Fantasia is a 1940 animated film produced by Walt Disney. The film is made up of several vignettes which are set to pieces of classical music. The most popular of these segments is a symphonic poem, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas. The story revolves around a young apprentice (played by Mickey Mouse) who enthusiastically takes it upon himself to meddle with magic in order to finish his chores. Borrowing the sorcerer's hat, the apprentice falls asleep and wreaks havoc as his spell spirals out of control, until the sorcerer shows up and puts everything back the way it was. A follow-up anthology, Fantasia 2000, was released in 1999.
- Big Bird's Sesame Street Dictionary Volume 5 features Ernie in the role of the sorcerer's apprentice as he whisks about various items, including an animated broom (like those seen in the film) and a newspaper announcing the headline "Apprentice Out of Control." Ernie wears a sorcerer's hat similar to Mickey's as he dances along to music played by a record player.
- In the Muppet Babies episode "The Great Muppet Cartoon Show", Baby Animal appears with paintbrushes resembling the films famous brooms.
- Wayne Allwine played Mickey Mouse in Fantasia 2000.
- Bruce Broughton served as conductor/music supervisor on the "Rhapsody in Blue" segment of Fantasia 2000.
- Al Hirschfeld consulted on the "Rhapsody in Blue" segment of Fantasia 2000, based on his art style.
- John Hubley served as art director on "The Rite of Spring" segment in Fantasia.
- James Earl Jones appeared in Fantasia 2000.
- Steve Martin appeared in Fantasia 2000.
- Bette Midler appeared in Fantasia 2000.
- Itzhak Perlman appeared in Fantasia 2000.
- Peter Schickele served as musical arranger on the "Pomp and Circumstance" segment of Fantasia 2000.
- Russi Taylor provided the screams of Daisy Duck in Fantasia 2000.
- Penn and Teller appeared in Fantasia 2000.