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Walt Disney’s Fantasia is many things. At first, it was a flop. Now – through Disney’s re-releases (and what appears to be a campaign selling the film to the drug addled in the 60’s) – it’s one of the top 25 highest grossing films of all time (adjusted). It’s a mainstream classic, but in structure it's also an art-house, experimental film. It’s singular - an omnibus, made of short, unconnected films that never build on each other - the majority of films like that have rarely worked. And though it’s been on home video for twenty years now, and it’s been available on DVD, Blu-ray gives us yet another chance to familiarize ourselves with Walt Disney’s passion project and absorb its brilliance and flaws. My review of the Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 double feature Blu-ray follows after the jump. There are no stars in Fantasia. The »
- Andre Dellamorte
Format: Nintendo Wii
He may be one of the world’s most iconic mascots, with a timeless legacy that dates back almost a century, but in recent years Mickey Mouse has been anything but epic.
So with a title that boldly states its somewhat ambitious intentions from the off, it was clear that Disney and Nintendo would have to have produced a game a little more impressive than their last collaborative outing – the embarassingly weak Disney’s Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse – from up their wizard’s apprentice sleeve.
Ominously enough, Epic Mickey also focuses on a magical mirror, except thankfully this time it’s an apt reflection of all the things the House of Mouse is adored for – creativity, imagination, vibrancy and most importantly of all, fun.
The set-up’s ingenious in its simplicity and cleverly planned depth. Mickey’s lured into another world and stumbles across Fantasia’s »
- Matt Risley
DVD Playhouse December 2010
America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
#Gift It seems almost pointless reviewing Disney's classic reissues on Blu-ray because the films themselves are familiar and the Hi-Def restoration work is guaranteed to impress. The personnel behind the HD remastering of releases of classic animated films from the Disney vault have established a standard of excellence that they are sure to meet with every new release. It is intriguing to think that movies such as Fantasia and the previously released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs probably look better now than they ever have before. Today's audiences have the privilege of seeing them looking more pristine and sounding clearer than audiences contemporary with their original release could have imagined possible.
Given the superlatives above, it goes without saying that both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 look fabulous. This can be expected from the latter because it was made relatively recently. The restoration work on Fantasia is all the more »
On November 30, 2010, Disney released their highly praised and greatly worshiped film Fantasia in a spectacular 4 disc set. Over the years, if you have visited the actual Disneyland theme park, you will, without a doubt ,notice the evening show spectacle that is a live rendition of the film, performed on the water.
In 1940 Walt Disney produced this, his third film, and decided to distribute the work himself. The film was initially two hours and 20 minutes long, featuring animation, coupled with classical music, to dazzle, both in a beautiful sync. Rko came in to re-edit, and made it more suitable for broader audiences, as the film nearly broke the bank of the Mickey Mouse company. Since then, the film has been re-cut nearly a dozen times.
Fantasia may be best remembered for a number called “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” in which Mickey Mouse conjured special powers to help clean, with disastrous results. But that was just one segment of a classic film that saw Walt Disney pushing the boundaries of cinema, experimenting with Leopold Stokowski by bringing the dreamscape visuals of classical music to life with hand-drawn animation, long before the days of the music video. Fantasia 2000 picked up in its footsteps, decades later, with brand-new segments using the animation of 1999 to bring a new track list to life on the screen. With a bevy of new hosts to set-up the songs, and music ranging from Beethoven to more modern classics like George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Fantasia 2000 lives up to its predecessor’s experimental nature. Sometimes its stories are very direct, while at other points it reaches more into the realm of abstract. »
- Bill Jones
Walt Disney saw possibilities where others did not. He turned Mickey Mouse into an American icon and launched a bustling animation business, but wasn’t satisfied with his amusing shorts. Instead, he wanted more and defied the critics who thought a full-length animated feature would hurt viewers’ eyes and test their patience. Snow White proved them wrong. Emboldened, Disney spent the 1930s experimenting with animation in ways none of his peers tried. He adapted classics and he gave us indelible characters and song. He even tried for Art with a capital ‘A’.
His third feature-length film was Fantasia and in eight segments, introduced audiences to a variety of classical music set to animated tales inspired by each. Today, we know it best for the entertaining "Sorcerer’s Apprentice" bit guest starring Mickey in his feature debut; but the film was so much more. It opened up what animation could be »
- Robert Greenberger
Chicago – As more and more homes become HD-enabled, the Blu-ray market has finally started to expand to the point that it’s getting difficult to narrow a list of the best releases down to only ten. But that’s what we’re here for — to do the difficult jobs. These are the ten best Blu-rays of 2010.
