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Disney; Fantasia 2000 Visions of Hope

SKU: Disney AB050111-167 $89.95
First Edition of: Fantasia 2000 Visions of Hope published by Disney Editions in 1999. Foreword by Roy E. Disney. Commentary by James Levine. Text by John Culhane. Bright blue cloth boards with pastedown cartoon illustration title and attributions in gilt. Title author and pub. on spine in gilt. 179 pages. Silver slipcase in very good condition. No dust jacket. Volume measures: 28.5cm. x 32.5cm. (Quarto). Volume is in as newcondition. Fantasia 2000 is a 1999 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. A sequel to 1940's Fantasia the film is the thirty-eighth animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics. It premiered in the United States on December 17 1999. As with its predecessor the film visualizes classical music compositions with various forms of animation and live-action introductions. Set pieces are introduced by a variety of celebrities including Steve Martin Bette Midler James Earl Jones Penn & Teller Itzhak Perlman Quincy Jones and Angela Lansbury. Most music is performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with James Levine conducting all numbers except The Sorcerer's Apprentice which used the original Fantasia recording conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Levine also arranged most scores except two pieces arranged by Peter Schickele as noted below. The composers and their works in the order in which they appear: cents cents Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor-I. Allegro con brio abstract patterns resembling butterflies and bats explore a world of light and darkness which are conquered by light at last. cents cents Ottorino Respighi's Pines of Rome this segment features a family of frolicking humpback whales that are able to fly due to a supernova. At one point the whale calf is separated from his parents when he's trapped in an iceberg later finding his way out with his mother's help. The final section the Via Appia gives the impression of the larger pod of adults in migration. cents cents George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue an episode of 1930s-era New York City depicting the day in the lives of several people within the Depression-era bustling metropolis as scenes drawn in the style of Al Hirschfeld's famous cartoons of the era including an animated cameo of Gershwin the composer himself at the piano (all through the use of ''a simple line on a piece of paper''). The little girl in the hotel is based on the Eloise character created by Kay Thompson and the red-haired man is based on John Culhane the author for the ''making of'' books for both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. cents cents Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major-I. Allegro based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The setting is appropriate the concerto was written as a gift by Shostakovich to his musically gifted young son and the percussive rhythms also suit a story about a soldier. However the ending is a happy one in contrast with that of the original story. cents cents Camille Saint-SaA ns's The Carnival of the Animals Finale A flock of flamingos try to force a slapstick member who enjoys playing with a yo-yo to engage in their ''dull'' routines designed to delight children with the on-screen hysterics: music arranged by Peter Schickele. A number of real yo-yo tricks including ''Walk the Dog''''Rock the Cradle'' and ''UFO'' are featured. The segment's genesis was a question in its host sequence: ''What would happen if you gave a yo-yo to a flock of flamingoes?''. cents cents Paul Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice a segment from the original Fantasia featuring Mickey Mouse. Mickey brings a broom to life with the magical hat left by his master to carry water to a cauldron but is in danger when he can't stop the broom. cents cents Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance Marches 1 2 3 and 4 is a pastiche of the story of Noah's Ark with Donald Duck as first mate to Noah. Donald musters the animals to the Ark and misses loses and is reunited with Daisy Duck in the process: music arranged by Peter Schickele including a wordless soprano solo by Kathleen Battle as part of the No. 1 March ('Land of Hope and Glory'). cents cents Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite 1919 Version the story of a spring sprite and her companion Elk. After a long winter she restores the life to the forest but accidentally awakes the fiery spirit of destruction (the namesake Firebird of the piece) in a nearby volcano. The Firebird proceeds in destroying the forest and seemingly the sprite. She is restored to life however after the destruction. Her spirit seems broken but after some encouraging from the Elk she restores the forest to its former verdancy. The story is considered an exercise in the theme of life-death-rebirth deities as well as a stylized interpretation of the eruption of Mount St. Helens which occurred at the onset of spring 1980 and the subsequent return of wildlife to the devastated region. Production Origins The plan for the original Fantasia 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. Composer Andr Previn reports in his book No Minor Chords that he was approached by Disney to work on a sequel to Fantasia. He declined the project when he learned that the soundtrack was at that point conceived of as an orchestration of Beatles songs. Development for Fantasia 2000 began in 1990 and production began the following year. 