Alternate Title: Fantasia 2Fantasia 2000 (Fantasia 2) (1999) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film by Dave Koch
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- Walt Disney Studios
- Animated Characters: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Whales, Tin Soldier, Ballerina, Sprite, Flamingos.
- Originally Released in 1999.
- Running Time: 75 minutes.
- Dec 17, 1999- Limited Release (New York, Los Angeles)
- Dec 17, 1999- U.S.A., New York City Premiere
- Dec 21, 1999- United Kingdom, London Premiere
- Dec 22, 1999- France, Paris Premiere
- Dec 27, 1999- Japan, Tokyo Premiere
- Jan 1, 2000- Belgium, IMAX version
- Jan 1, 2000- France, IMAX version
- Jan 1, 2000- Germany, IMAX version
- Jan 1, 2000- Hong Kong
- Jan 1, 2000- Japan, IMAX version
- Jan 1, 2000- Mexico, IMAX version
- Jan 1, 2000- Netherlands, IMAX version
- Jan 1, 2000- Singapore
- Jan 1, 2000- Spain
- Jan 1, 2000- Thailand, IMAX version
- Jan 1, 2000- United Kingdom, IMAX version
- Jan 1, 2000- U.S.A., IMAX version
- May 4, 2000- Norway, Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival
- May 18, 2000- New Zealand
- May 24, 2000- France
- May 26, 2000- United Kingdom
- May 31, 2000- Netherlands
- Jun 1, 2000- Australia
- Jun 2, 2000- Mexico
- Jun 8, 2000- Argentina
- Jun 8, 2000- Israel
- Jun 8, 2000- Peru
- Jun 14, 2000- Venezuela
- Jun 16, 2000- Brazil
- Jun 30, 2000- Sweden
- Jul 6, 2000- Czech Republic
- Jul 7, 2000- Ireland
- Jul 7, 2000- Poland
- Jul 14, 2000- Spain, re-release
- Jul 15, 2000- Japan
- Jul 20, 2000- Germany
- Jul 20, 2000- Switzerland, German speaking region
- Jul 26, 2000- Philippines, Davao
- Jul 27, 2000- Hungary
- Aug 4, 2000- Estonia
- Aug 5, 2000- South Korea
- Aug 8, 2000- Indonesia, Jakarta
- Aug 17, 2000- Malaysia
- Sep 8, 2000- Italy
- Oct 6, 2000- Denmark
- Oct 6, 2000- Finland
- Oct 12, 2000- Iceland, Reykjavik Film Festival
- Oct 13, 2000- Iceland
- Oct 20, 2000- Turkey
- Nov 16, 2000- Slovenia
Cartoon Production Information:
Shown in IMAX in many theaters.
This was the 38th film in the official Disney list of animated films.
Ignore any trepidations you might have about the movie, such as "Is the sequel a rip-off of the original?" After you've been bathed in its imagery for about five minutes, all anxiety will cease.
I hesitate to give an in-depth description of the movie's seven new segments, because I don't want to turn this review into a lengthy summary, and I don't want to give away the movie's many surprises. Suffice to say, there's not a loser in the bunch. The new segments include:
- An impressionistic segment set to the opening of "Beethoven's 5th Symphony," which looks like a kid's cardboard cut-outs come wildly to life.
- A surreal segment of humpback whales taking flight, to the strains of Respighi's "Pines of Rome."
- A New York interpretation of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," done in the style of caricature artist Al Hirschfeld (who is credited as artistic consultant).
- Hans Christian Andersen's story of "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," set to Shostakovich's "Piano Concerto #2."
- Saint-Saens' finale to "Carnival of the Animals" backing a hilarious story of a flock of flamingos and a yo-yo (Don't ask, just watch).
- My personal favorite: Donald Duck serving as assistant to Noah (of ark fame), backed by Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance."
- A Bambi-like take on nature and re-birth, set to Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite."
Ironically, the movie's weakest segment is the only one retained from the original Fantasia: Mickey Mouse's take on "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." It's still fun to watch, but compared to the state-of-the-art animation that bookends it, it looks grainy and dated. It's a pity that the Disney tinkerers couldn't find a way to expand or update the segment for the new movie.
In lieu of Taylor Deems' somewhat stuffy narration in the original movie, each segment here is "hosted" by celebrities including Steve Martin, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones, Penn & Teller, and Angela Lansbury, all of whom are delightful.
In an age where any animation that earns a profit gets shoveled onto a movie screen, the Disney studio with Toy Story 2 and Fantasia 2000 (two sequels, yet) have again demonstrated how truly great animation doesn't need a kid in tow to make it enjoyable for any age group. Grab anyone you can find and take them to Fantasia 2000- it's a knockout.
Review By: Steve Bailey
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