December 31, 1999
Genre(s): Family, Animation, Music
Fantasia 2000 is an updated version of Disney’s original Fantasia, released in 1940. This sequel follows the same format, with smoothly animated renditions of classical music. The only segment that is in both the original and in Fantasia 2000 is “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Other songs in this film include Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5” depicted by abstract butterflies, Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” telling the story of humpback whales, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” depicting a day in the life of four New Yorkers in 1930, Shostakovich’s “Piano Concerto No. 2”, a story of a soldier, Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” showing a flock of flamingos fighting over a yo-yo, Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” set to animation of the Noah’s Ark story and Stavinsky’s “Firebird Suite” which sets to music the story of a Spring sprite and her elk companion.