia", 1941 Jumbo Window Card Movie Poster

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Walt Disney's "Fantasia", 1941
Original Jumbo Window Card (22x28")
The Rare "Roadshow" version

Here is a very scarce Fantasia jumbo window card for the 1941 limited RKO "Roadshow" release. Vero good condition. Shows some wear at corners but in remarkably good condition for it's 68 years. And, the top has NOT been trimmed as is typical with window cards.

Fantasia was originally released in 1940 by Walt Disney Productions itself as a roadshow release, since Disney's distributor RKO Radio Pictures backed out of the film. Its first playdate, the film's premiere, was in New York City on November 13, 1940. The final scene to be shot (the long multiplane pan in the Ave Maria sequence) was completed, developed, printed, and rushed via airplane to New York that same day, where it was spliced into the film a mere four hours before showtime. Primarily because of the amount of audio equipment required and the time necessary to make the installation, the full-length Fantasound version of Fantasia was only shown at 12 theatres, and only 16 Fantasound-equipped prints were ever made. The film was popular, and also boosted the classical music industry. Fantasia's extremely large budget, however, meant that the film was unable to turn a profit during its initial release. The financial failure of Fantasia left Walt Disney in dire financial straits, causing him to produce a relatively low-budget feature, Dumbo, as his next project.

Starting with the January 29, 1941 play date in Los Angeles, California, RKO assumed distribution of Fantasia. They had the film's soundtrack remixed into monophonic sound, to make it easier to distribute, and added their logos to the film's solitary title card.

In late 1941, RKO had the 125-minute Fantasia edited down to 81 minutes (done by deleting the entire Toccata and Fugue in D Minor segment and shortening the live-action Deems Taylor sequences as much as possible). This version of the film was released nationwide on January 6, 1942 — the first time Fantasia was given a wide release — with the infamous tagline "Fantasia Will Amazia!"

Fantasia (RKO, 1941). Jumbo Window Card (22" X 28"). Starring Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Julietta Novis, Corey Burton, Walt Disney, James MacDonald, Paul J. Smith. Directed by James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield and Ben Sharpsteen

Walt Disney's animated masterpiece was developed from a short-subject cartoon based on the Paul Dukas musical piece, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Mickey Mouse starred in the eight-minute short orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski. Disney and Stokowski both liked the finished product so well that they decided to expand the production from a short subject into a full two-hour feature. This jumbo window card features characters from several of the classical selections, including "Nutcracker Suite," "Pastorale Symphony" and "Dance of the Hours."