|Originally Posted by NagysAudio |
Cougartiger - That's one side of the argument. But there have been quite many reports that the voice on the 1991 Laserdisc is Hugh Douglas and not Deems Taylor. I wonder if Disney would answer this question?
My name is Ernest Rister and I am an animation historian. While I don't pretend to be an expert on Fantasia, I can tell you with absolute certainty Deems Taylor's voice is what you hear on the 1991 laserdisc.
I'm not sure how Hugh Douglas has become associated on the internet with voicing the 1982 version of Fantasia, because according to Leonard Maltin, Tim Matheson reads the Deems Taylor narration in the 1982 version of Fantasia, not Hugh Douglas.
"Musical purists quarreled with this revision of Stokowski, but Disney purists were even more upset. Deems Taylor was no longer in the film. If one accepted the premise that Fantasia
needed modernizing, this might have made sense - after all, Taylor is virtually unknown today - but his narration
, in some ways the most dated aspect of Fantasia
, remained intact, spoken by an unidentifed voice (actor Tim Matheson). Surely some tasteful rewriting would have been as welcome as any musical recording." (Maltin, The Disney Films - 4th Edition, pg. 45)
So, in other words, there was no ADR dubbing of Deems Taylor in 1982 by Hugh Douglas, because Deems Taylor isn't even in that version. Matheson read Taylor's narration while the camera showed various shots of the silhouetted "orchestra" during the interstitials.
1982 - Digital re-recording. No Deems Taylor, narration read by Tim Matheson
1990 - 50th Anniversary version. Deems Taylor returned to film, audio is Taylor's voice.
2000 - 60th anniversary presentation of original 1940 roadshow version. Taylor's voice replaced by Corey Burton.
2010 - 70th anniversary presentation of original 1940 roadshow version. Lather, rinse, repeat.