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Fantasia 2000 (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on December 21, 2010

The long-overdue sequel gets some things right and some things wrong.  Most noticeably, the sequences are significantly shorter.  This has the benefit of avoiding segments that overstay their welcome (as “Rite of Spring” does).  However, without an increased number of segments, there’s significantly less to love.  When you take out the credits and the repeat of “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” you’re looking at less than an hour of new content.  And the content itself is a mixed bag.  “Pines of Rome” sports some lovely imagery, but the music fails to leave much of an impression.  On the other side of the same coin, “Pomp and Circumstance” is a wonderful, iconic piece of music… married to some rather dumb animation of Donald Duck as Noah.  But the other segments all range from good to outstanding.  For my money, “Firebird Suite” is the best of either film, an achingly gorgeous creation that always brings a tear to my eye.  “Rhapsody in Blue” is a delight as well, as are the very brief pieces based on Beethoven and Saint-Saens.  Which just leaves the Shostakovich… not mind-blowing, but it is charming.  The film really could use one more segment, and preferably something more abstracted.  The pieces in this film are too narrative-oriented, as a result it feels less experimental and ballsy than its predecessor.  But as a whole, it’s pretty damn good (and I like the idea of mixing up the hosts) and I’ve decided to keep the set.  Rating: 8

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