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Fantasia 2000
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"Fantastic Moments"
3 stars

The “Rhapsody in Blue” sequence of Fantasia 2000 is so good, it brought tears to my eyes. Set in 1930s New York, the animation style pays tribute to caricaturist Al Hirschfield. It’s animation with a story, people as well as cute animals, and it provokes more response than a chuckle, or an “isn’t that sweet?”

I preferred Fantasia 2000 to the 1940 original. Although it has a similar structure, and the sequences cover similar themes, the animated pieces set to classical music are shorter, and - thanks mainly to “Rhapsody in Blue” - a little more varied. Other
highlights include Donald Duck’s paean to love on Noah’s Ark, accompanied by Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance”, and the yo-yo flamingoes, set to Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” (music highly suited to Disney animation). Less successful are an overlong sequence of whales flying through space (to Respighi’s “Pines of Rome”) and some gratuitous linking material (from the likes of Steve Martin, Bette Midler and Angela Lansbury). “The Sorceror’s Apprentice” (featuring Mickey Mouse) from the original Fantasia is included, but it would have been nice if they’d
taken the time to clean up the print a little.

The biggest disappointment is that Fantasia 2000 screens first in Australia in regular cinemas - where is the IMAX print?

P.S. After six months, Fantasia 2000 finally arrived in Sydney’s IMAX theatre. It was worth the wait - most of the sequences improve with the enormous screen and booming soundtrack (the opening abstract Beethoven piece is marvellous). Only “Rhapsody in Blue” suffers; it’s easier to absorb all the story elements on the smaller, flatter screen.

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User Comments

10/31/08 Shaun Wallner Fell asleep to this one. 1 stars
7/20/06 David Cohen Bette Middler? Penn and Teller? It's about the music people, not showing off stars! 3 stars
4/03/06 JRE the first half hour it's entertaining. then it's annoying 3 stars
12/07/05 Quigley one of the most visually stunning and arresting movies ever made. music is also spetacular 5 stars
5/15/04 Sean Scanlan As wonderful as the original 5 stars
9/25/03 jimmy d jesus fucking christ! 5 stars
12/24/01 Duckie Porsthough Beautiful, majestic, the best in traditional animation and great music 5 stars
12/21/01 Brian Jacobson 60 years advanced, but only a quarter of the original effort 3 stars
10/02/01 Andrew Carden It's A Rip-Off, Some Good and Bad Scenes. 4 stars
8/08/01 Brian Jacobson nowhere near the quality of the first one, but O.K. 3 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Steve Martin makes this awesome movie even more awesome. 5 stars
5/26/01 Destruction Worker This film IS my drug! 5 stars
5/05/01 Gracy Lionheart The tin soldier and the ballerina died in the fairy tale. Not as good as original. 3 stars
2/27/01 Sharalyn Dowell It was good, not as good as the origional, but the flying whale thing? What's up with that? 4 stars
2/18/01 Viking See this at an IMAX theatre !!!! 5 stars
11/14/00 The EVIL Penguin Too short; lazy animation; I still think it's crappy; zzzzzzzzzz. 1 stars
11/13/00 The EVIL Penguin Watch the 1940's version instead of this crappy remake 1 stars
6/18/00 cinesuerte too short 3 stars
6/07/00 Ian Pemberton Great animation and music, but some of the presenters should be shot !!! 4 stars
4/25/00 Captain Highcrime Looks really good, but if you don't like classical music, you're screwed. 4 stars
1/15/00 Kevin Cho First one was better - but this is still incredible, brilliant, a MUST SEE even for adults. 5 stars
1/10/00 Will just beautiful, but make sure not to sit beside a hyperactive bastard child 5 stars
1/10/00 swonkdog totally awesome, some slow parts but overall, extremely cool 5 stars
12/19/99 himark-2 I was quite impressed. 4 stars
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