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Fantasia, Walt Disney's animated masterpiece of the 1940s, grew from a short-subject cartoon picturization of the Paul Dukas musical piece "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Mickey Mouse was starred in this eight-minute effort, while the orchestra was under the direction of Leopold Stokowski. Disney and Stokowski eventually decided that the notion of marrying classical music with animation was too good to confine to a mere short subject; thus the notion was expanded into a two-hour feature, incorporating seven musical ...
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Fantasia, Walt Disney's animated masterpiece of the 1940s, grew from a short-subject cartoon picturization of the Paul Dukas musical piece "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Mickey Mouse was starred in this eight-minute effort, while the orchestra was under the direction of Leopold Stokowski. Disney and Stokowski eventually decided that the notion of marrying classical music with animation was too good to confine to a mere short subject; thus the notion was expanded into a two-hour feature, incorporating seven musical selections and a bridging narration by music critic Deems Taylor. The first piece, Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor," was used to underscore a series of abstract images. The next selection, Tschiakovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," is performed by dancing wood-sprites, mushrooms, flowers, goldfish, thistles, milkweeds and frost fairies. The Mickey Mouse version of "Sorcerer's Apprentice" is next, followed by Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," which serves as leitmotif for the story of the creation of the world, replete with dinosaurs and volcanoes. After a brief jam session involving the live-action musicians comes Beethoven's "Pastorale Symphony," enacted against a Greek-mythology tapestry by centaurs, unicorns, cupids and a besotted Bacchus. Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours" is performed by a Corps de Ballet consisting of hippos, ostriches and alligators. The program comes to a conclusion with a fearsome visualization of Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," dominated by the black god Tchernobog referred to in the pencil tests as "Yensid," which is guess-what spelled backwards; this study of the "sacred and profane" segues into a reverent rendition of Schubert's "Ave Maria." Originally, Debussy's "Clair de Lune" was part of the film, but was cut from the final release print; also cut, due to budgetary considerations, was Disney's intention of issuing an annual "update" of Fantasia with new musical highlights and animated sequences. A box-office disappointment upon its first release due partly to Disney's notion of releasing the film in an early stereophonic-sound process which few theatres could accommodate, Fantasia eventually recouped its cost in its many reissues. For one of the return engagements, the film was retitled Fantasia Will Amaze-ya, while the 1963 reissue saw the film "squashed" to conform with the Cinemascope aspect ratio. Other re-releases pruned the picture from 120 to 88 minutes, and in 1983, Disney redistributed the film with newly orchestrated music and Tim Matheson replacing Deems Taylor as narrator. Once and for all, a restored Fantasia was made available to filmgoers in 1990. A sequel, Fantasia 2000, was released in theaters in 1999.
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Special Features

DisneyView; Disney family moment; The Schultheis notebook - newly discovered document reveals movie secrets; Interactive art gallery; Audio commentaries; Destino; Dali & Disney: a date with destino documentary; Disney's virtual vault; Musicana; Disney family museum; Musicana - Walt's inspiration for a sequel to Fantasia
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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Never before has there been a 60-year gap between a film and its sequel. But the visionary late Walt Disney's dream has finally been realized in the creation of this new version of his original grand experiment: an ambitious setting of classical music to animation. Originally presented in the IMAX format, Fantasia 2000 loses little in its transfer to the smaller screen. Highlights include a stunning computer-animated sequence inspired by Respighi's Pines of Rome in which humpback whales take flight in an arctic fantasy land; Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, realized in the style of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld; and a very silly symphony (Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals) in which a flamingo wreaks havoc with his new yo-yo. By popular demand, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, arguably Mickey Mouse's finest hour, is reprised. And Donald Duck gets his own Fantasia showcase in a sequence scored to Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance, in which Donald signs on as an animal wrangler on Noah's Ark. The original Fantasia is a hard act to follow, but with its diverse animation styles, kid-friendly stories, and the participation of a stellar roster of hosts that includes Steve Martin, Bette Midler, and Penn & Teller, Fantasia 2000 is perhaps even more accessible to younger viewers than its distinguished predecessor. Fantasia 2000 also appears alongside the original Fantasia, and a DVD about the making of both with never-before-seen footage in Disney's breathtaking three-DVD Fantasia Anthology.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2010
  • UPC: 786936807097
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: A
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fantasia
1. Opening/Narrator's Introduction [:00]
2. "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" (Johann Sebastian Bach) [:00]
3. Narrator's Introduction [:00]
4. "The Nutcracker Suite" (Pyatr Illyich Tchaikovsky) [:02]
5. Narrator's Introduction [:00]
6. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (Paul Dukas) [:00]
7. Narrator's Introduction [3:58]
8. "The Rite of Spring" (Igor Stravinsky) [3:21]
9. Intermission [9:40]
10. Meet the Sound Track [9:45]
11. Narrator's Introduction [17:35]
12. "The Pastoral Symphony" (Ludwig Van Beethoven) [1:40]
13. Narrator's Introduction [14:26]
14. "Dance of the Hours" (Amilcare Ponchielli) [7:57]
15. Narrator's Introduction [4:40]
16. "Night on Bald Mountain" (Modeste Moussargsky) [12:18]
17. "Ave Maria" (Franz Schubert) [17:35]
Disc #2 -- Fantasia 2000
1. Opening/Main Title [:00]
2. "Symphony No. 5" (Ludwig Van Beethoven) [:00]
3. Introduction (Steve Martin and Itzhak Perlman) [:00]
4. "Pines of Rome" (Ottorino Respighi) [:02]
5. Introduciton (Quincy Jones) [:00]
6. "Rhapsody in Blue" (George Gershwin) [:00]
7. Introduction (Bette Midler) [:10]
8. "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegra, Opus 102" (Dmitir Shostokovich) [1:15]
9. Introduction (James Earl Jones) [2:51]
10. "Carnival of the Animals, Finale" (Camille Saint-Saëns) [1:28]
11. Introduction (Penn & Teller) [10:13]
12. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (Paul Dukas) [:55]
13. Introduction (James Levine) [12:31]
14. "Pomp and Circumstance - Marches 1, 2, 3 and 4" (Sir Edward Elgar) [1:16]
15. Introduction (Angela Lansbury) [7:28]
16. "Firebird Suite - 1919 Version" (Igor Stravinsky) [:43]
17. End Credits [1:54]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fantasia
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Disney Family Museum
      Audio Commentary
      Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray is Suite!
      Learn How to Take Your Favorite Movies on the Go
      Disney Digital Copy
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
         Français 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
         Español 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
      Subtitles
         None
         English For the Hearing Impaired
         Français
         Español
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
   Disney Fast Play
Disc #2 -- Fantasia 2000
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Musicana
      Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray is Suite!
      Learn How to Take Your Favorite Movies on the Go
      Digital Copy
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
         Français 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
         Español 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
      Subtitles
         None
         English For the Hearing Impaired
         Français
         Español
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
   Disney Fast Play
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