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Disney 53: Fantasia 2000

Directed by Pixote Hunt, Hendel Butoy, Eric Goldberg, James Algar, Francis Glebas, Paul and Gaetan Brizzi

1999/75 minutes

Fantasia is timeless. It may run 10, 20 or 30 years. It may run after I’m gone. Fantasia is an idea in itself. I can never build another Fantasia. I can improve. I can elaborate. That’s all.”

– Walt Disney

Unveiled just after the clock struck midnight on Dec 31st 1999, making it the first film to be released in the new millennium (pedantry over the date of the beginning of the millennium notwithstanding), Fantasia 2000 is a hidden gem of the Disney 53. Admit it, how many of you remember it? In any case, Fantasia 2000 was the result of almost a decade worth of work; each segment of the film was produced individually, during lulls between major features.

The IMAX Experience

Fantasia 2000 was the first feature length animated film to be presented in IMAX,
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Extended Thoughts on ‘Fantasia 2000′

Fantasia 2000

Directed by Don Hahn, Pixote Hunt, Hendel Butoy, Eric Goldberg, James Algar, Francis Glebas, and Paul and Gaetan Brazzi

Starring Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Penn and Teller, Angela Lansbury

Achieving balance is one of the great high-wire acts of family films. Some filmmakers attempt to make universal pieces of entertainment, to appeal to adults as well as to children. Many don’t, but the best of the films from Walt Disney Pictures succeed at that balance, or at least try very hard and come close to succeeding. The most obvious example of a group of people trying to make something as accessible for kids as it is for adults, something that everyone can enjoy on some level, are the two (as of now) Fantasia films. Both movies work within the medium of animation to transcend commonly considered tropes of storytelling. But the people behind both films went about
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Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 – (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD combo)

Blu-ray Review

Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD combo)


Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe, Norm Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen

Cast: Leopold Stokowski

Running Time: 2 hr 5 min

Rating: G

Due Out: November 30, 2010

Plot: Seven classical pieces of music are animated in a film that’s meant to be the visual representation of what you hear when listening to these pieces.

Who’S It For? Unlike most animated films, this requires a more mature audience. Though there’s nothing objectionable in the material, it might be dull for kids.


The most experimental of any of Disney’s animated feature films, Fantasia tells seven stories, all set to music. The most famous is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Mickey Mouse wearing a red robe and blue hat covered in stars. Even people who haven’t seen the
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New details on X-Men: First Class reveal year, Kremlin element and Beast look

Upcoming X-Men: First Class prequel is very much under wraps at present and, considering that it's still seven months away from release, the lack of details isn't that remarkable.

Fans, of course, are keen to find out more about what the storyline entails.

Bryan Singer, a producer on the project, recently spoke about the setting of the film. What we know is that it charts the early years of Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and how that friendship disintegrated.

Factoring into the story somehow is the Hellfire Club (pictured right), a Machiavellian group of affluent men and women who (in the comic books, at least) use their vast influence for their own gain. Heading the secret society is Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, with Emma Frost (January Jones) by his side.

Early pictures of Jones on set at Pinewood included Russian soldiers and Singer had previously indicated that
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