Fantasia/2000

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Plot

An update of the original film with new interpretations of great works of classical music.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 7.2/10 (14,383 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Director:
James Algar

Stars: James Levine, Steve Martin, Leopold Stokowski

Storyline
In this update of Disney's masterpiece film mixture of animation and music, new interpretations of great works of music are presented. It begins with an abstract battle of light and darkness set to the music of Beethoveen's Fifth Symphony. Then we see the adventures of a Humpback Whale calf and his pod set to "The Pines of Rome." Next is the humourous story of several lives in 1930's New York City, scored with "Rhapsody in Blue." Following is a musical telling of the fairy tale, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" set to Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2. Then a goofy Flamingo causes havoc in his flock with his yo-yo to the tune of the finale of "Carnival of the Animals." This is followed by the classic sequence from the original film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Mickey Mouse and followed by "Pomp and Circumstance" starring Donald Duck as a harried assistant to Noah on his Ark…

Writers: Eric Goldberg, Hans Christian Andersen

Cast:

Leopold Stokowski

Himself – Conductor (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")

(archive footage)


Ralph Grierson

Pianist (segment "Rhapsody in Blue")


Kathleen Battle

Featured Soprano (segment "Pomp and Circumstance")

(voice)


Steve Martin

Himself – Introductory Host


Itzhak Perlman

Himself – Host (segment "Pines of Rome")


Quincy Jones

Himself – Host (segment "Rhapsody in Blue")


Bette Midler

Herself – Hostess (segment "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102")


James Earl Jones

Himself – Host (segment "Carnival of the Animals")


Penn Jillette

Himself

(as Penn)


Teller

Himself – Host (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")


James Levine

Himself – Host (segment "Pomp and Circumstance"), Conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)


Angela Lansbury

Herself – Hostess (segment "Firebird Suite – 1919 Version")


Wayne Allwine

Mickey Mouse (segment "Pomp and Circumstance")

(voice)


Tony Anselmo

Donald Duck (segment "Pomp and Circumstance")

(voice)


Russi Taylor

Daisy Duck (segment "Pomp and Circumstance")

(voice)



Details

Official Website:
fantasia2000.com (Disney Pictures) |

Release Date: 31 December 1999



Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,239,941
(USA)
(2 January 2000)
(54 Screens)

Gross: $90,874,570
(Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:

USA:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

When (Bette Midler) was introducing The Steadfast Tin Soldier by talking about ideas that were originally going to be in the original
Fantasia she mentions Flight Of The Bumble Bee. It was used in
Melody Time under the title Bumble Boogie.

Goofs:

Continuity:
In "Rhapsody in Blue" in the young man's room. The first shot shows the whole room and pans left showing him in bed with the alarm clock upright. The very next close-up shows the clock to be face down.

Quotes:

Angela Lansbury:
Walt Disney described the art of animation as a voyage of discovery, into the realms of color, sound, and motion. The music from Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Firebird" inspires such a voyage. And so we conclude this version of "Fantasia" with a mythical story of life, death, and renewal.



User Review

An Almost Flawless Masterpiece

Rating: 9/10

Although I was aware of the original plan to renew the Fantasia concept
every so often, and that it was visualised as an ongoing project, I felt
that going back after 60 years was too much, and that the original classic
should be left alone. However, my initial scepticism was dispelled within
seconds of the opening sequence. What we have here is a lush, vibrant fusion
of animation and music, each fully complimenting the other to perfection.
It's hard to pick a favorite sequence, but if really pressed, for personal
taste alone, it would be the awesome sequence with the whales. Mickey's
Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence is the only carry over from the original, and
a worthy match for it in the 2000 lineup is the Donald "Noah".

The only criticism I have of the film is the bridging sequences, featuring
Steve Martin, Penn & Teller, Bette Midler and others. I would have preferred
that they stuck to one presenter, preferably James Earl Jones or Angela
Landsbury. They seemed to take the material and the project far more
seriously than Martin and Penn & Teller who's humor detracted from the
dignity of the movie as a whole.