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Fantasia 2000

Fantasia 2000 (1999)

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82

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 67 | Rotten: 15

It provides an entertaining experience for adults and children alike.

64

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 8

It provides an entertaining experience for adults and children alike.

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75

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 61,603

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Initially released to IMAX theaters at the crescendo of millennial fever and 60 years after the original Fantasia, Fantasia 2000 was meant to revitalize Walt Disney's goal of a constantly evolving film, with new segments replacing old ones with each re-release. Only The Sorcerer's Apprentice remains, with seven new shorts. Angular, abstracted butterfly-like shapes fly through the air in Beethoven's Symphony No. 5; computer-animated whales take flight in Respighi's Pines of Rome; Al Hirschfeld's

Nov 14, 2000

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The rest of these animated sequences depend on gimmickry, cuteness, or facile ideology.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It provides some fine artists the chance to stretch and frolic, even as it reminds today's audiences of animation's limitless borders.

September 7, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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This must be the most belated sequel the movies have produced.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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As with the original Fantasia, the new film is a mixture of artistically respectable and mediocre moments, which for overall ambition and range, has no parallel in the world of contemporary animation.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It's not that the images aren't pretty, or that great care hasn't gone into them -- it's that the sensibility behind them is so icky, limited in its conception of beauty to picture postcards and the sort of paintings you see in chain hotels.

August 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Whatever its flaws -- from kitschy cupids to racist centaurs -- at least the first Fantasia had a human touch. The sequel seems cold and mechanical by comparison.

March 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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balance in animation styles

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Overall, though, I didn't find it particularly satisfying

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Although magnificent and filled with imagination, Fantasia 2000 doesn't hold up as being particularly ground-breaking or innovative.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Delightful, but may scare more sensitive kids.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A worthy successor to the original concept, allowing the next generation of animation talent to cut loose. [Blu-ray]

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A lightweight affair... Despite some momentary flashes of brilliance, this is no successor to the great Fantasia.

December 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Fantasia/2000 will no doubt become a Disney perennial, but that does not by definition make it a classic.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Like its predecessor, Fantasia 2000 offers a plotless string of beautifully animated vignettes set to music; unlike its predecessor, it's a good deal shorter and far less tedious for it.

September 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

This new installment perhaps aims slightly lower than the original.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

This new Fantasia corrects some of the flaws of the old movie, but generates some new flaws of its own.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The IMAX presentation of this millennial sequel is a welcome addition to the family, though it seems to lack the heart of the original.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A roller-coaster ride of energy, utilizing incredible animated imagery, elegant classical music and state-of-the-art technology.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

My only complaint is that it was over too soon.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

It is a reminder that, after all these years, memories of the first Fantasia can still conjure magic in the mind.

December 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

This stuffy sequel features seven new 'movements' and 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' the buzz clip from the 1940 original.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

In Fantasia 2000 a simple spell is rediscovered: elegant storytelling, masterful animation and timeless music make movie magic.

June 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Big Movie Zone
Big Movie Zone

Big mistake.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Fantasia 2000

My high school band had intimate relationships with several of the songs in this second incarnation of Disney's art and music fantasy. The slow yet strident "Pines of Rome" ended many an unconventional marching band show; the ubiquitous "Rhapsody in Blue" featured our prodigies in clarinet and piano; the bombastic and rhythm-mad "Firebird Suite" capped off my senior year concert; and "Pomp and Circumstance" (more widely known as "The Graduation Song") was played in its entirety by the junior band during commencement ceremonies.

"Fantasia 2000" is indeed a full movie-going experience with beautifully animated vignettes, classic but recognizable music, and entertaining if cheap celebrity appearances (instead of the plodding prologue of its predecessor). Watching it again recently though did provoke some criticism in me: the combination of sound and visual is sometimes too on-the-nose. The story is too clear; each audio beat is visually punctuated. There is very little room for abstract interpretation.
May 20, 2013
aliceinpunderland

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Not as good as the original FANTASIA phenomenon.
July 22, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

I loved Fantasia but when I saw Fantasia 2000 on IMAX. Oh my gosh! What a great job. My favorites are The firebird suite, Rhapsody in Blue and Pines of Rome. Outstanding animation in all the three. Disney will never stop amazing you.
July 8, 2011
sergioogarcia
Sergio Garcia

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