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The Fantasia Anthology (3-Disc Collector's Edition)

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Along with Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, the anthology set contains a third disc that examines a segment of both movies in detail. Each segment has an introduction that has experts (including Leonard Maltin), producer Roy E. Disney, or the

Along with Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, the anthology set contains a third disc that examines a segment of both movies in detail. Each segment has an introduction that has experts (including Leonard Maltin), producer Roy E. Disney, or the animators setting up the piece's history. Notes on the music and dozens of design photos are included on all the segments, although others offer more intriguing features. Abandoned animation is shown on many segments, as are a few behind-the-scenes shorts; the most intriguing are experts from Walt Disney's hosted documentaries on how his company made movies. As for the photos, they are awkwardly catalogued and only the most patient of viewers would want to look at all of them. In some segments, though, these images are entertainingly produced as a "story reel," presenting these images--rough animation, sketches, pastel paintings--with the musical accompaniment. For those looking for a more well-rounded view of the films, the two one-hour documentaries on each film's disc lay the groundwork, but none of the anthology looks at how the first film was seen through the years or gives time to anyone who wasn't gung-ho about every element of the films. There is hardly a mention of embarrassing stereotypes that were matted (and still are) out of the "Pastoral" segment, or the intriguing aspect of the film as a '60s icon for the ultimate head-trip. Disney does let their guard down to show sequences that were being readied in 1940 for future editions (including a recently restored short scored to "Clair de Lune"). Most tantalizing is a look at how the special effects were done in the original film. The guide is a scrapbook that one of the technicians kept and was discovered only in 1990. Fans can only hope a reproduction will be made available someday. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • Disc One: Fantasia
  • Restored and Remastered
  • Rare Archival Interviews with Walt Disney - spanning 3 Decades
  • "The Making of Fantasia"  Featurette
  • Disc Two: Fantasia 2000
  • Digital-To-Digital Transfer
  • Audio Commentaries by Roy E. Disney, Conductor James Levine and Producer Don Ernst
  • Audio Commentaries by Segment Directors and Art Directors
  • Academy Award-Winning  Animated Short, 'Toot, Whistle,  Plunk, and Boom'
  • Animated Short 'Melody'
  • Showcase Program - Specially Programmed DVD Offering  Highlights From Each Segment
  • 'The Making Of Fantasia 2000' Featurette
  • Special Commemorative Booklet On The Art, Music, and  Filmmaking Technology of  Fantasia 2000
  • Disc 3: Fantasia Legacy
  • Fantasia Supplemental
  • In-Depth Exploration Of  Segments, Including  Storyboards, Concept Art And
  • Character Designs
  • Special Effects Of Fantasia
  • Still Frame Galleries: The Art of  Fantasia
  • Publicity Material  (Trailers/Posters)
  • Pencil Tests of Unused  Animation
  • Exclusive Walt Disney Segments  on Tricks of the Trade, The  Plausible Impossible and The  Story of the Animated Drawing
  • Biographies of the Filmmakers
  • Historical Context of Each Musical Piece
  • 'The Fantasia That Never Was' Reconstructed Full Animation And Story Reels (With Music) of  Abandoned Ideas for: 'Claire de Lune,' 'The Ride of the Valkyries,' 'The Swan of Tuonela,' 'Adventures in a Perambulator,' and 'Invitation to The Waltz'
  • Still Frame Art - 'The Flight of  the Bumble Bee', 'Mosquito,' and 'Baby Ballet'
  • Clair de Lune Animated Segment
  • Behind The Scenes Look at  Each Segment
  • Includes  Interviews With the Filmmakers,  CGI, Animation Tests
  • Storyboards, Concept Art, and  Character Designs
  • Production Progression  Demonstrations
  • Deleted Animation
  • Alternate Versions
  • Abandoned Concepts

Product Details

  • Actors: Leopold Stokowski, James Levine, Steve Martin, The Mellomen, Loulie Jean Norman
  • Directors: Ben Sharpsteen, Bill Roberts, Charles A. Nichols, Don Hahn, Eric Goldberg
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y7S5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fantasia Anthology (3-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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Walt Disney's 1942 FANTASIA was a groundbreaking film and remains a landmark to this day, a brilliant series of animated sequences set to notable concert music conducted by Leopold Stokowski of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The three disk FANTASIA ANTHOLOGY, however, is extremely overrated.