The most notable trend in Blu-ray in 2010 was the treatment of classic films and television. Several major studios found new ways to pull classic gems from the vault, put them in new HD settings, and remind people why they fell in love with them in the first place. The Criterion Collection continued to lead the way when it came to classics, but Warner Bros. and Universal deserve some praise (and earned a few spots on the list below).
Was it a banner year for classics or a disappointing one for modern releases? Does 70% of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
On a recent cold, rainy November night in Boston, dancing hippos, marching broomsticks and surreal images from the mind of Salvador Dali came to life at the Museum of Fine Arts.
No, I did not imbibe in any sort of spirits at a local watering hole en route to the Museum. I was one of the attendees at a special presentation regarding the Blu-ray debut of Walt Disney's 1940 classic Fantasia and its 2000 follow up, Fantasia 2000, which are now currently available and most likely sitting on many a fan's shelf as you read this (and if it's not, shame on you!). Hosted by longtime Disney team members Don Hahn (producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King) and animation effects supervisor Dave Boussert (with a special appearance by Mickey Mouse himself), the two-hour presentation gave an overview of the film's history, the efforts it took to restore the »
Chicago – On a good day, Nicolas Cage can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable actors in the business. Whether he’s angrily reciting the alphabet in Robert Bierman’s 1988 satire “Vampire’s Kiss,” or hallucinating about iguanas in Werner Herzog’s 2009 comic masterpiece “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” Cage has proven to be the most fun to watch when granted the opportunity to cut loose.
Unfortunately, Cage’s most profitable films have nearly always been his weakest, thanks to the master of commercial mediocrity, Jerry Bruckheimer. The man is incapable of producing a picture that doesn’t have his dumbed down thumbprint engraved on it. His so-called family entertainments are nothing more than watered down versions of his standard action blockbusters sold to adults, with a few cutesy in-jokes thrown in to give audiences the impression that they’re watching a Disney movie (a Buzz Lightyear alarm clock here, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Walt Disney and his group of people from his studio would travel to Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. The results would be two cartoons but the benefactor of the trip may come as a surprise to you. Walt Disney was facing potential financial ruin. His expensive film Fantasia had failed to produce the box office numbers he hoped for and he was in debt. The country was entering the war and to top it all off his studio went on strike. Needless to say, Uncle Walt was in need of a vacation. That.s when everyone.s uncle, Uncle Sam, came calling. It seems the United States wanted some goodwill down Argentine way and wanted Walt, the creator of Mickey Mouse, to »
- Jeff Swindoll
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Warrior’s Way
The Plot: A warrior-assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission.
The Buzz: With no other major releases this week, The Warrior’s Way wins the “Movie of the Week” accolade by default. That’s not to say I’m not interested in seeing Kate Bosworth again — she’s been absent from the motion picture scene since 2008′s 21 and before that 2006′s Superman Returns, and I’ve always enjoyed her work. I’m unfamiliar with the film’s lead, Dong-gun Jang, but he seems charismatic enough in the film’s trailer. The film also boasts the presence of Geoffrey Rush, which suggests a higher caliber film than one would otherwise assume. »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
Cast: Leopold Stokowski
Running Time: 2 hr 5 min
Due Out: November 30, 2010
Plot: Seven classical pieces of music are animated in a film that’s meant to be the visual representation of what you hear when listening to these pieces.
Who’S It For? Unlike most animated films, this requires a more mature audience. Though there’s nothing objectionable in the material, it might be dull for kids.
The most experimental of any of Disney’s animated feature films, Fantasia tells seven stories, all set to music. The most famous is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Mickey Mouse wearing a red robe and blue hat covered in stars. Even people who haven’t seen the »
- Megan Lehar
Insert Credit endeavors to suss out where you should be allotting your video game allowance, sifting out a single title from many and crowning it as The One Game You Need to Get This Week. Don't consider these reviews, gentle reader. Rather, think of Insert Credit as a mix of hands-on time, informed opinion and intuition.
For the week of November 29, 2010, you should insert credit into: "Disney Epic Mickey."
