Thursday, 21 July 2011

Fantasia 2000 Review

Fantasia 2000

Release Date: 1st June 2000 – Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 74 minutes

Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $90,874,570

Plot Summary
In this fun-filled movie,
breathtaking images are
coupled with classical
music favorites. From
Beethoven to Gershwin --
from flamingos bobbing
yo-yos to a city in bluesy
motion -- vivid animation
brings the music of the
masters to colorful life.

Leopold Stokowski – Himself – Conductor (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) (archive footage)
Deems Taylor – Host – Introduction (archive footage)
Steve Martin – Himself – Introductory Host
Itzhack Perlman – Himself – Host (Pines of Rome)
Quincy Jones – Himself – Host (Rhapsody in Blue)
Bette Midler – Herself – Hostess (Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102)
James Earl Jones – Himself – Host (The Carnival of the Animals)
Penn Jillette & Teller – Himself – Host (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
James Levine – Himself – Host (Pomp and Circumstance), Conductor (Chicago Symphony
Angela Lansbury – Herself – Hostess (The Firebird Suite)
Wayne Allwine – Mickey Mouse (Pomp and Circumstance) (Voice)
Tony Anselmo – Donald Duck (Pomp and Circumstance) (Voice)
Russi Taylor – Daisy Duck (Pomp and Circumstance) (Voice)

Director/Art Director (Symphony No. 5)/Production Designer (Host Segments) – Pixote Hunt
Director (Pines of Rome & Piano Concerto No. 2)/
Supervising Animation Director – Hendel Butoy
Director (Pomp and Circumstance)/Visual Development (Pines of Rome) – Francis Glebas
Director – James Algar (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
Writer/Director – Don Hahn
(Host Sequences)
Story/Director (The Firebird
Suite) – Gaetan & Paul Brizzi
(Rhapsody in Blue & The
Carnival of the Animals) –
Eric Goldberg
Story – Brenda Chapman
Based on Story "The Steadfast
Tin Solider (Piano Concerto
No. 2) – Hans Christian Anderson
Original Concept (The
Carnival of the Animals) –
Joe Grant
Story Development (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) –
Perce Pearce & Carl Fallberg
Writers (Host Sequences) – David Reynolds
& Irene Mecchi
Executive Producer – Roy Edward Disney
Producer – Donald W. Ernst
Co-Producer (Rhapsody in Blue) – Patricia Hicks
Cinematography – Tim Suhrstedt
Artistic Consultant (Rhapsody in Blue) – Al Hirschfeld
Film Editors – Jessica Ambinder-Rojas,
Lois Freeman-Fox, Julia Gray, Craig Paulsen &
Gregory F. Plotts

FANTASIA 2000 manages to bring back most of the intelligence from the original movie (click here), but it still has the animation creativity and classical music. I'm glad that they reused the classic segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and I enjoyed the new ones like Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Pines of Rome, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, The Firebird Suite and Pomp and Circumstance which features Donald and Daisy Duck and is based off Noah's Ark.

FANTASIA 2000 lives up to Walt's original concept and it's a good animation movie to watch, especially for minors and fans of Disney and animated features.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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