The first disk is the original FANTASIA, which Disney describes as restored. This is not strictly true. First and foremost, the restoration of visual elements is sloppy at best, with the film plagued by streaks and blips, and at least one sequence ("Dance of the Hours") appears to be slightly cropped. That aside, portions of the Deems Taylor narration have been completely lost, and these have been rerecorded by Tim Matheson--and Matheson's voice is not a good match for Taylor and the sychronization is poorly done. Lastly, one selection ("Pastoral") has been censored: a brief image, which would be considered racist by today's standards, has been deleted from the sequence.

Even so, it is still FANTASIA, and it overcomes all of these liabilities. The animation, which was created by hand and photographed through a number of laborious processes, shows Disney Studios at the height of its powers. Every one is certain to have their favorites among the selections (mine are "Dance of the Hours" and "Night on Bald Mountain"), but every selection is brilliantly conceived and executed, and although the content varies from sequence to sequence the overall style of the film hangs together in a most remarkable way. FANTASIA was, is, and will no doubt will forever remain a touchstone in animation art.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the second disk, FANTASIA 2000.
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The original 1940 "Fantasia" has to be one of the greatest animated films ever and was made with an unbelievable level of creativity by all participants. The animation in the film is fantastic, whether it it is fairly abstract (as in the Bach Toccata and Fugue) or more representational (as in the "Rite of Spring" segment). My belief is that visually speaking, the original Fantasia is a stunning film, with a level of artistry that has never been equalled. The colors of the early Disney films were wonderfully rich (I am thinking of Pinocchio). In Fantasia, images were drawn in very fine detail and there are lots of very fine colors and effects (e.g., reflections from pools of water) here. The film was years and years ahead of its time and is way ahead of the corner-cutting animation that is too common today. I think Fantasia 2000 is a good film too, but can't quite reach the greatness of the earlier film.

Although all of the pieces are set to classical music, they are appealingly presented. The kids will love most of the segments of the film, especially the brilliant "Sorcerer's Apprentice" with Mickey Mouse that are included in both films. These films are great ways to get kids interested in music. The original had Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra at its peak and the sequel has Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine leading the Chicago Symphony.

In terms of the music, Disney and conductor Leopold Stokowski made a multi-track recording that could only be played in very few theaters at the time (I think 40 speakers were needed). It will be very interesting to see how the original film's soundtrack is presented on the DVD. The sound for the sequel was of course excellent and performances were good too.
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First, the movies are masterpieces, and beautifully presented on these DVDs. If you haven't seen Fantasia, it is Walt Disney's magnum opus - a collection of fantasy images set to classical music. The music dictates the action, not the animators. If you have ever caught yourself daydreaming a story while listening to classical music, you can understand the Fantasia concept. The music in both movies is an outstanding selection from the classical world. Disney choose some really amazing pieces, and the pictures they put to the music are some of the most adult things the studio has ever done. If you haven't seen these films and you like classical music, I can hardly find a reason for you not to love these movies.
If you didn't catch Fantasia 2000 at the Imax theater, I do feel sorry for you. A TV can hardly do justice to seeing that movie on such a large screen. You MUST see F2K at hte Imax if you ever get the chance. (I will see it once a year if they let me!) Still, F2K does manage to live up to the Fantasia legacy without imitating or insulting. The themes and stories are just as amazing, although I do feel like Disney reduced much of the cutting edge of the first film to reach a wider audience with the second. The animation styles of the original movie were a collection of avante garde art styles of the time, while F2K is simply the normal style we're used to seeing in a Disney film, only more detailed and lavish. Even the "stream of consciousness" opening piece has been reduced to a character story.
The individual DVDs contain wonderful documentaries with each film, and almost make the 3rd "extras" DVD moot. The 3rd disc contains artwork stills from each segment, plus a very short documentary on each segment.
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Coming on DVD and Blu-Ray in March 2010!!!
This is very exciting and happy news for me! Thank you very much for this notification! I might just buy the movie on both DVD and Blu-ray. I actually own this on VHS as well, but I don't have the 2000 DVD version.
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