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The Fantasia Anthology (3-Disc Collector's Edition)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Sadly, the second iteration of Fantasia (Fantasia 2000) was produced while Eisner was head of Disney. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Omnireader
Both the Fantasia (60th Anniversary Edition) and Fantasia 2000 DVDs are lovely. I like the content of the Fantasia Legacy DVD is wonderful (I particularly enjoyed the short for... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Renee Johnson
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