Posted by Cane on April 25, 2000 at 09:20:59:
In Reply to: 7 days left to see Fantasia 2000???? posted by pam on April 24, 2000 at 21:47:21:
I saw Fantasia 2000 at what's considered the best IMAX theatre in the country, at the Metreon in San Francisco. It was certainly more of an experience than a great film. Much like the original Fantasia. Like all anthology films, parts are better than the whole. The Beethoven 5th segment was amazing. Mesmerizing--and a great opening number. Sorcerer's Apprentice--the best of the original Fantasia--was blown up to Imax size--and didn't hold up so well. Purely a technical matter, but boy it looked like CRAP. I wished there'd beena way to increase the resolution. I was surprised how underdeveloped both the Flamingo and Rhapsody in Blue segments were. The animation was fun, and at least the Flamingo sequence was short (albeit a bit confusing). The Donald Duck sequence was completely unecessary. Well produced, artistically, but a shameful bump of a story, with not much content AT ALL. The Tin Soldier was beautiful, and much better than the rough cut I'd seen a couple of years ago. LOVE what was done with the computer technology. The story was slight, but clear and dramatic. My only beef was that while I love the music, not once did it feel connected to the animation. Kind of an odd choice... The Firebird was beautiful Great story, nice animation (unfortunately, I still prefer Bruno Bozzeto's Firebird from "Allegro Non Troppo" MUCH more...). For all of that, I'd say that if I'd had anything to do with Fantasia 2000 (and I didn't)--knowing it's a financial risk and will take quite a while to recoup it's investment--I'd have gone further out on a limb in terms of musical choices, subject matter, and visual daring. Pieces like Bernstein's "Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs," and maybe some Steve Reich, Mickey Hart, or even Frank Zappa. I think the artists who worked on the film should be proud, though. The technical ability of the Disney Feature Animation Department is outstanding.
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