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Fantasia 2000 is an animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, which premiered on December 17, 1999, and was released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution; first to IMAX theaters on December 31, 1999, and later to regular theatres in June 2000.
The film uses a similar format to Walt Disney's 1940 film Fantasia, visualizing classical music compositions with various forms of animation.
The music is performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, arrainged and conducted by James Levine except for 2 pieces arrainged by Peter Schickele, and the original Sorcerer's Apprentice taken from the original film. It is the 38th film in the Disney animated features canon.
The plan for the original Fantasia movie was for it to be a kind of permanently running show, periodically adding new episodes while others would be rotated out. However, the film's failure to achieve success at the box office, combined with the loss of the European market due to World War II, meant that the plan went unused. Accordingly, Fantasia 2000 implemented this idea by retaining the sequence with Mickey Mouse as the sorcerer's apprentice, arguably the most popular segment from the original film.
The music selections were made as a collective decision by Roy E. Disney, James Levine, and members of the production staff. Most were decisions driven by the musical preferences of the team; Roy personally chose the Pines of Rome. Other pieces were discovered long after the story ideas were set, such as the Steadfast Tin Soldier, where the visuals were based on artwork done for the original Fantasia, but the Shostakovitch piece was presented to the team by an animator relatively late into the production schedule. Rhapsody in Blue was a work already in ......
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