Fantasia/2000December 31, 1999
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
Stars: James Levine, Steve Martin, Leopold Stokowski
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
Himself – Conductor (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Pianist (segment "Rhapsody in Blue")
Featured Soprano (segment "Pomp and Circumstance")
Himself – Introductory Host
Himself – Host (segment "Pines of Rome")
Himself – Host (segment "Rhapsody in Blue")
Herself – Hostess (segment "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102")
James Earl Jones
Himself – Host (segment "Carnival of the Animals")
Himself – Host (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
Himself – Host (segment "Pomp and Circumstance"), Conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Herself – Hostess (segment "Firebird Suite – 1919 Version")
Mickey Mouse (segment "Pomp and Circumstance")
Donald Duck (segment "Pomp and Circumstance")
Daisy Duck (segment "Pomp and Circumstance")
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Release Date: 31 December 1999
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $2,239,941
(2 January 2000)
Did You Know?
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.
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.
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.
An Almost Flawless Masterpiece
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.