The animation for Stravinsky's Firebird is the only imaginative sequence. Unfortunately, just like all of Disney's movies in the 1990s/2000s (Coco is an exception), the CGI does not have the same level of creativity as Disney's peak in the 1930s/1940s. Skip this and see the original Fantasia.
Hearing "Rhapsody in Blue" since again brought so much happiness and tears, so that alone already elevated the experience. I also liked the animated video accompanying it. The Firebird final animation also stood out for me. Overall it was a really nice experience, but something about it didn't feel as exceptional as you'd hope it to be.
A shorter and faster paced sequel to the original "Fantasia". The best shorts are the one with the insane flamingo and his yo-yo and the beautifully drawn story about nature's death and rebirth. I also like the "Rhapsody in Blue" short and (gasp!) overall this movie is more satisfying than the original, but the reprise of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is unnecessary and the Donald Duck short is disappointing but cute.
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.
Honours the spirit of the original by walking that same fascinating tightrope between high art and high kitsch. There's nothing quite as beautiful nor as kitschy as the 'Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy' section from the original, but the Stravinski section that borrows from 'Princess Mononoke' is pretty wondrous and the interpretation of 'Rhapsody in Blue' is charming and fun.
Intended as a loving tribute to its classical period and a continuation of the Fantasia idea, it only serves to show how little imagination and mastery there was in the so-called "Disney Renaissance" of the 1990s. The inclusion of the original's "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment, which was 60 years old by the year 2000, just makes everything else look terrible by comparison.
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.
Questo film è parte integrante della mia visione del mondo, visto a soli 6 anni al cinema, rimasi talmente stupefatto da rivederlo svariate volte al cinema, per poi comprare la cassetta e consumarla, forse il primo è migliore, ma non posso che amare questo di più
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 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.
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...
apparently the only experimental style comes with the firebird short, which openly borrows to from Japanese anime, specially miyazaki>which doesn't make it very experimental does it?>nor recognizable as a disney film>over the last 80 years most of those who've watched either the entire, or some parts, of 40s fantasia will remember it forever, the 2000s version is hard to recall after a weeks viewing.