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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:
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)
Himself - Introductory Host
Himself - Host (segment "Pines of Rome")
Himself - Host (segment "Rhapsody in Blue")
Himself - Host (segment "Carnival of the Animals")
Himself - Host (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (as Penn)
Himself - Host (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Himself - Host (segment "Pomp and Circumstance"), Conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Angela Lansbury (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 <>

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16 June 2000 (USA)  »

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Fantasia '99  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£49,825 (UK) (31 December 1999)


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

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The Broadway ending sequence of "Rhapsody in Blue" contained so many different colors (over 200) that the CAPS system had trouble rendering it, causing delays in the production of Tarzan (1999). See more »


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 »


Angela Lansbury: Walt Disney described the art of animation as a voyage of discovery, into the realms of color, sound, and motion. The music from Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Firebird" inspires such a voyage. And so we conclude this version of "Fantasia" with a mythical story of life, death, and renewal.
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Firebird Suite - 1919 Version
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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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