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Fantasia 2000


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Disney's sequel to the ever popular "Fantastia" - "Fantasia 2000", dvd edition with bonus features.

More ambitious in scope than any of its other animated films (before or to come), Disney's 1940 Fantasia was a dizzying, magical, and highly enjoyable marriage of classical music and animated images. Fantasia 2000 features some breathtaking animation and storytelling, and in a few spots soars to wonderful high points, but it still more often than not has the feel of walking in its predecessor's footsteps as opposed to creating its own path. A family of whales swimming and soaring to Respighi's The Pines of Rome is magical to watch, but ends all too soon; a forest sprite's dance of life, death, and rebirth to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring too clearly echoes the original Fantasia's Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria sequence. But when it's on target, Fantasia 2000 is glorious enough to make you giddy. Hans Christian Andersen's "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" is a perfect narrative set to Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Donald Duck's guest appearance as the assistant to Noah (of ark fame) set to Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance marches is a welcome companion piece (though not an equal) to The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the one original Fantasia piece included here. The high point of Fantasia 2000, though, is a fantastic day-in-the-life sequence of 1930s New York City set to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and animated in the style of cartoonist Al Hirschfeld; it's a perfect melding of music, story, and animation. Let's hope future Fantasias (reportedly in the works) take a cue from the best of this compilation. The music is provided by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Levine, interspersed with negligible intros by Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Itzhak Perlman, James Earl Jones, and others. --Mark Englehart

Special features

  • A digital-to-digital transfer
  • A commentary by Roy E. Disney (executive producer), maestro James Levine and Don Ernst (producer)
  • A commentary by the directors and art directors for each film segment
  • "The Making of 'Fantasia 2000'" featurette
  • Disney's 1953 Academy Award-winning animated short, "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom," which provides a humorous look at the history of music
  • The animated short "Melody"
  • A commemorative booklet, highlighting the art, music and filmmaking technology brought together for the film
  • A showcase sampler, offering highlights from each segment of the film
  • The original theatrical trailer

Product details

  • Actors: James Levine, Steve Martin, The Mellomen, Loulie Jean Norman, Charlie Parlato
  • Directors: Charles A. Nichols, Don Hahn, Eric Goldberg, Francis Glebas, Gaëtan Brizzi
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2000
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 261 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00003CWPX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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