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Film Review - Fantasia 2000
Okay, time for Disney to blow the doors off this year's prize for animation.
Fantasia 2000 is, at long last, the fulfillment of Walt Disney's dream that his Fantasia would be a continual work. The trouble with the original Fantasia, was the audience wasn't ready for it, and thus it's expectations were not set right, and thus, they hated it. At first. The original Fantasia like Fantasia 2000 is very pure cinema. Each piece is a short film set to classical, and one piece to jazz, music. The visual concept is draw from the music.
Leave The Kids at Home!
The biggest mistake people do with one of these films is take their small children with them. Kids hate these films. This is not kid stuff. Don't bring them! Fantasia 2000 is abstract cinema. The first piece at times has no recognizable shapes. The imagery is completely disjointed from the real world. What does it mean? Probably something different for each viewer. But kids are bored by this.
Some pieces do tell a story. The Rhapsody in Blue is a marvelous segment showing New Yorkers living their real lives versus their fantasy lives.
What's new in this Fantasia are the host segments. First with Steve Martin, and later with other well know performers. They give us small hints into how the musical pieces were selected. In this age where the audience knows so much about the production process, this actually works very nicely.
The bottom line is if you liked the original Fantasia you will like this one. On the other hand, if you never liked the original, you're not going to like this either. As I said, this is the fulfillment of Walt Disney's dream. This is a sure bet for this year's Oscar® for best animated feature.
Released in 1999
MPAA Rating: G
Reviewed by Mongo