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Fantasia 2000 Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Bruce Fretts

    Oh well, back to the drawing board.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Movies like this renew my faith that the future of the cinema lies not in the compromises of digital projection, but by leaping over the limitations of digital into the next generation of film technology.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Still a one-of-a-kind mind-blower.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Delightful, but may scare more sensitive kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the dark, scary images in this film, combined with some thundering, ominous musical selections, may be frightening to very young or very sensitive viewers. There are several evil characters: an overpowering jack-in-the-box with glaring eyes and scary teeth, some marauding rats, soaring and threatening eagles, raging fires, giant waves, and one Penn & Teller trick depicting an axe and a severed hand (immediately shown to be pretend). In addition, a young whale is momentarily separated from its parents, and Donald Duck loses track of Daisy for a period of time to their great dismay. Fantasia 2000 is a sequel to Fantasia, which was originally made in 1940 and has been released numerous times. This newer film is a shorter, modern version with computer-generated images, a faster pace, more humor and more of the slick animation today’s audiences expect.

  • Families can talk about the way that music makes pictures in our heads, and experiment by asking children to draw pictures as they listen to music. How does the movie's music match each of its segments?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: This film serves as an introduction to symphonic music and its capacity to build both story and emotion. The well-known works of classic composers (Shostakovich, Respighi, Wagner, Gershwin, and more) underscore the pictures on the screen. The relationship between sight and sound is clearly explained by a series of celebrity narrators.

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    Messages: Music is a powerful way to enhance storytelling and heighten emotions.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: There are a number of (all male) heroic characters who bravely triumph over evil.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Penn and Teller pretend to hack off a hand, but it is quickly shown to be a trick. There are three animated segments of this film where dark, menacing music is used to intensify scary visual effects. In “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” an evil jack-in-the-box, with bared teeth and sinister eyes, threatens a ballerina and the tin soldier who loves her. He pops up, looms large over his prey, and chases them accompanied by lots of scary rodents with mean red eyes. In “The Firebird Suite” the visual story is one of life, death, and renewal. Fire, giant birds of prey, and red-eyed creatures fill the screen with menace and ominous images. Finally, in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” taken directly from the original Fantasia, Mickey Mouse is a young wizard who cannot control the frenzied brooms that his magic has set in motion. The result is an intense storm, a giant whirlpool, and waves of water completely overpowering the scene.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue