Fantasia - Fantasia 2000 4-Disc Special Edition * review*

About the Movie:

Walt Disney's animated musical masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound, now brilliantly restored for the first time ever in high definition! Blu-ray technology finally allows you to experience Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, the triumphant classic it inspired, the way Walt envisioned! Plus, for the first time ever on Blu-ray, experience the 2003 Academy Award®-nominated animated short  Destino, the extraordinary collaboration between Walt Disney and legendary artist Salvador Dali!
Revealing new bonus features and commentary bring the Fantasia experience to life, allowing generations of moviegoers all over the world to enjoy this timeless classic like never before. See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is Fantasia over and over again.

Fantasia DVD Bonus Features:
•    New Audio Commentary with Disney historian Brian Sibley
•    Disney Family Museum (running time: approx. 5 minutes) – Walt’s daughter Diane Disney-Miller takes viewers on a tour of the new Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California featuring a very large exhibit on Fantasia and most importantly, the Schultheis notebook with long lost Fantasiaproduction notes found in more recent years in the walls of a convent.

Sorcerer's Apprentice (Film)

Fantasia Blu-ray Bonus Features: Everything on the DVD plus:
•    Disney View – This viewing mode maximizes the Blu-ray viewing experience with a 16 x 9 aspect ratio. Original artwork created by a Disney artist, in a style that complements the beauty of the film.
•    The Shultheis Notebook: A Disney Treasure (running time: approx. 14 minutes) –An in depth look at the recently discovered Schultheis Notebook. The detailed log was created by Herman Schultheis, an effects man on Fantasia, and intricately breaks down the film from a technical view. Many of the special effects used in Fantasia were a mystery to modern day animators until this notebook was recovered.
•    Interactive Art Gallery and Screensavers – Viewers can explore the artwork of Fantasia as never before, in HD resolution with unique Blu-ray interactivity and programming.
•    Audio Commentaries from Fantasia Legacy Collection – With executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, animation historian John Canemaker, and Scott McQueen, manager of film restoration.
•Audio commentary with interviews and story note recreations by Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker.
Fantasia 2000 DVD Bonus Features:
•    Musicana – Walt’s Inspiration for a Sequel (running time: approx. 10 minutes) – This documentary reveals rarely-seen art created for Musicana, a late 1970’s project intended as a Fantasia sequel with a focus on exploring other cultures via their greatest musical compositions. Viewers are offered a look at the origins of pieces that were started by Walt, such as “The Emperor and the Nightingale” which was then taken over by a very young John Lasseter. Ultimately, Musicana was stopped to begin production on “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” but the memories of this piece still live on with the animators who conceived it.

Whales (Film)

Fantasia 2000 Blu-ray Bonus Features: Everything on the DVD plus:
•    Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino (running time: 82 minutes) – This feature length documentary explores the collaborative relationship between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, revealing how and why the Destino short came to fruition under the lead of Roy E. Disney in 2003 so many years after its inception in 1946.
•   Destino (running time: approx. 7 minutes) – The legacy of Walt Disney and Salvador Dali lives on in this highly anticipated short film.
•    Disney’s Virtual Vault — BD-Live Feature Original DVD Bonus Features from Legacy Collection
•    Audio Commentaries from Fantasia Legacy Collection (total running time: 84 minutes) With executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, and producer Don Ernst. Audio commentary with the directors and art directors for each segment.


I must admit that my kids were not thrilled with Fantasia. It just did not hold their attention. They really liked bits of it- like The Sorcerer's Apprentice with Mickey Mouse - but for the most part they thought is was "weird".

I enjoyed it though. It is very relaxing to watch and I spent the whole time just fascinated by what the music made the animators think of! It is very creative and certainly unique.

I preferred Fantasia 2000 to the original but I don't know that my kids even noticed a difference. There are a lot of extras included in the 4 disc special edition and that is pretty cool. I especially enjoyed Destino.

Thanks so much to Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment for sending me a review copy of this movie.


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