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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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Eric Goldberg (story), Hans Christian Andersen (story "The Steadfast Tin Soldier") | 10 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Steve Martin ... Himself - Introductory Host
Itzhak Perlman ... Himself - Host (segment "Pines of Rome")
Quincy Jones ... Himself - Host (segment "Rhapsody in Blue")
Bette Midler ... Herself - Hostess (segment "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102")
James Earl Jones ... Himself - Host (segment "Carnival of the Animals")
Penn Jillette ... Himself - Host (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") (as Penn)
Teller ... Himself - Host (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
James Levine James Levine ... Himself - Host (segment "Pomp and Circumstance"), Conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Angela Lansbury ... Herself - Hostess (segment "Firebird Suite - 1919 Version")
Wayne Allwine ... Mickey Mouse (segment "Pomp and Circumstance") (voice)
Tony Anselmo ... Donald Duck (segment "Pomp and Circumstance") (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Daisy Duck (segment "Pomp and Circumstance") (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael George Michael George ... Musician
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Storyline

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 humorous 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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G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantasia '99 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,239,941, 2 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,655,420

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,874,570
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | IMAX 6-Track

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.43 : 1
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Trivia

A third film in the Fantasia series, called Fantasia 2006, was in the works however partway through Disney eventually realized this was impractical and released the shorts intended for it individually without the "fantasia" branding. 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

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...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Credits are superimposed over preliminary artwork. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Rat Scene from Piano Concerto No.2 See more »

Connections

Edited from Fantasia (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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An Almost Flawless Masterpiece
1 September 2001 | by Robin-58See all my reviews

Although I was aware of the original plan to renew the Fantasia concept every so often, and that it was visualised as an ongoing project, I felt that going back after 60 years was too much, and that the original classic should be left alone. However, my initial scepticism was dispelled within seconds of the opening sequence. What we have here is a lush, vibrant fusion of animation and music, each fully complimenting the other to perfection. It's hard to pick a favorite sequence, but if really pressed, for personal taste alone, it would be the awesome sequence with the whales. Mickey's Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence is the only carry over from the original, and a worthy match for it in the 2000 lineup is the Donald "Noah".

The only criticism I have of the film is the bridging sequences, featuring Steve Martin, Penn & Teller, Bette Midler and others. I would have preferred that they stuck to one presenter, preferably James Earl Jones or Angela Landsbury. They seemed to take the material and the project far more seriously than Martin and Penn & Teller who's humor detracted from the dignity of the movie as a whole.


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