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 Pines of Rome. Other pieces were discovered long after the story ideas were set such as Steadfast Tin Soldier where the visuals were based on artwork done for the original Fantasia but the Shostakovich piece was presented to the team by an animator relatively late into the production schedule. Fantasia 2000 was originally scheduled for a release in the mid 1990s with the name Fantasia Continued: it was later renamed Fantasia 1999 until the release date was moved into 2000. In order to tie Fantasia 2000 to the original idea of a rotating program three sections from the original Fantasia were intended to remain in Fantasia 2000. However only The Sorcerer's Apprentice made it into the final release. The late addition of Rhapsody in Blue replaced Dance of the Hours a year before release and Nutcracker Suite was a part of Fantasia 2000 until a few months before it reached theaters. After several test screenings and after much of the publicity material had already been produced Nutcracker Suite was removed to shorten the running time of the film. Production Rhapsody in Blue was a work already in progress by director Eric Goldberg (lead animator for the Genie in Aladdin also inspired by Al Hirschfeld's art) when Disney approached him to complete the piece for the film. This decision was ideal given the head start on the work and so that the film could include a work from an American composer. Taking on Rhapsody in Blue also allowed Disney to keep the animators assigned to their feature Kingdom of the Sun (later released as The Emperor's New Groove) busy while Kingdom went through an extensive rewrite. Some press articles written after the completion of Groove reversed the roles saying that Goldberg first approached Disney for Rhapsody for Fantasia 2000 and was initially rejected and later the producers came back to him as a result of the need to find something to do with the animation staff while the Kingdom rewrite was going on. 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 have a piano in any segment. Fantasia 2000 features many technical innovations that would later be utilized in the Disney studio's other animation works particularly in the use of computers. Both Pines of Rome and The Steadfast Tin Soldier were primarily CGI pieces completed before Pixar's landmark film Toy Story was released. The horns on the elk in The Firebird were CGI-rendered on top of hand-drawn animation. The producers felt that some break between the musical segments was necessary to ''cleanse the palate'' so a series of ''interstitials'' were directed by Disney animation producer Don Hahn. Instead of using a single narrator as in Fantasia the individual pieces are introduced by people from different areas of the art world. After the film opens with Symphony No. 5 Steve Martin discusses the history of Fantasia being a continuing concept and is immediately followed by violinist Itzhak Perlman (though Steve wanted the camera back on him for his own violin performance breaking the fourth wall even after the film had ended) who introduces Pines of Rome. Quincy Jones leads into the Gershwin number and Bette Midler gives an introduction to the Shostakovich concerto (first mentioning some of the Disney studio's cancelled Fantasia segment projects including Destino) both featuring on screen the piano players for the respective pieces. James Earl Jones introduces Carnival of the Animals with director Eric Goldberg and appropriately enough magicians Penn & Teller make an appearance before The Sorcerer's Apprentice. When this piece concludes with Mickey Mouse's conversation with conductor Leopold Stokowski from the original Fantasia (with Mickey's lines from the original redubbed by his then voice actor Wayne Allwine) Mickey then moves on to chat with Levine before the latter introduces Pomp and Circumstance. The final sequence of The Firebird is introduced by Angela Lansbury. IMAx sound system When the film was first released to IMAx cinemas in 2000 it featured a multiple-channel sound system that surrounded the audience. This sound system was put to comical effect in the narrative segment preceding Pomp and Circumstance where Mickey Mouse went searching for Donald Duck. The soundtrack gave the illusion that Mickey Mouse was running about the theater behind the audience's seating. Reception Like its predecessor Fantasia 2000 was well received: it currently holds an 82% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The overall consensus was ''Though Fantasia may be flawed in parts overall it provides an entertaining experience for adults and children alike.'' The film grossed $90 million worldwide on an $80 million production budget. Home video Fantasia 2000 was released on its own on VHS and DVD in 2000 together with the 60th Anniversary Edition DVD of Fantasia. A DVD box set The Fantasia Anthology was also released including the two films and a bonus disc with special features entitled Fantasia Legacy. These are currently unavailable''locked'' in the ''Disney Vault''. In high-definition video Fantasia 2000 was released in a 2-movie Blu-ray collection alongside Fantasia in the United Kingdom on November 8 2010 and in a 4-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and a 2-Disc Special Edition DVD on November 30 2010 in the U.S. alongside Fantasia. The 4-Disc combo pack includes a Blu-ray and a DVD of Fantasia 2000 and a Blu-ray and a DVD of Fantasia. Included in this pack is the Disney/DalAshort Destino and other bonus features. This combo pack will return to the Disney Vault on April 30 2011 along with Pinocchio 70th anniversary Platinum Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and 2-disc DVD edition and the 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Diamond Edition and 2-disc DVD of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The 2010 release of Fantasia 2000 is dedicated to Roy Disney who died a year prior. Credits Symphony No. 5 First Movement: Allegro con Brio cents Designed and directed by Pixote Hunt cents Music composer: Ludwig van Beethoven cents Story by Kevin Yasuda cents Introduction by Deems Taylor (archived footage) cents Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Pines of Rome cents Directed by Hendel Butoy cents Music composer: Ottorino Respighi cents Story by James Fujii cents Art Direction by William Perkins and Dean Gordon cents Introduction by Steve Martin and Itzhak Perlman cents Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Rhapsody in Blue cents Written and directed by Eric Goldberg cents Music composer: George Gershwin cents Based upon Brookside Hill cents Art direction by Susan McKinsey Goldberg cents Design consultant: Al Hirschfeld cents Introduction by Quincy Jones cents Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Soundtrack release has a different version by the Philharmonia Orchestra) cents Featured pianist: Ralph Grierson cents Conducted by: Bruce Broughton Piano Concerto No. 2 Allegro Opus 102 cents Directed by Hendel Butoy cents Music composer: Dmitri Shostakovich cents Based upon ''The Steadfast Tin Soldier'' by Hans Christian Andersen cents Story development by James Capobianco and Ron Meurin cents Art direction by Michael Humphries cents Introduction by Bette Midler cents Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra cents Featured pianist: Yefim Bronfman Carnival of the Animals Finale cents Music composer: Camille Saint-SaA ns cents Written directed and animated by Eric Goldberg cents Art direction by Susan McKinsey Goldberg cents Introduction by James Earl Jones cents Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra cents Conducted by James Levine The Sorcerer's Apprentice cents Repeated from the original Fantasia feature cents Musical score: Paul Dukas cents Directed by James Algar cents Story development by Dick Huemer Joe Grant Perce Pearce James Capobianco and Carl Fallberg cents Art direction: Tom Codrick Charles Phillipi and Zack Schwartz cents Animation supervisors: Fred Moore and Vladimir Tytla cents Animators: Les Clark Riley Thompson Marvin Woodward Preston Blair Edward Love Ugo D'Orsi George Rowley and Cornett Wood cents New introduction by Penn & Teller cents Performed by an ensemble of Hollywood studio musicians conducted by Leopold Stokowski Pomp and Circumstance Marches 1 2 3 and 4 cents Directed by Francis Glebas cents Music composer: Sir Edward Elgar cents Art direction by Daniel Cooper cents Based upon ''Noah's Ark'' from the Book of Genesis cents Story development by Robert Gibbs Terry Naughton Todd Kurosawa Pat Ventura Don Dougherty and Stevie Wermers cents Introduction by Leopold Stokowski (archive footage) Mickey Mouse (voice of Wayne Allwine) James Levine Donald Duck (voice of Tony Anselmo) and Daisy Duck (voice of Russi Taylor: her only sound here being a scream when Mickey enters her dressing room by mistake while looking for Donald) cents Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra featuring Kathleen Battle cents Supervising animator: Mickey Mouse (from the Introduction) by Andreas Deja Firebird Suite 1919 version cents Written and directed by Paul and GaA tan Brizzi cents Music composer: Igor Stravinsky cents Art direction by Carl Jones cents Supervising animator: Sprite by Anthony DeRosa cents Supervising animator: Elk by Ron Husband cents Supervising animator: Firebird by John Pomeroy cents Introduction by Angela Lansbury cents Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra