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Fantasia 3000 is a 2018 American animated film by Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Pictures, produced by Roy E. Disney and Donald W. Ernst. It is the 57th Disney animated feature film and a sequel to Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000 (1999). Like its' predecessors Fantasia 3000 consists of animated segments set to pieces of classical music. Stars such as George Clooney, Dustin Hoffman, Denzel Washington, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Mumford & Sons, Jenna Ushkowitz and Andre Rieu introduce each segment in live action sequences beset by the Philadelphia Harmonic Orchestra and directed by Don Hahn. The film like Fantasia 2000 combines traditional 2D animation in its' segments along with various other forms of animation including stop-motion, 3D animation and computer generated imagery. Fantasia 3000 was released like its' predecessors first exclusively in IMAX theatees on January 11th, 2018 and then in all other theatres on January 24th, 2018. The film was a box office and commercial success garnering positive reception.

Program

The film begins with a bevy of images introducing the previous Fantasia films, their presenters and orchestras. George Clooney's voice then introduces us to the world of Fantasia and the conception of Fantasia 3000. The Philadelphia Orchestra then enters with their conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin entering last and signalling the beginning of the first piece.

  • Liebestraum No.3 in Flat Major by Franz Liszt. Images representing the four elements, primary and secondary colours are displayed in accordance to each note.The different forms of animation rendering close out the piece. The segment is introduced by George Clooney.
  • Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner and 1812 Overture (Full with Cannons) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Woden guides the Wild Hunt across an ever-changing sky beset by storms where they come into battle and must retreat from ghostly riders who suddenly attack. Woden himself eventually becomes a ghostly rider himself as he turns on his legion of followers. Two particular riders face off against him as another is able to rally the last remaining men and guide them to Valhalla where they are greeted by Valkyrie women who embrace them in to glowing light and beauty. Amongst the riders is the hounds of hell, the beastly Jotunn, fairies in the forms of overpassing glowing orbs and the men themselves appear Elvish in their features. The segment is introduced by Dustin Hoffman.
  • Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring are seen tended to by four categories of Elemental beings who contribute to each's specific season based on their element. First Summer which is the inner workings of Salamanders in a volcanco and Earth's gas giant, their segment ends with a beach of people being provided heat. Autumn sees Gnomes helping to sprout the trees of an Autumn forest, soon beset by people. Winter has male and female Sylphs fly through the air over a small village providing cool changes that culminate in snow and what becomes Winter. Female Undines proceed through ruins washing over water and eventually resulting in as they vanish the ruins sprouting into nature and rainshowers signalling the beginning of Spring. All four categories of Elemental creatures gather in the end at a temple and celebrate in a festival of dancing and their amazing powers. The segment is introduced by Gena Rowlands.
  • Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still. A Stop Motion animation variation on the North African fairy tale The Daughter of Buk Ettemsuch. In this version the youngest surviving African daughter of a family whose older sisters were consumed by a bone laden witch seeks refuge with an Ogre in a secret African castle. The Ogre proceeds to provide provisions for the girl and sees her saddened by the loss of her sisters and departure from her parents holding their tribal family necklaces close to her prompting the Ogre to bring her family and village back to her. The Ogre is instantly seen as the monster responsible for the deaths of their community and is bound and killed out the front of its' castle before the eyes of the daughter. Her tears and sparing of her own family beaded necklace resurrects the ogre in time to save her as the Bone Witch reappears and takes her deep into the castle to cook her. The Ogre destroys his own castle home and is able to save the daughter from the witch by crushing her with his fist. Upset by the destruction of his own and guided back to the village to live with them, at the village's riverside where the youngest daughter had ventured earlier and resulted in the Bone Witch devouring her siblings a new castle is erected, and the village, daughter, her family and the Ogre proceed on into it as their new home offset by the village. The segment is introduced by Denzel Washington.
  • Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) by Unknown. A photographic animated segment portraying the ringing of the Japanese Bonsho bells at a Kyoto Buddhist temple, the origami fashioned by a young girl and the culmination of Cherry Blossoms sprouting and discarding its' leaves to be carried to the temple, the home of the little girl and her family, the samurai abandoning the warfield and the Geisha fleeing her demanding studio into the woods. The segment is introduced by Jenna Ushkowitz and is the first ever Fantasia segment piece featuring a symphony by an unknown composer.
  • Funeral March Of The Marionette by Charles Gounod. A 3D animated segment that chronicles the funeral service of a Burmese Marionette broken by a fall as his old strings broke. Teddy bears, dolls and various other toys of an old theatre guide him to burial in a solemn garden. The piece is introduced by Mumford & Sons Marcus Mumford and Ben Lovett.
  • Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens. A traditionally animated segment portraying the Dance of Death in an undisclosed Parisian village locale and cemetery as the skeletal Death with his violin and troupe of spirits who entertain the local cemetery groundskeeper and his pet parakeet with a dance he joins in and eventually passes on with them. The segment is introduced by Andre Rieu.
  • Lacrimosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Traditionally animated segment portraying the story of Rip Van Winkle who falls asleep leaving his companion Goofy to contend with mischievous gremlins and the destruction of he and Winkle's village. The story ends as Winkle awakens twenty years in the future aged and a result of the gremlins of war. Goofy has grown and with Clarabelle is the mayor of the newly formed town after the revolution and who after helping him reconnect with his daughter, now fully grown. The segment ends with the elderly Goofy and Winkle walking off into the Catskill mountains once more. The segment is introduced by Susan Sarandon.
  • Dance of the Knights by Sergei Prokofiev. The final segment, traditionally animated depicting a colossal spider monster entitled Borak and the Owl creature Milos that along with children boy and girl destroys the monster in its' terrifying lair, Borak responsible for the poisoning of several children in the village. The segment is introduced by George Clooney who closes the program in reflection of all the story pieces presented in Fantasia 3000.
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