Friday, January 7, 2011

Walt Disney Animation Studios Part 38: Fantasia 2000

Series Intro: This is Part 38 of a multi-part retrospective of Walt Disney Animation Studios' endeavors.

Official Title: Fantasia 2000
Release: December 17, 1999
Running Time:75 minutes
Estimated Cost: $80 million
Estimated Revenue: $90.85million
Overall Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Plot Summary:
Sigh, I HATE the packaged films… here are the pieces that are presented

* Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor-I. Allegro con brio
* Ottorino Respighi's Pines of Rome
* George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
* Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major-I. Allegro
* Camille Saint-Saƫns's The Carnival of the Animals, Finale
* Paul Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice
* Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance - Marches 1, 2, 3 and 4
* Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite - 1919 Version

Plot Rating: 1 stars out of 5

What made this movie much better than the original are the celebrity hosts. These were more impressive than the silhouetted conductor. The only segment worth its time was the Firebird sweet.

Animation Rating: 1 out of 5

Poorly CGed flying whales in a mediocre background. I was not impressed with the animation. It just doesn’t hold well with the movies before it.

The Test of Time:

When I watched this with my friend, I announced that this would probably be the last VHS movie I ever watch! That was before it was released on Blu-Ray. With it’s current release, I wonder how well it is doing.

It performed poorly for a movie riding the tales of the Disney renaissance, just barely breaking even.

Through the Modern Lens

Celebrities of the time haven’t really held up. I have difficulty identifying some of them today, and this movie is barely 10 years old.

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