Fantasia 2000

1999

Action / Animation / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Music

93
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 30303

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Cast

Steve Martin as Himself - Introductory Host
James Earl Jones as Himself - Host
Angela Lansbury as Angela Lansbury
Bette Midler as Bette Midler
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449.74 MB
1280*720
English
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23.976 fps
1hr 15 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 15 min
P/S 5 / 47

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by betina-18954 7 / 10

Doesn't deserve the title Fantasia, but still fine on it's own.

1. The Symphony No. 5 in C minor. I didn't like the idea of this one, since i felt toccata and fugue in d minor was the only Fantasia segment that needed to be abstract, since it was meant to be an introduction to Fantasia. But i guess it could work again. However although it starts great, i will have to say that it ultimately ruins it, with the whole good and evil butterfly plot, trying to add a story to something that is suppose to be abstract. However it looks great and the beginning is decent, so i guess it works ok. 7/10

2. I will have to say that this is Probably my favorite segment in this movie, and could have easily been a good segment in the original, or the sequel Walt Disney was trying to make. 9/10

3. Rhapsody in Blue. I will admit, this is a pretty new and original take. But i still think it's too realistic and too much like something in the real world to be Fantasia. And while the animation is good and unique, it's not as beautiful, emotional or big as the original animation or even the animation for most of the other segments in this film. This is more like a cartoon you would see in Make Mine Music or Melody Time, it doesn't really fit into Fantasia. For what it is, i would give it a 10/10. But by Fantasia standards, it's probably a 7/10

4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major-I. Allegro. The crew at Disney in the 1940s originally wanted a segment based on The Steadfast Tin Soldier fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, to be in the original Fantasia. I like the idea of this segment, and it could have had great potential. However this is still my least favorite Fantasia segment, both from the original and 2000. I think such a segment should be longer and slower paced, and i think it was much more straight forward than it needed to be. And i didn't really like the animation style they choose. It just looked too much like plastic. They could have definitely done more out of the environment the Tin Soldier goes through, and added much more excitement to this segment, both things like they did in the Rite of Spring or the Nutcracker Suite in the original. You see if you want to make a Fantasia segment out of such a small story, then you have to do your best on the environment, and just add alot more depth. There was definitely potential for great artwork on the sewers or when the soldier falls into the water and was eaten by this fish. And they could also have made the ending like the original to make it much darker and more dramatic. They did this in the Rite of Spring from the original, when the T-Rex killed the Stegosaurus. Showing how life is, and that things in the real world doesn't always have a happy ending. They could have easily done that in this one. But in the end, it was all just too simple for a Fantasia segment. It's a cute cartoon on it's own, and it could have been one of those shorts they show you before a Disney or Pixar movie in the cinema. But overall, this is just too small, too simple, and overall too dull to be in a Fantasia movie. Still i think this segment could have been done much better during the Golden Age of Disney. 5/10

5. The Carnival of the Animals. This one i would say is too small for a Fantasia movie, and feels more like a cartoon than a Fantasia segment. However the artstyle i think is absolutely great. 6/10

6. The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Some people have a problem with this movie replaying a segment from the original movie, instead of making a new original segment. However the thing is that while most people know that Walt Disney always wanted to make Fantasia a movie series. Only some people know that Disney planned with every Fantasia sequel to have one segment from the original be replayed as an 8th segment. So i really don't have a problem with that. 9/10.

7. Pomp and Circumstance. I think having a Fantasia segment starring Donald Duck is a good idea. However i think they choose the wrong story for it. The whole romance between Donald and Daisy seem out of place for a Noah's Ark story. And like everyone says, they should have chosen different music for this one, because when you hear it, your gonna think of graduation. But it's funny and cute, so i guess it works fine. 6/10.

8. The Firebird Suite. This is my second favorite segment in Fantasia 2000. But it's not perfect. While it starts off great, it's a little too short. And the ending with the Elk crying on Mother Nature to get her strong again, isn't the most believable, epic, or even best ending they could come up with. I mean, they could have made a grand battle between the Firebird and Mother Nature!! Don't question my high expectations!!! I mean they're Disney, they can do it. Overall despite it's problems, this one looks great and is a nice ending. 8/10.

Overall i think they could have made the running time longer, and because of that also make the segments longer. So the segments and the movie could be more artistic, have more depth, and be overall more epic. And i'm not going to get into the celebrity appearances, because my opinion is the same as yours. They're pretty hit and miss. Plus this movie definitely feels like it's more made for kids than adults, unlike the original. However despite it's flaws this is still a pretty good movie. And most of the segments, while not as good as those in the original, are still really really good. Overall, i give this movie a 7/10.

Reviewed by ElMaruecan82 7 / 10

This is the "masterpiece" Disney studios prepared while making real masterpieces...

