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

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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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16 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fantasia '99  »

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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 "Carnival of the Animals" segment marks the first time that watercolor animation is featured in a traditionally animated feature. See more »

Goofs

In "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", the handle on the Jack-in-the-Box is usually on his left. In the shot of him creeping towards the soldier and dancer it is on his right. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Mouse: [Pulling on Stokowski's coat] Mr. Stokowski! Mr. Stokowski!
[Mickey whistles to get Stokowski's attention]
Mickey Mouse: Just wanna offer my congratulations, sir!
Himself - Conductor: [shaking hands with Mickey] Congratulations to you, Mickey!
Mickey Mouse: Aww, gee, thanks! Hehe! Well, I gotta run now! So long!
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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 »

Connections

References Princess Mononoke (1997) 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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Fantastic!
3 June 2003 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews



Sixty years after the release of Disney's technicolor classic, Fantasia, comes Fantasia 2000, a brand new animation classic for a whole new generation.

Donald W. Ernst brings to the silver screen a sequel of sorts to the Nineteen-forty animation masterpiece, Fantasia. This time around there is a whole new variety of musical sequences, with a a vast array of new characters, including The Steadfast Soldier and the colossal Firebird, as well as the return of everyone's favorite mouse, Mickey, in his unforgettable role as the bumbling Sorcerer's Apprentice. All sequences are accompanied by a beautiful score, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by musical genius James Levine. So for an unforgettable visual and musical journey, that will appeal to generations new and old, Disney invites you to visit Fantasia 2000.

Fantasia 2000's segments are presented by Disney animated favorites such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Featured in the presentations is a star-studded live action cast, including Steve Martin, James Earl Jones of Disney's Academy award winning The Lion King, Bette Middler, and the extremely talented Angela Lansbury, who supplied the voice for Mrs.Potts in Disney's hugely popular feature Beauty and the Beast. The list goes on with the impressive names that show up in this film, but again the spotlight is really on the film's animated stars.

Fantasia 2000 is certainly a commendable and worthwhile sequel but by no means is it near as impressive as its predecessor. The animation for the film is really something to behold, especially in the film's book-ending sequences Symphony #5, in which a group of stunning whales travel through a beautiful icy ocean, and Firebird, in which the title character spreads a wave of fire throughout the land destroying anything it touches. It also utilizes a unique blend of old and new style animation throughout, but its just seemed to lack the ingenuity and amazement of the first. I realize that in the film they brought back the Sorcerer's Apprentice for fans of the first, but I saw it as nothing more a lack of originality and a time-filler in a film that really could have used a bit more length, especially for the Pomp and Circumstance sequence. My apologies to those who may take offense, but if I wanted to watch Mickey mess up the Sorcerer's palace again I would just go out and rent the original. Yet I must admit the musical pieces donated by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are spectacular, and do help to elevate this film a few notches.

All in all, Fantasia 2000 is a good film, especially so I'm sure for those who caught a viewing of its Eyemax theatrical release. As I have before mentioned it is not as intelligent and original as the first film, and while it should be pointed out that sixty years later it is much harder to be original, I still find Disney could have displayed a bit more creativity and imagination with this effort, but they certainly could have done worse. Now if your family is only capable of traveling to a different world for an hour and half then I would suggest a visit to Fantasia yet if you have an additional hour and a half then venture onward to Fantasia 2000.

Overall Rating: 7 out of 10


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