Fantasia sooo much. So when I discovered that there was going to be a second one I was soo excited. I was working at Blockbuster Video at the time... so I even snagged the poster from the movie Fantasia 2000. I love the Fantasia movies. The mix of art and music together is genius to me.
I love the Rhapsody in Blue.. the art is very jazzy to me. What I like about it is that it is everyday life for all of us. I can see the workers trying hard to make money.. and just living life.
Next up let's look at The Steadfast Tin Solider, this is based off of the story by the same name written by Hans Christian Andersen. Another fantastic work of art ... that tells an amazing story by just listening to the music and watching the animation. The story has a much sadder ending then the Fantasia version. In the story the Tin Solider see the ballerina and never realizes that she does have two legs (unlike in the video). He does believe that all his bad luck is created by the creepy jack in the box whereas in the story we actually see the jack in the box physically doing the events. The solider falls out of the window by accident in the book. He goes through the water and makes it back home inside a fish just like in the film. BUT the ending is much sadder. When the kids get the solider back for some reason they throw him into the fire! Then wind blows the ballerina into the fire too (she is made of paper in the story). Both are destroyed and the only pieces found of them is a melted tin heart and a sequin from the ballerina. SAD!
The next musical segment I am going to talk about it is the Carnival of the Animals... which is one of my most favorite in Fantasia 2000. I mean how fun is it to watch a flamingo shoot around a yo-yo!!! ! Originally.. the flamingos were going to be ostriches so glad they went with the flamingos. I think the colors in this video are just beautiful.
The Pomp and Circumstance story is a fun one too ( I can't find a video of it sooooo... you'll just have to get the DVD). This one shows Donald as Moses and he ushers all the animals onto a huge ship. Daisy included. It is really sweet and fun. It's based off the Moses story from the Bible. Ok confession time. I didn't go back and read this section of the bible. Yes .. I know that's what Project Disney is all about but I am lazy... plus I feel like I know that story by heart... right? I like how clever it is... it even has the dragons and unicorns laughing at everyone for hurrying onto the boat.
The next song I am going to talk about is Firebird Suite... here is yet another AMAZING animation. This one is the most touching to me. It shows the devastation of a forest fire. I recently went to Yellowstone and you could see the damage the park took from a fire. Sad sad.
Disney also added The Sorcerer's Apprentice back into the film which I love since I think this is what made the original film take off. If you haven't seen this you should really take the time. There is still the live action scenes in-between song numbers. I still like to fastforward through these but they are worth listening to at least one time around. I learned that this was the first animated film to be released in IMAX. Of course in 2000 there weren't as many IMAX screens as there are now.
Be sure to check out my other Project Disney:
The Great Mouse Detective
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Princess and the Frog
Beauty and the Beast
Lady and the Tramp
Alice in Wonderland
The Rescuers Down Under
Oliver and Company
The Little Mermaid
The Jungle Book
The Emperor's New Groove
The Sword in the Stone
The Lion King
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
The Black Cauldron
Lilo and Stitch
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Make Mine Music
Fox and the Hound