Everybody's been calling it "Epic Mickey" but the full name of the game includes the last name of the mega-entertainment company's founder Walt Disney, but it also now stands for a brand. For some, it's a saccharine, Pollyanna sensibility that's become shorthand for safe, bland entertainment.
It's easy to forget that there was a man behind the empire, a man full of the quirks and contradictions that we all possess. What "Disney Epic Mickey" restores is a bit of the variable »
- Evan Narcisse
People have been adapting works of art since time immemorial adjusting the details for the era and culture. There appear to be countless versions of what happens when a sorcerer leaves his apprentice alone to complete his chores. This led to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 1797 ballad, which was adapted into a symphonic poem by Paul Dukas in 1890. In the 1940s Walt Disney used both as an inspiration for the most beloved sequence in Fantasia, as Mickey Mouse plays he Sorcerer’s Apprentice. These days, with everything from the Disney vaults ripe for reinterpretation, it was inevitable that someone would turn this enchanting sequence into an over-the-top spectacle.
Actor Nicholas Cage is credited with the notion for this retelling of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which reunites him with director Jon Turteltaub, with Disney hoping for some National treasure magic to be sprinkled over this warmed-up rehash of the familiar. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, »
- Robert Greenberger
"There are three kinds of music on this Fantasia program. First, there's the kind that tells a definite story. Then there's the kind that while it has no specific plot, it does paint a series of more or less definite pictures. And then there's a third kind, music that exists simply for its own sake." -Deems Taylor, Fantasia (1940)
There are animated classics, and then there is Fantasia; the original feature-length music video. Walt Disney's ambitious marriage of silent animated vignettes and classical music was unique, bold and utterly engrossing seventy years ago and remains so today. A motion picture event back in the day, Disney Home Video is now making both Fantasia films an event on Blu-ray, a format tailor made for these two features.
Nov 29, 2010
According to Deems Taylor, writing in 1940 (although the story was later denied by Disney sources), Fantasia first began as a comeback vehicle for Mickey Mouse after the Disney Studio had turned from modest cartoon production to large-scale animation features. Certainly Disney had used the Silly Symphony format to introduce additional cartoon figures – Pluto in 1930, the Three Pigs in 1933, and then Donald Duck in 1934, who went on to challenge Mickey's top billing. Also in 1934 Disney began work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a considerable gamble that came ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »
Hard to believe, but it’s been 70 years since Walt Disney first released his Technicolor triumph, Fantasia. Still one of his, and the studio’s, most ambitious projects, Fantasia remains a remarkable achievement of animation, sound and art. And now, for this first time on Blu-ray, this Disney classic is with us once more.
With dialogue used sparingly throughout, Fantasia is a collection of eight animated segments, all set to pieces of classical music. Conducted by Brit conductor Leopold Stokowski and performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, each segment is introduced by composer and critic Deems Taylor, who explains the narrative, or lack thereof, the music involved, and the images we’re about to explore.
What follows in each segment is nothing short of genius on Disney’s part. Each one is a work of dedication, beauty, and what Disney himself would call ‘pure animation’. Making use of classic pieces Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, »
In spite of having grown up as a part of the Disney “VHS Generation”, one of the first groups of children to have the privilege and opportunity to enjoy nearly every Disney classic in the comfort of my home on demand, I don’t have much nostalgia for my childhood favourites. They still have a special place in my heart because they undeniably have a hand in the person I have become, but they have since been replaced by other Disney films I didn’t necessarily appreciate as a child.
I have my qualms with Disney, none of which I plan on getting into right here, but I can appreciate many of their films for their artistry and heartfelt sentiment. This list does not reflect the tastes and impulses of my childhood self, but the obsessions and preferences of my young adulthood. That isn’t to say there isn’t any nostalgia involved, »
Thanks to Disney I am able to offer three of you the opportunity to win the Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 Special Edition Blu-ray box set in this contest to coincide with our giveaway for The Sorcerer's Apprentice on Blu-ray. For a chance to win both Fantasia films on Blu-ray please fill out and submit the entry form below. You can increase your odds of being chosen a winner each day you return to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
Fantasia is an extravaganza of sight and sound -- brilliantly presented with an all-new digital restoration! Now you can experience Walt Disney's animated musical masterpiece, Fantasia, and the triumphant classic it inspired, Fantasia 2000, together in this special 2-Movie Collection. Fully immerse yourself in »
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