The Fantasia Anthology

Along with
i Fantasia
i0 and
i Fantasia 2000
i0 , the anthology set contains a third disc that examines a segment of both movies in detail. Each segment has an introduction that has experts (including Leonard Maltin), producer Roy E. Disney, or the animators setting up the piece's history. Notes on the music and dozens of design photos are included on all the segments, although others offer more intriguing features. Abandoned animation is shown on many segments, as are a few behind-the-scenes shorts; the most intriguing are experts from Walt Disney's hosted documentaries on how his company made movies. As for the photos, they are awkwardly catalogued and only the most patient of viewers would want to look at all of them. In some segments, though, these images are entertainingly produced as a "story reel," presenting these images--rough animation, sketches, pastel paintings--with the musical accompaniment. For those looking for a more well-rounded view of the films, the two one-hour documentaries on each film's disc lay the groundwork, but none of the anthology looks at how the first film was seen through the years or gives time to anyone who wasn't gung-ho about every element of the films. There is hardly a mention of embarrassing stereotypes that were matted (and still are) out of the "Pastoral" segment, or the intriguing aspect of the film as a '60s icon for the ultimate head-trip. Disney does let their guard down to show sequences that were being readied in 1940 for future editions (including a recently restored short scored to "Clair de Lune"). Most tantalizing is a look at how the special effects were done in the original film. The guide is a scrapbook that one of the technicians kept and was discovered only in 1990. Fans can only hope a reproduction will be made available someday.
i --Doug Thomas

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upc: 0786936141030
title: The Fantasia Anthology
theatricalDate: 06-01-1942
stars: Corey Burton
Walt Disney
Hugh Douglas (II)
James MacDonald (II)
Julietta Novis
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: Walt Disney Video
published: 14-11-2000
price: $69.99
net Rating: 4.5
MPAA Rating: G
minutes: 491
number of media: 3
last lookup time: 203998768
genre: Animation
7-9 Years
10-12 Years
Family Films
Animated Movies
3-6 Years
7-11 Years
For the Whole Family
Kids & Family
Music Video & Concerts
fullTitle: The Fantasia Anthology (3-Disc Collector's Edition)
features: Anamorphic
Box set
DTS Surround Sound
Full Screen
edition: 3-Disc Collector's
director: James Algar
Samuel Armstrong
Ford Beebe
Norman Ferguson
Jim Handley
currentValue: $88.88
created: 203998736
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B00004Y7S5