Jim explores the origins of the technological advancement - tied to 'Fantasia'

often hear people toss around terminology like "Fantasound," as if it should be common knowledge if you are a true Disney fan and, more often than not, I find that most people, even true Disney fans, are completely clueless especially when it comes to things about classic Disney animation like how to estimate the age of an animation drawing by the peg hole configuration.

Fantasound was another of the many innovations developed by Walt Disney personally, and was only used for a brief period of time in one of his animated feature films, Fantasia (1940). So, in this column, here is more than you ever thought you ever wanted to know about Fantasound utilizing direct quotes from the man who helped invent it.

Walt shared an honorary Academy Award for the development of the Fantasound system for use in the presentation of the animated feature film Fantasia. On February 27, 1941, an Honorary Award was given to Walt, William E. Garity and J.N.A. Hawkins "For their outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures through the production of Fantasia."

At that same ceremony Walt was also given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award awarded to "Creative producers, whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production." Walt was the youngest person to ever receive such an honor.

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