In this update of Disney's masterpiece film mixture of animation and music, new interpretations of great works of music are presented. It begins with an abstract battle of light and darkness set to the music of Beethoveen's Fifth Symphony. Then we see the adventures of a humpback whale calf and his pod set to "The Pines of Rome." Next is the humorous story of several lives in 1930's New York City, scored with "Rhapsody in Blue." Following is a musical telling of the fairy tale, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" set to Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2. Then a goofy flamingo causes havoc in his flock with his yo-yo to the tune of the finale of "Carnival of the Animals." This is followed by the classic sequence from the original film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Mickey Mouse and followed by "Pomp and Circumstance" starring Donald Duck as a harried assistant to Noah on his Ark. Finally, we see the awesome tale of the life, death, and renewal of a forest in a sequence ...Written by
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The Steadfast Tin Soldier segment has a substantially different ending to the original Hans Christian Andersen tale. The upbeat nature of the music largely dictated this change. See more »
In "Rhapsody in Blue" in the young man's room. The first shot shows the whole room and pans left showing him in bed with the alarm clock upright. The very next close-up shows the clock to be face down. See more »
[plays the piano]
Beautiful, Ralph. Hi. Next, we're gonna take you to the streets of New York City for a piece that's inspired by a couple of my favorite artists. First there's the illustrator, Al Hirschfeld who's been drawing celebrities and Broadway stars for most of the 20th century. And then there's composer/songwriter George Gershwin, who took jazz of the streets, dressed her up, and took her to the concert hall. My friend Ralph Grierson plays piano on this next number, and it all starts ...
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Credits are superimposed over preliminary artwork. See more »
Fantasia 2000 is a treat! The animation and music are splendid--whales in the first segment--cartoons set to Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin in the second(the best)--a Noah's Arc montage with Donald and Daisy Duck --and my second favorite--Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with a wood nymph battling the death force of a volcano.
Definitely 4 stars out of Four..... Highly recommended!
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