Fantasia 2000 (2000)
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Critic Reviews for Fantasia 2000
The rest of these animated sequences depend on gimmickry, cuteness, or facile ideology.
It provides some fine artists the chance to stretch and frolic, even as it reminds today's audiences of animation's limitless borders.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Fantasia 2000
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.
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.
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