Stravinsky's Firebird sequence was masterfully beautiful by how it was animated, though it took Disney an awful long time to do this episode in Fantasia because they were at first interested but had trouble finding ideas on making it (so went to The Rite of Spring) back then. Carnival of the Animals & Fifth Symphony were also good, too. About time for me to revisit this soon, haven't seen it in ages but still good.
There are only a few of the shorts that are truly memorable. The last one from Stravinsky may be the only great one. It doesn't feel like a wholehearted effort, and the running time may be proof of that. They even had the inclusion of the Sorcerer's apprentice seems out of place. It's entertaining but not transcendental... the music if of course amazing.
I'm fond of this despite my many objections. The Firebird Suite is beautiful and the Pines of Rome sequence still gets me choked up. Still barely a shadow of its predecessor. Terrible intros really brought the piece down.
One of the best movies all animation history. For me rhapsody in blue part is classic short film. Because this song is associated with nyc , in some sequence we see gershwin while he was playing this song. Also style refers hirschfeld's drawings.it tells three people' story who wish for a better future in their life.
At the same time I like flamingo parts too , there is no dialogue but this so funny for me.
Despite being very entertaining & beautiful, with not too many dull moments to be found, this continuation of Fantasia misses the risky go-for-broke animation skill & risk of the original. The most weakest part are the interludes, w/ guest stars that date the film & seem forced (as if everyone needs a chuckle before watching another artistic segment).
There is no warmth, no risk. It feels like a musical number at the Oscars...something hastily made, and reworked for maximum blandness. The most exciting moment?...when they reveal all the options that were considered and then rejected...ALL of them sound better than what made the final cut. I would love to have seen something as edgy as Bald Mountain...but no luck.
Anybody who knows me, knows that Fantasia is in my Top 10 Favorite Films of All Time. I remember getting excited when I first heard about it. I saw this in 2000 during its initial release in big cities. I saw it on IMAX in NYC and was blown away. As time passed, my opinion of it went down and down. It is not as good as the original, but how many films are? It is an okay sequel, some segments are good, some are bad...