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Fantasia vs. 'Fantasia,' on Hollywood Boulevard

February 12, 2010 | 10:11 am


As former "American Idol" winner Fantasia settles in this week at the Pantages Theatre for a limited run of the musical "The Color Purple," another "Fantasia" is taking up residence several blocks away on Hollywood Boulevard.

Disney's "Fantasia 2000" is set to open at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday. The animated film, which originally debuted in cinemas 10 years ago, is a sequel to the 1940 classic "Fantasia."

Like the first film, "Fantasia 2000" features short animated segments that are set to well-known classical music pieces. Among the works on the soundtrack are Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5." 

The music for the film was performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor James Levine.

In addition, the film reprises "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment, featuring Mickey Mouse, from the first film.

At the El Capitan, “Fantasia 2000” will be accompanied by the short animated film “Destino,” a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, which was begun in 1945.

"Fantasia 2000" is set to run from Feb. 17 to 27. The engagement is dedicated to the late Roy Edward Disney, who died in December.

Meanwhile, "The Color Purple," starring Fantasia Barrino, is set to end its run at the Pantages on Feb. 28.

-- David Ng

Photo: Mickey Mouse, in a scene from "Fantasia 2000." Credit: Disney Enterprises Inc.

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I had a chance to see Fantasia 2000 when it came out in theaters at the Irvine IMAX. In theatres, the film translates into an adventurous romp in the twisted world of the animator's imagination and the movement inherent in classical music. As a kid taking piano lessons, it cemented many of the feelings I had about music and made it a little easier to talk about it with friends. That being said, F2000 as a DVD experience was for some reason very unsatisfying. I think it has to do with the fact that classical music is best experienced with others.

What's really cool about this is the chance to see "Destino" on the big screen. I've seen this a few times on YouTube and it is a total trip. If you don't have kids, you might as well go with friends on your mind-altering substance of choice.

Fantasia 2000 was boring. It was nothing more that the old Fantasia redone in quasi-mondern cartoonish form with computers replacing human creativity. Flash forward to Avatar. Say what you will about the story line and the action scenes. Remove that from the movie. Take the beautiful (Fantastia-like) scenes, if you will, and put them to classical or hip-hop or whatever music genre you prefer and that is what Fantasia 2 should have been. A total blend of the creativity of man and computer with a WOW factor that I've not seen elsewhere. I doubt anyone concentrated on the musical back-drop during the scenes spent exploring the island or flying on the backs of wondrous creatures - but the music was classical and awesome. More of that!!!

i like fantasia but i can't stand fantasia.

Fantasia 2000 was my favorite disney movie. I saw it in the theater 19 times. Yes 19 times. I can hardly wait till it comes out on dvd. I am into opera as well as disney so that scene with mickey mouse shaking Jame Levines hand was seeing my 2 loves opera and disney coming together in a handshake. Plus it bring the magic of fantasia to my generation making it hip cool and funky. With hosts of segment with well known actos and actress it bring Fantasia in a way that I can connect with


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