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Fantasia 2000

It has taken me 17 years to get around to purchasing this modern Classic, and I have now watched it two nights in succession!! The colour, the imagery, the characters and the music (especially the MUSIC) are all first-rate. I also liked the re-visiting of ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ segment, which STILL stands up today, as fresh and emotive as it ever was. I remember applauding (in my empty house) at the end of each segment, and not wanting the credits to roll at the very end. This has GOT to be a film to show our children, whether they be 4 or 64. Good Classical music only improves with age!!! Check it out!

Product description Disney’s sequel to the ever popular “Fantastia” – “Fantasia 2000”, dvd edition with bonus features. More ambitious in scope than any of its other animated films (before or to come), Disney’s 1940 Fantasia was a dizzying, magical, and highly enjoyable marriage of classical music and animated images. Fantasia 2000 features some breathtaking animation and storytelling, and in a few spots soars to wonderful high points, but it still more often than not has the feel of walking in its predecessor’s footsteps as opposed to creating its own path. A family of whales swimming and soaring to Respighi’s The Pines of Rome is magical to watch, but ends all too soon; a forest sprite’s dance of life, death, and rebirth to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring too clearly echoes the original Fantasia’s Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria sequence. But when it’s on target, Fantasia 2000 is glorious enough to make you giddy. Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is a perfect narrative set to Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Donald Duck’s guest appearance as the assistant to Noah (of ark fame) set to Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance marches is a welcome companion piece (though not an equal) to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the one original Fantasia piece included here. The high point of Fantasia 2000, though, is a fantastic day-in-the-life sequence of 1930s New York City set to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and animated in the style of cartoonist Al Hirschfeld; it’s a perfect melding of music, story, and animation. Let’s hope future Fantasias (reportedly in the works) take a cue from the best of this compilation. The music is provided by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Levine, interspersed with negligible intros by Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Itzhak Perlman, James Earl Jones, and others. –Mark Englehart

 

 

 

Fantasia 2000 Review

 

With one small flaw, this is a wonderful, relaxing and exciting series of animated vignettes set to classical music. The only segment repeated from the original 1940 Fantasia is Mickey Mouse in The Sorceror’s Apprentice. All the others are new and of inconsistent quality. Donald Duck is a Noah-esque hero set to Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance; butterflies dance to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony; whales fly as we hear Respighi’s Pines of Rome; Al Hirschfeld-esque drawings animate Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals is accompanied by flamingos with a yo-yo; Nature battles destructive forces to Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite; and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 lends itself to a depiction of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The only weakness is that there are short celebrity introductions which are entertaining but it would be nicer to be able to play the DVD without the interruptions, particularly if you’ve seen the disc more than a few times. Extras include: narration or captioning in English or French; two commentary tracks that include comments by the executive producer, producer and conductor or each segment’s director and art director; a highlights program; a Making Of feature; and two 1953 cartoons that take place in a bird school and have to do with music (melody and rhythm). This is a lovely dvd that will stand up to many viewings. Nice selection of animation and music. Very enjoyable indeed. -Read Reviews-

Fantasia 2000 is one hour and fifteen minutes long and was released in theaters on December 17, 2000. This film is a full fifty minutes shorter then the original Fantasia. In the original Fantasia one host is used and in Fantasia 2000 there are a total of nine hostshostesses in this film and that is one too many in my book. Both films feature the same number of musical segments and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is the only segment to be featured in both films. Also another difference between both films it the production of the films. The original Fantasia was produced all at once while Fantasia 2000 segments were produced during gaps of full length feature films and that why Fantasia 2000 looks like is was done if a cookie cutter fashion. Barring the negatives that I wrote above Fantasia 2000 art is great as well as the animation. The Steadfast Tin Soldier lead characters are completely computer animated as well as the flying whale, which the exception of the eyes, in Pines of Rome. There are over five dozen different colors used in this film alone. Still I was left wanting more. Fantasia 2000 gets a C+. DVD EXTRASPlayBonus Material1. Roy Disney Introduction2. The Making of Fantasia 20003. Audio Commentaries4. Showcase Program-Highlights from the Feature5. Adventures In Music: Melody6. Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and BoomChapter SelectionSet Up

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