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Fantasia/2000 (1999)

G  |   |  Animation, Family, Fantasy  |  16 June 2000 (USA)
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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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Bette Midler (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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Angela Lansbury (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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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

The success of the original Fantasia (1940) on a limited video release made Disney appreciate that there was enough interest for a continuation project. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102
Music by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performed by James Levine, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Yefim Bronfman (piano soloist)
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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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