From Uncle Walt's own admittance, "Fantasia" was the kind of one-hit wonder that could only be elaborated, improved but never duplicated, I don't even think it could be improved. It wasn't a kind of something, but one of a kind. There can't be another "Fantasia" as much as there can't be another Mona Lisa or Eiffel Tower. I guess that Walt Disney meant the "concept" of "Fantasia" rather than the finished result. After all, there couldn't make a second "Bambi" but they could make "The Lion King".

So the concept can be duplicated indeed and for as long as animation is here to entertain children and adult, the temptation to combine music and drawings in a harmony of sounds, shapes and colors would be too great not to yield to it. I myself do a lot of editing and I can relate to the satisfaction in combining movements with music, I can relate to the struggle to find the right musical piece to match visual footage or the opposite. "Fantasia" plays in another league of course, but this is the common denominator between the professional wizards and the computer's sorcerer's apprentices, we use music as an imagination tool and animation as a choreography. Any work combining both is a potential "Fantasia" segment.

Inimitable maybe, but inevitable indeed.

But ever since its iconic predecessor, the sequel of "Fantasia" had been delayed for years and years. It was a dream from Walt Disney to make it a series, a franchise but the relative failure at the box-office put an end to this dreams. There would be no "Fantasia" sequel but the Disney Studios still provided between 1941 and 1950, two animated musical based on the same structure: "Melody Time" and "Make my Music". These films were made on the cusp of the first Golden Age and the Renaissance with "Cinderella" and were not lacking charm of their own. "Blame it on the Samba", "The Flight of the Bumblebee", "Casey at the Bat" and "Peter and the Wolf" were among the few shorts that emerged above the overall forgettable quality of these movies, at a time where Disney was looking for a second breath of creativity.

It is said that it was the success of home video release of "Fantasia" in the early 90's that convinced Roy E. Disney to make the sequel, it was the project of the decade, taking years and years within the 90's to collect and reassemble all the vignettes, initially, three clips from "Fantasia" were supposed to be kept but at the end, only "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" made it."Fantasia 2000" tries to capture the same magic of the Creation of the World sequence with a ballet of flying whales, the abstract opening with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is a reminiscent of Toccata E Fogue in D Minor from Johann Sebastian Bach and you can tell the Pink Flamingoes is a cute nod to the ballet of hippos and alligators, and it's the part I enjoyed the most, short, funny and whimsical.

And the film doesn't always keep itself under the first one's shadow, it features an interesting sketchy version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" paying a tribute to veteran caricaturist Harry Hirschfield and a second short involving a beloved Disney figure, a reconstitution of the Noah Ark episode with Donald Duck. But as visually energetic and beautiful as these shorts look, there's something that seems to fall flat ever since it starts, whether it's the knowledge that most of it is computer imagery or because it just takes itself too seriously for its own good. I mean, flying whales or animals entering the ark, wasn't that a bit too pompous? The 'Donald' part was like a rehash on the Lion King's opening and didn't have much to offer. The "Blame it on the Samba" segment in "Melody Music" was a better use of the iconic duck, instead of Edgar's "Pump and Circumstances".

And it is indeed "pompous in the circumstances", while not a disappointment, the film leaves a lot to be desired and doesn't 't succeed in capturing the magic of the first. It is also spoiled by the introductions from various celebrities (Steve Martin, Quincy Jones, Elizabeth Landsbury, Bette Midler) giving it the odd flavor of a TV ceremony rather or one of these "Once Upon a Time" documentaries rather than a legitimate theatrical feature film. The film even misses the opportunity of a great finale and ends in a very anticlimactic and rushed fashion with ending credits popping up right after the end of the last clip. If you're going to play it like a show, the least you can do is to say us goodbye and wishing we've enjoyed it. It must have looked great in these IMAX theaters but the format was kind of cheap given the spectacular entertainment it was supposed to be.

It is very ironic that the sequel of "Fantasia", as intended so, was released, in 1999 at the end of Disney Renaissance with "Tarzan" and before the sorry trend of sequels to previous classics. I still don't know if we should consider "Fantasia 2000" as the worst movie of the Disney Renaissance or the best sequel made in that trend, but it wouldn't make the Top 10, not even Top 20 of the best Disney experiences on screen, it certainly looks great and some parts are magnificent-looking, but overall, the quality is very uneven.

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 10 / 10

The People Who Wrote the Music Weren't Too Bad

I appreciate so much the effort to put these incredible classics into a format that is accessible to us all. The music aside, with its wonderful sound enhanced by modern technology, is enough, but add to that creative modern animation and it's magical. I appreciated the redux of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice. I take issue with those that feel that music should speak for itself and a visual presentation is selling out. Art is often a combination of different vehicles and this works so well. As with the original, there is a bit of hit and miss. I'm so glad they didn't resurrect the same pieces from the original. The concluding piece, Stravinsky's "The Firebird," is amazing. It's time to bring this back to the big screen, so we can experience it in its full magnificence.

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