Fantasia 2000

  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Delightful, but may scare more sensitive kids.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 75 minutes





What parents need to know

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

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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 16, 2000
DVD release date:November 30, 2010
Cast:Angela Lansbury, Bette Midler, Steve Martin
Directors:Hendel Butoy, James Algar, Paul Brizzi, Pixote Hunt
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Music and sing-along
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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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 different styles of animation as well. My kids have been watching this since the ages of 2 and 4 years old. Yes, there are some scariness issues for some more sensitive kids, like an evil jack-in-the-box with a freakishly large head trying to get rid of the tin soldier, Donald and Daisy duck thinking the other had perished in the flood, or the forest nymph being "eaten" by the gigantic lava bird. My kids have never been bothered by those images, though. They love the music and the stories told with them!! I grew up with the original Fantasia and I honestly prefer this 2000. We have the original and my kids were completely bored with it. I highly recommend this movie to kids who enjoy classical music that aren't overly sensitive to somewhat scary material.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Teen, 15 years old Written bywho3697cares February 14, 2009
Inferior to the original Fantasia, but still satisfying.
Kid, 10 years old July 3, 2011

love it!

very well done with beautiful music. amazing!


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