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The Fantasia Anthology

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, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton
  • 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:
    General Audience
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004Y7S5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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