I have not yet seen the original Fantasia, but I just saw this and I have to say, I love it. What Walt Disney wanted to create was a concert film, a perpetual work in progress, where it was like a concert with visual accompaniment. May I say, that was a genius work and now Fantasia 2000 is one of my favourite disney animated features of all time. It has no dialogue (outside celebrity cameos) and no recurring story, but it's visually stunning, and each of the pieces with their accompanying clips are stunning in their own way, so I will judge them individually in this review.
The first clip is put to Beethoven's symphony #5 in C minor. Some may know it as the song with the epic Da Da Da Daaaaa at the beginning. Anyway, the visuals accompanying it are simply stunning. They are abstract butterflies and bats, constantly battling between light and darkness until light finally emerges victorious. The artwork on that is simply beautiful, and it's one of the best bits of animation I have ever seen. In fact, all of the clips in this are the best animated works I have ever seen so far. Not the best in the movie, but definitely not the worst.
The second clip is called "Pines of Rome". It is set to pictures of whales slowly moving from the water to the sky. The animation of the whales is simply breathtaking, as this is by far my favourite clip out of the whole movie. The animation of the whales, the lightning, the sky, just simply beautiful. It was also quite emotionally powerful, even if I didn't fully understand it. The baby whale being comforted by his mother because he was scared of the lightning, that was so cute and yet so sad that it made for the best moment in the clip. Needless to say, my personal favourite out of all the clips.
The rest of the clips are all great, and I don't want to repeat what I've said about the first two, so I'll just end my description with any other remarkable things. Out of all the clips, Rhapsody in Blue is probably the funniest, set in a day in New York and drawn entirely in line drawings. Out of all of them, I would definitely have to say my second favourite is The Goddess of Nature. That was definitely the answer to Fantasia's scene with the Devil (i may not have seen fantasia, but I know that scene). I also loved the scene with Donald and Daisy on Noah's Ark. That ark scene was one of the most beautiful moments of animation that I had ever seen. However, the one clip I didn't like was the flamingos with the yo-yo. I guess it just seemed too goofy for my taste.
Fantasia started as little more than a cinematic experiment, and it ended up becoming a film classic and spawning this great film. I can only hope that people will never forget Fantasia with the idiocracy that we are descending into nowadays. Films are now designed to appeal to mass crowds of dumbasses and people value explosions over quality and that's a true shame. Anyway, if you haven't seen this film, it's a definite must-see. One of Disney's best animated features, and one of my favourite animated films of all time.
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Nov 29, 2010
Apr 23, 2012 10:20 PM UTC
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