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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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Certificate:

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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | IMAX 6-Track

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.43 : 1
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Trivia

The "Pomp and Circumstance" sequence has hidden duck shapes throughout - webfoot-shaped puddles, the Ark's squat hull, etc. - to better fit Donald Duck into the picture. See more »

Goofs

In "Rhapsody in Blue", a sign inside Monica's cafe reads "2 EGGS ANY STYLE 25c". A sign outside the cafe reads "2 EGGS 10c". 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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Alternate Versions

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Connections

Referenced in The Sweatbox (2002) 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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Amazing - a must-see for anyone who likes music!
9 October 2002 | by glibchickSee all my reviews

I have always been partial to Disney, no matter what rotten stories I've come across in various magazines and books. The genius of the man has left its mark on the world of animation. Fantasia, in particular, has fascinated me for years. The idea of interpreting music through animation - it is so beautiful.

I haven't been lucky enough to watch the original Fantasia...though I certainly intend to someday. But, I did watch Fantasia 2000. It's so wonderful - every single second of it! So many themes and story plots woven between the works of renowned composers! And, the drawing styles vary too - from the classic Disney sketches in The Firebird and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, to the scatty scribbles in Rhapsody in Blue, and the abstract butterfly shapes in Beethoven's Symphony No.5 in C Minor. The pictures capture the dynamism and feel of the music...it's such a beautiful translation of the piece.

I would highly recommend this film to anyone who is wondering whether to watch it. Put your prejudices and so on aside. Just sit back, and open your mind to the visual interpretations of these lovely compositions. It's hard to choose a favourite, but I really like Rhapsody in Blue. In fact, I can't think of the music, without seeing the images in my minds' eye.

Don't miss this, if you can help it.


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