Fantasia 2000

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Delightful, but may scare more sensitive kids.
  • G
  • 2000
  • 75 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 11 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

This film serves as an introduction to symphonic music and its capacity to build both story and emotion. The well-known works of classic composers (Shostakovich, Respighi, Wagner, Gershwin, and more) underscore the pictures on the screen. The relationship between sight and sound is clearly explained by a series of celebrity narrators.

Positive Messages

Music is a powerful way to enhance storytelling and heighten emotions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are a number of (all male) heroic characters who bravely triumph over evil.

Violence & Scariness

Penn and Teller pretend to hack off a hand, but it is quickly shown to be a trick. There are three animated segments of this film where dark, menacing music is used to intensify scary visual effects. In “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” an evil jack-in-the-box, with bared teeth and sinister eyes, threatens a ballerina and the tin soldier who loves her. He pops up, looms large over his prey, and chases them accompanied by lots of scary rodents with mean red eyes. In “The Firebird Suite” the visual story is one of life, death, and renewal. Fire, giant birds of prey, and red-eyed creatures fill the screen with menace and ominous images. Finally, in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” taken directly from the original Fantasia, Mickey Mouse is a young wizard who cannot control the frenzied brooms that his magic has set in motion. The result is an intense storm, a giant whirlpool, and waves of water completely overpowering the scene.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the dark, scary images in this film, combined with some thundering, ominous musical selections, may be frightening to very young or very sensitive viewers. There are several evil characters: an overpowering jack-in-the-box with glaring eyes and scary teeth, some marauding rats, soaring and threatening eagles, raging fires, giant waves, and one Penn & Teller trick depicting an axe and a severed hand (immediately shown to be pretend). In addition, a young whale is momentarily separated from its parents, and Donald Duck loses track of Daisy for a period of time to their great dismay. Fantasia 2000 is a sequel to Fantasia, which was originally made in 1940 and has been released numerous times. This newer film is a shorter, modern version with computer-generated images, a faster pace, more humor and more of the slick animation today’s audiences expect.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant and 2-year-old Written byMr.Haugen February 22, 2011

Great Music, Great animation

This is the favorite movie of my 2 year old. He loves the music, and often uses it as background music while he plays with other toys.
Some things are slightly... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 6-year-old Written byParatrooperWife October 19, 2009

Beautiful and Exciting for Parents and Kids (who aren't overly sensitive)

I've been really big into exposing our kids to all different types of genre of music. This not only exposes them to some different styles of music, but di... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old November 28, 2009
Teen, 17 years old Written byThat'll do August 25, 2016

Imaginative and fun film with nothing objectionable.

Is it a truly and magical film. It is beautiful animation set to beautiful music. Since it is all music and orchesta leaders talking about the music, there is n... Continue reading

What's the story?

FANTASIA 2000 begins with glimpses and sound clips from the original floating into view, and then suddenly we are in the midst of Beethoven's Fifth, accompanied by an abstract battle between groups of triangles. Then Steve Martin comes on to make a joke, and we're off to the next episode, whales in moonlight, to Respighi's "Pines of Rome." The light on the water, the stillness, the dignity and grace of the whales in the water and as they float up into the sky are magnificent. Other segments include a rollicking Al Hirschfeld-inspired look at 1930's New York, to the music of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," a very romantic "Steadfast Tin Soldier" set to Dimitri Shostakovich's second piano concerto, and a mystical tale about death and rebirth in the forest, to Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite." From the original, we get Mickey as the Sorcerer's Apprentice, even more sensational on the huge screen, with glowing colors and dazzling detail. And Donald finally gets his chance, as Sir Edward Elgar's famous "Pomp and Circumstance" accompanies not a procession of graduates to their diplomas but a procession of animals to Noah's ark. Celebrities like Angela Lansbury, Quincy Jones, and James Earl Jones provide smooth transitions.

Is it any good?

Disney called the original Fantasia "a grand mixture of comedy, fantasy, ballet, drama, impressionism, color, sound, and epic fury," and that well describes the very worthy successor. This charming film is funny, imaginative, and really dazzling, and probably a better entertainment choice for young kids than the original.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way that music makes pictures in our heads, and experiment by asking children to draw pictures as they listen to music. How does the movie's music match each of its segments?

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