Video is loading ...
Soundtracks of Fantasia 2000 was performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with conductor James Levine. A group of celebrities introduce each segment in live-action scenes including Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Penn & Teller, James Earl Jones, Quincy Jones and Angela Lansbury.
Steve Martin: You know, what's amazing is that many of these musicians are playing for the very first time. Thanks to Steve Martin's Two-Week Master Musician Home Study course. More about that later. Hello, and welcome to Fantasia 2000. It's been more than 60 years since Walt Disney and his artists, teamed up with maestro Leopold Stokowski to create a film they titled The Concert Feature. I think we're all glad that they changed the name to Fantasia. You know, Fantasia was meant to be a perpetual work in progress. Every time you went to see it, you'd experience some new pieces along with some old familiar favourites. But that idea fell by the wayside, until now. So let me turn things over to the great Itzhak Perlman, who, I have just been informed, plays the violin. Well, so do I. Big deal. Could I have my violin, please? Ahh, thank you. All right, boys, let's... Oh! Oh, sorry. Could I have another stick thingy, please? Oh, and camera back on me. Camera back on me. Am I done?
Instead of being produced all at once, as the original Fantasia had been, each segment was produced individually during production lulls between features.
Director Eric Goldberg animated "The Carnival of the Animals" himself. His separate short, based on George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", was released as part of Fantasia 2000 and became, at 12 minutes, the longest segment. "Rhapsody in Blue," originally planned by director Eric Goldberg as a stand-alone independent film, was an eleventh-hour addition to the lineup. The Nutcracker Suite from the original Fantasia was originally planned for this spot, until a production hiatus allowed Goldberg an opportunity to allow the Disney animators to work on "Rhapsody in Blue."
The rain seen during Pomp and Circumstance was filmed back in 1940 and was used in the Rite of Spring segment in the first Fantasia.
The opening abstract segment, set to Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth, directly mirrors the opening of Fantasia which also began with an abstract section, set to Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
The "Carnival of the Animals" segment with the yo-yo-playing flamingo was originally conceived with ostriches in mind by Joe Grant, 91-year-old head of story on Fantasia 2000 and the only crew member to have worked on the original Fantasia.
When Bette Midler was introducing "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" by talking about ideas that were originally going to be in the original Fantasia she mentions Flight Of The Bumble Bee.
One significant difference in the musical styles between the films is that in Fantasia 2000 the piano features prominently in more than half of the selections, while the original Fantasia did not feature one.
The scenes were directed by Disney animation producer Don Hahn. Instead of using a single narrator like Fantasia did, people from different areas of the art world introduce each segment in Fantasia 2000.
Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Piano Concerto No. 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich
The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-SaŽns
The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas from Fantasia 2000
Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar
Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky