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Himself - Conductor (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (archive footage)
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Himself - Pianist (segment "Rhapsody in Blue")
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Herself - 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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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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Angela Lansbury (segment "Firebird Suite - 1919 Version")
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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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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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£49,825 (UK) (31 December 1999)

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

Instead of being produced all at once, as the original Fantasia (1940) had been, each segment was produced individually during production lulls between features. "Pines of Rome", the first segment to go into production, was completed in 1995. Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th was the last sequence to go into production. See more »

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In "Pomp and Circumstance", the elephant smashes Donald into the floor with its front leg. In the next shot it appears to have smashed Donald with its hind leg. See more »

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Steve Martin: You know what's amazing is that many of these musicians are playing for the very first time. Thanks to Steve Martin's "Master Musician Home Study Course". More about that later.
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Crazy Credits

Right after the final credits, you hear Steve Martin's voice, wondering out loud if he's still on camera, then realizes it's the end of the movie. He then asks the audience, 'Can I have a ride home?' See more »

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References Melody Time (1948) See more »

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Carnival of the Animals (Le Carnaval des Animaux), Finale
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed by James Levine, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gail Niwa and Philip L. Sabransky
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Good Yes, But Not Great
31 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Having already seen Fantasia and understanding the painstaking work done on the movie, one would have to begin reviewing Fantasia 2000 relatively to the original. There is no question that Walt Disney Animation Studios have a solid tradition of innovation and entertainment. But was it that good?

I would start with rating the first segment, the weakest. When I recall the first segment on the original's Tocata and Fugue in D-minor, I was amazed with the intricacy and imagination that went into it. I'm sorry folks, I was not impressed with the beginning of Fantasia 2000. I've listened to the entire first movement of the 5th Symphony before so I was rather disappointed that they shortened the tune a bit. Sorry folks, it just didn't measure up. I was quite disappointed with this piece. It seemed too commercial to my liking.

However, I have to say that the animators did a great job in the adaptation of the Pines of Rome. I could not have possibly been any more original myself.

The three strongest segments followed. Rhapsody in Blue was a masterpiece. Disney's use of the Steadfast Tin Soldier to the tune of Shostakovich's second Piano Concerto was masterful. And the Carnival of the Animals was funny and brilliant, especially James Earl Jones' introduction.

A blast from the past was introduced by Penn and Teller in the form of the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Why? I guess they ran out of ideas at that time.

The processions featuring Daisy and Donald Duck was wonderful, along with the Firebird.

All in all, it was a good film and it did follow the pattern of the original. I just wish they had a better beginning.


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