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The Fantasia Anthology
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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
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Walt Disney had a series of television releases called "Tricks Of Our Trade" that gave thirty minute detailed break downs of Disney's art traditions that set the standard for animation studios around the world. These videos have become very difficult to track down and all of these short documentaries are on the third disc of this set! The bonus material also has content hosted by John Canemaker who is currently the leading historian on animation and the development of disney studios.
Even if you HATE disney and are simply wanting to learn about animation. This is one of the most valuable resources you can get a hold of.
The 2nd edition ("Fantasia 2000") lives up to the quality of its predecessor. We get whales prancing about to Resphigi's "Pines Of Rome" as well as a literal nature-themed interpretation of Stravinsky's "Firebird" suite. Both DVDs have the classic "Sorcerer's Apprentice," starring Mickey Mouse. Arguably, this is the most infamous and recognizable animated feature in Disney history.
This DVD collection is highly recommended for all people, all age groups & all cultures. Simply said, "Fantasia" has something for everyone.