100 Facts About Fantasia 2000

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Sixty years following the release of the wonderful Fantasia, Disney decided to have another go at creating art that synchronised with classical music. This film was released in the turn of the new millennium and included many celebrities who were popular at the time, providing segways between scores.

33. Fantasia 2000

  1. Fantasia 2000 was released to regular theatres on June 16th 2000.
  2. It is a direct sequel to Fantasia which was released in 1940.
  3. The film was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation.
  4. It is the thirty eighth film in the Disney Animated Canon.
  5. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures.
  6. It had originally been premiered in Imax between January 1st and April 30th,
  7. It had its premiere in the United States on December 17th, 1999 as part of a five-city concert tour.
  8. The world premier was at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
  9. The 120 piece Philharmonia Orchestra of London provided the music for the evening.
  10. The five cities to follow included London’s Royal Albert Hall, Paris, Tokyo and Pasadena California.
  11. Fantasia 2000 holds an 82%, Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  12. During pre-production and concept, the film was known as Fantasia continued.
  13. Fantasia 2000 was 9 years in the making.
  14. The Broadway ending sequence of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ contained so many different colours that the CAPS system had trouble rendering it.
  15. This caused delays in the production of Tarzan.
  16. There was over 200 colours in the ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ sequence.
  17. Development on Fantasia 2000 began in 1990 with production starting the following year.
  18. This was the first feature length animated film to be presented in IMAX.
  19. IMAX had to agree to Disney’s terms and conditions in order to gain the exclusive first showings of the film.
  20. These included a limited engagement of four month and 50% of the box office receipts.
  21. Not all IMAX cinemas showed Fantasia 2000 ue to refusing to meet Disney’s demands.
  22. One of these theatres was The California Science Centre in Los Angeles.
  23. Disney responded by building a $4 million purpose-built IMAX centre, demolishing it after the run of the movie was complete.
  24. The Firebird sequence depicts the eruption o the volcano Mount Saint Helens in 1980.
  25. Eric Goldberg approached cartoonish Al Hirschfield about adopting his visual style for the Rhapsody in Blue segment of the movie.
  26. Al responded by saying if he was 50 years younger he would have been on a rain the next day to work on the project.
  27. Eric Goldberg showed the Rhapsody in Blue segment to Al Hirschfield shortly before his 96th birthday, with his wife saying it was the best birthday present he could have ever received.
  28. All of the main characters in Rhapsody in Blue have names.
  29. The construction worker is called Duke.
  30. The man who needs a job is named Jobless Joe.
  31. The little girl is names Rachel and modeled after Eric and Susan Goldbergs youngest daughter.
  32. The portly fellow is names John, sometimes referred to as Flying John.
  33. He was names after animation historian John Culhane who was the inspiration for the character of Mr Snoops in The Rescuers.
  34. George Gershwin himself features in the Rhapsody in Blue segment as the slender man seen playing the piano through his apartment window.
  35. The ‘Carnival of Animals’ segment with the yo-yo playing flamingo was originally conceived with ostriches in mind by Joe Grant who was the 91-year-old head of story on Fantasia 2000.
  36. He was the only crew member to have worked on the original Fantasia in 1940.
  37. The ‘Steadfast Tin Soldier’ sequence is the first time that lead characters in a Disney animation are completely computer generated, outside of a Pixar movie.
  38. It was meant to star in the first Fantasia but no one could decide what music to set it to.
  39. Although the whales in ‘Pines of Rome’ were computer animated, their eyes were all hand-drawn.
  40. Eric Goldberg animated the entire ‘Carnival of the Animals’ segment himself.
  41. The whole process took him about 9 months.
  42. Walt Disney Pictures already had Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird Suite’ under license
  43. They had acquired it alongside ‘The Rite of Spring’ during the planning stages of the original Fantasia.
  44. The rain seen during Pomp and Circumstance was filmed back in 1940 and was used in the Rite of Spring segment in the original Fantasia.
  45. When Bette Midler is talking about ideas that were originally going to be in Fantasia, she mentioned Flight of the Bumblebee, which was renamed as Bumble Boogie and used in Melody Time.
  46. In Pomp and Circumstance, after the rain stops and the animals step out onto the deck of the Ark, you can see Mickey and Minnie Mouse standing on the roof.
  47. In the Rhapsody in Blue segment, the hotel is called the Goldberg and is named after the two directors of the segment; Eric and Susan Goldberg.
  48. The ‘Carnival of the Animals’ segment marks the first time that watercolour animation is featured in a traditionally animated feature.
  49. Those are real yoyo moves that the flamingos are using in the Carnival of the Animals segment.
  50. The success of the original Fantasia on a limited video release made Disney appreciate that there was enough interest for a continuation project.
  51. In the ‘Carnival of the Animals’ segment, the flamingo with the yoyo is names ‘Our Hero’.
  52. The six flamingos who oppose him are called ‘The Snotty Six’.
  53. In the Steadfast Tin Solder segment, the name of the fishery that catches the fish after it swallows the tin soldier is Ernest Fish, a tribute to producer Donald W. Ernst.
