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An update of the original film with new interpretations of great works of classical music.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Conductor (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (archive footage)
Ralph Grierson ...
Pianist (segment "Rhapsody in Blue")
Kathleen Battle ...
Featured Soprano (segment "Pomp and Circumstance") (singing voice)
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Himself - Introductory Host
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Himself - Host (segment "Pines of Rome")
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Himself - Host (segment "Rhapsody in Blue")
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Herself - Hostess (segment "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102")
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Himself - Host (segment "Carnival of the Animals")
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Himself - Host (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (as Penn)
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Himself - Host (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
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Himself - Host (segment "Pomp and Circumstance"), Conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
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Herself - Hostess (segment "Firebird Suite - 1919 Version")
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Tony Anselmo ...
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In this update of Disney's masterpiece film mixture of animation and music, new interpretations of great works of music are presented. It begins with an abstract battle of light and darkness set to the music of Beethoveen's Fifth Symphony. Then we see the adventures of a Humpback Whale calf and his pod set to "The Pines of Rome." Next is the humourous story of several lives in 1930's New York City, scored with "Rhapsody in Blue." Following is a musical telling of the fairy tale, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" set to Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2. Then a goofy Flamingo causes havoc in his flock with his yo-yo to the tune of the finale of "Carnival of the Animals." This is followed by the classic sequence from the original film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Mickey Mouse and followed by "Pomp and Circumstance" starring Donald Duck as a harried assistant to Noah on his Ark. Finally, we see the awesome tale of the life, death and renewal of a forest in a sequence ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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31 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fantasia '99  »

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£49,825 (UK) (31 December 1999)

Gross:

$60,507,228 (USA) (5 January 2001)
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Trivia

Eric Goldberg showed "Rhapsody in Blue" to Al Hirschfeld shortly before the artist's 96th birthday. Hirschfeld's wife Louise called it the best birthday present he could have received. See more »

Goofs

In "Rhapsody in Blue", the young drummer/construction worker is alternately sitting and leaning on a steel beam during a lunch break with his left foot on the beam and his right foot off, but his right foot doesn't dangle in the air, it stays in one place, as if meant to be braced against another beam. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Mouse: Mr. Levine! Okay, Mr. Levine, everybody's in place for the next number.
James Levine: Thanks, Mickey. When...
Mickey Mouse: But we can't find Donald. So you stay here and stall for time, and I'll be right back.
[Exits]
Mickey Mouse: [Offstage] Donald! Oh Donald!
James Levine: When we hear Sir Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" we think of a graduation ceremony.
Mickey Mouse: Donald, where are ya?
James Levine: Actually, Elgar composed it for many kinds of solemn events.
Mickey Mouse: Donald!
James Levine: This march inspired the Disney artists to recreate the age old story...
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Referenced in Yellow Sticky Notes (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Pomp and Circumstance, Marches #1, 2, 3, & 4
Written by Edward Elgar (as Sir Edward Elgar)
Performed by James Levine, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Kathleen Battle
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Music expertly portrayed in film
4 January 2000 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

Fantasia 2000 presents us with a visual voyage into music that, in my opinion, excels that of the original Fantasia. Not only is the animation itself extremely fluid, colorful, and highly diverse from segment to segment, but the representation of the music is, in itself, sheer genius. As I have come to expect from Disney, at least some research has been done into the texture of the music as well as thematical studies and tonal structure. This much, I believe, is made in evidence of both blatant and subtle use of contrast on screen to highlight the contrast of the music.

In all, this film is of extremely high value and is of an excellent nature. I highly recommend seeing it on the IMAX screen for full effect of sound and light and to be ready for a sonic experience that will have you whistling tunes all week long.


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