Fantasia 2000 (2000)

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Critic Consensus: It provides an entertaining experience for adults and children alike.

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"Fantasia/2000" brings to fruition Walt Disney's dream of creating a "concert film" with a perpetually changing repertoire. Sixty years after the release of Disney's classic 1940 experiment in sight and sound, a new generation of Disney animators and filmmakers offer an exciting showcase for today's audiences as they visually interpret classical compositions by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Respighi, Gershwin, Dukas, Saint-Saens, Elgar, and Stravinsky. This animated extravaganza features seven new selections and one returning favorite from the original classic. World renowned conductor James Levine takes up the baton and leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Like its pioneering predecessor, "Fantasia/2000" embraces all the latest technological tools and innovations to tell its stories and create breathtaking imagery.

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Critic Reviews for Fantasia 2000

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (22)

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

Nov 16, 2009 | Full Review…

It provides some fine artists the chance to stretch and frolic, even as it reminds today's audiences of animation's limitless borders.

Sep 7, 2008 | Full Review…

This must be the most belated sequel the movies have produced.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

Mar 22, 2002

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.

Aug 8, 2001 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 21, 2001 | Rating: C

Audience Reviews for Fantasia 2000

½

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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½

Beautiful film

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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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.

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia

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