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Fantasia 2000 (1999)

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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:
Himself - Introductory Host
Himself - Host (segment "Pines of Rome")
Himself - Host (segment "Rhapsody in Blue")
Herself - Host (segment "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102")
Himself - Host (segment "Carnival of the Animals")
Himself - Host (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (as Penn)
Himself - Host (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
James Levine ...
Himself - Host (segment "Pomp and Circumstance"), Conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Herself - Host (segment "Firebird Suite - 1919 Version")
Tony Anselmo ...


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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Release Date:

16 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fantasia '99  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£49,825 (UK) (31 December 1999)


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

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Did You Know?


When Bette Midler was introducing "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" by talking about ideas that were originally going to be in the original Fantasia (1940) she mentions "Flight of the Bumble Bee". It was used in Melody Time (1948) under the title Bumble Boogie. See more »


In "Rhapsody in Blue" in the young man's room. The first shot shows the whole room and pans left showing him in bed with the alarm clock upright. The very next close-up shows the clock to be face down. See more »


Penn: [introducing The Sorcerer's Apprentice] Ladies and gentlemen, we'd like to take a moment, if we may, to talk about a little something we like to refer to as magic.
Teller: [finger quotes]
Penn: Uh, picture this. You're at home, hosting a birthday party for your daughter, and you've just shelled out 50 bucks so some pathetic loser can pull a mangy rabbit out of a flea market hat. At first, you might wonder to yourself "How did he do that?" But then you would probably just dismiss it as some sort of a trick. And...
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Credits are superimposed over preliminary artwork. See more »


References Melody Time (1948) See more »


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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