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It provides an entertaining experience for adults and children alike.
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The rest of these animated sequences depend on gimmickry, cuteness, or facile ideology.
It provides some fine artists the chance to stretch and frolic, even as it reminds today's audiences of animation's limitless borders.
This must be the most belated sequel the movies have produced.
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.
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.
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.
balance in animation styles
Overall, though, I didn't find it particularly satisfying
Although magnificent and filled with imagination, Fantasia 2000 doesn't hold up as being particularly ground-breaking or innovative.
Delightful, but may scare more sensitive kids.
A worthy successor to the original concept, allowing the next generation of animation talent to cut loose. [Blu-ray]
A lightweight affair... Despite some momentary flashes of brilliance, this is no successor to the great Fantasia.
Pt. 2 to the original, wherein the animators at Disney take popular classical music as a basis for visual storytelling. Like the original, some parts shine while others are simply eye-catching. Now that Pixar has shown the viability of computer animation one wishes for an update to this idea (for the idea IS sound despite being fragmented), perhaps with one story uniting different pieces of music/different parts of the story (my suggestion: La Strada); but that'd be a monumental undertaking. For the time being this'll hold us over okay.
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.
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.
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