  54. This is the first time since 1977 where 2 Disney Animated Feature Films have been released in the same year.
  55. The ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ sequence has hidden duck shapes throughout in order to better fit Donald Duck into the picture.
  56. First Disney animated feature since Aladdin to not be released in June.
  57. Mickey Mouse joins Roy Edward Disney on the DVD commentary audio track.
  58. Director Pixiote Hunt spent two years writing and creating the Ludwig van Beethoven’s fifth segment which opens the film.
  59. Bruce Broughton was initially contracted to pen original music for the interstitial sequences however ultimately, he never provided any original score for the movie.
  60. Roy Edward Disney studied ‘Pines of Rome’ in a Music Appreciation course he took.
  61. He brought the score to one of the first meetings with animators and told them he wanted the sequence in the final film.
  62. A third film in the Fantasia series called Fantasia 2006 was in the works.
  63. It was cancelled when Disney realised this was impractical and released the shorts individually.
  64. Jeffrey Katzenberg was opposed to the film so development took place without his knowledge or involvement.
  65. The Steadfast Tin Soldier segment has a substantially different ending to the original Hans Christian Anderson tale.
  66. The opening abstract segment, set to Ludwig van Beethoven’s fifth, directly mirrors the opening of Fantasia.
  67. Initially, the release was going to only feature a few new segments with the majority of sequences coming from the original Fantasia.
  68. Eventually, only the Sorcerer’s Apprentice was kept in with the rest of the film being entirely new segments
  69. The Rhapsody in Blue sequence if the first one in a Fantasia film to be based on the work of an American composer.
  70. Quincy Jones was chosen to introduce Rhapsody in Blue because he knew both Al Hirschfield and George Gershwin.
  71. When the Rhapsody in Blue segment was privately screened for Al Hirschfield and his wife, they were both in tears being overjoyed to see Hirschfields iconic drawings rendered onscreen.
  72. The animators of the Tin Soldier segment had real difficulty finding examples of jack-in-a-boxes for their lead villain as it’s a toy that simply isn’t made anymore.
  73. In the Pomp and Circumstance segment, you never see Noah’s face.
  74. For the Pomp and Circumstance segment, animators drew Donald and Daisy Duck from the style of animation the studios used for the characters back in 1940.
  75. Rhapsody in Blue was originally going to be a stand-alone short before it’s inclusion in Fantasia 2000.
  76. Entirely new computer software had to be written to make the water effects in the Pines of Rome segment.
  77. The animator seen ‘assisting’ James Earl Jones in the intro to Carnival of the Animals is he director of that segment, Eric Goldberg.
  78. Ethan Partington has revealed a 3D reissue could be possible.
  79. The credits of the movie are superimposed over preliminary artwork.
  80. Right after the final credits, you can hear Steve Martin asking the audience for a ride home once he realises the movie has ended.
  81. Set pieces are introduced by a number of celebrities including Penn and Teller, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones and Angela Landsbury.
  82. All of the animals in the Pomp and Circumstance sequence resemble animals from other Disney movies.
  83. The Pomp and Circumstance segment was added at the insistence of CEO Michael Eisner who has just seen his son graduate and wanted a song everyone could relate to, to be included in the movie.
  84. The movie was unveiled just after the clock struck midnight on December 31st 1999, making Fantasia 2000 to be the first film to be released in the new millennium.
  85. The Pomp and Circumstance segment was originally going to be about every Disney character from the past 60 years witnessing the graduation of every Disney prince and princess.
  86. At the end, the princes got diplomas whilst the princesses got babies
  87. They invited the remaining members of Disney’s Nine Old Men to animate their own characters but left soon after the presentation.
  88. All musical selections were performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conducted by James Levine.
  89. The exception was Sorcerer’s Apprentice which was performed by the ensemble of Hollywood Studio Musicians and conducted be Leopold Stokowski.
  90. Fantasia 2000 was released on it’s own on VHS and DVD in 2000.
  91. It was also released alongside the 60th Anniversary Edition DVD of Fantasia.
  92. A DVD boxset, The Fantasia Anthology, was also released including the two films and a bonus disc entitled Fantasia Legacy,
  93. These are currently unavailable and locked in the Disney Vault.
  94. After the film opened to 54 theatres across the US, it grossed $2.2 million in it’s opening weekend.
  95. Fantasia 2000 has earned a total worldwide gross of over $90.8 million since its release.
  96. Composer, Andre Previn was approached by Disney to work on a sequel to the original Fantasia, however turned down the project as he was made to believe it was an orchestration of Beatles songs.
  97. One significant difference in the musical styles between the films is that Fantasia 2000 has a piano feature in more than half of the segments with Fantasia not having a piano in any segment.
  98. When the film was first released to IMAX cinemas in 2000, it featured a multiple-channel sound system that surrounded the audience.
  99. This sound was put to comical effect in the narrative segment preceding Pomp and Circumstance where Mickey Mouse went searching for Donald Duck.
  100. The soundtrack gave the illusion that Mickey Mouse was running around the theatre, behind the audiences seating.

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