Based on the original
Walt Disney classic Fantasia, Fantasia 2000 is a modern re-imagination
that is considered the sequel. One interesting aspect of the 1999
version of Fantasia 2000 is that the movie is considerably shorter than
the original and seems to err more on the side of caution as opposed to
the almost psychedelic experience of the original.
Like Fantasia, Fantasia
2000 is a collection of animated stories that are based on classical
music. Not only do we see familiar characters like Donald Duck but this
release contains the 2003 Academy Award nominated short called Destino
that was quite the treat in its day. However for Fantasia 2000, the
collection of stories take back seat as you are mesmerised by the
colourful, almost 3D like animation that goes hand in hand with the
soundtrack. Actors such as Quincy Jones, Steve Martin, Kathleen Battle
and Ralph Grierson lend their voices to the stories and even though
these are famous Hollywood stars, Fantasia 2000 was already a winner
with its animation and musical score.
Video, Audio & Special Features
Fantasia 2000 looks good on Blu-ray, especially its combination of hand
drawn animation and CGI. Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, the
colours of this film once again jump through your TV. The animation does
look a little dated in some places but just like the original, Fantasia 2000 is still a
Disney classic and will definitely impress the cartoon aficionados.
Match that with sharp images, deep blacks and Disney should be commended
on their high standard of releases for Blu-ray films.
Fantasia 2000 also boasts
an exceptional audio track, thanks to its 7.1 DTS-HD master audio
tracks. Whether its the memorable musical score, the characters or the
narration, everything is crystal clear and really makes good use of the
Blu-ray technology, not to mention your surround sound speakers. It
comes together quite well with the story and video, almost making
it like you are part of something bigger but in actual fact, your
confined to your living room. Quite an amazing experience.
This release also contains a DVD Feature Film plus some entertaining
special features from Musicana, Dali & Disney: A Date with Destino, the
short film Destino and audio commentary with Roy E. Disney, James
Levine, Don Erst and a separate commentary track by its director and art
directors. Not all the features are for children however.
Fantasia 2000, the reimagining of the 1940 classic Fantasia is a joy to
watch. It may not be as memorable as the original film but like the
first, it pushes the world of animation in classic Disney style. With
an enjoyable story and acceptable video and audio quality, the only
issue with Fantasia 2000 is that the CGI effects are a little dated compared to
the excellent animation. Nonetheless, it's an unforgettable ride.