Fantasia 2000 (1999) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|This is the extension of the famed Disney
"Fantasia" concept. Although the original has
been widely praised. I've always found that to be based
on a few brilliant moments surrounded by purple patches.
The same is true of this one
I recommend that you watch the following with the kids: Mickey, Donald, and the terrific "Steadfast Tin Soldier". If you want to see the whole thing, it is meant to be viewed in IMAX, and that's where you should go.
off with Beethovens Fifth Symphony acting as the backdrop
for some abstract dancing shapes and colors. Sappy.
Second segment: some whales frolicking to the tune of "Pines of Rome". Not so bad. I'll bet it was great on the big screen, but the drama is lost on a TV screen.
three-o: Rhapsody in Blue combined with Al Hirschfeld's
artwork. (He's the most famous caricaturist of New York
life, and his drawings always hang in Sardi's or appear
on the cover of old New Yorker magazines). A brilliant
concept that I was anticipating eagerly, but no cigar in
Fourth piece: Shostakovich Piano Concerto #2 matched to Andersen's story "The Steadfast Tin Soldier". This segment is fantastic, a classic in the traditional Disney style. In fact, it looks like it was drawn in the thirties, and I mean that as a compliment. The animation matches the music beautifully, and there is a clear storyline to follow.
Fifth piece: : Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals". This is just filler - about a minute long with some flamingos.
Sixth piece: Mickey Mouse in Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". I believe you are all familiar with this one, which is not changed from the original "Fantasia"
|Seventh piece: a little
humor and a little sentiment. The somber story of Noah's
Ark, the solemn "Pomp and Circumstance", and
the not at all solemn Donald and Daisy as the two ducks,
each of whom thought that the other perished in the
flood. Donald also works as Noah's light hearted
assistant Very much in the same spirit as the famous one
with Mickey. You might call it "Noah's
The final segment is based on Stravinsky's "Firebird". I don't have a clue what it was about, but it was pretty darned cool. Some kind of a life spirit rises from the sea and floats about the land breathing life into it. Spectacular animation, but perhaps more abstract than your children would want.
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