Fantasia Blu-Ray Review

Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
I have seen the original poster, and I love it. I’m not a Disney fanwoman or anything like that. I just like the majesty of Mickey’s ‘tada’ pose is cheerful and a little mysterious. The cover of this disc set is not getting me so excited. They didn’t call to get my opinion before they went to print, so there ya go. I wouldn’t want this as a poster, but I would like that original one:)

Features: 10/10

  • Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 Both Movies Included – Yea, both movies, of course.
  • Disney Family Museum – We are introduced to the daughter of Walt as she tells us about the museum that’s all about his life, the history of the company, and American animation. It’s not very long, but it kind of made me want to go there…dang it, those Disney mind-diggers.
  • The Schultheis Notebook – The man behind the special effects made a very sophisticated book full of photos, specifications, and super detailed information about every camera angle and more. He was devoted, questionably obsessed, with his job and all of his effort to document it preserve the once lost magical ways of the Disney studios back in the day when they were still experimental and bold. It’s an awesome extra, love it.
  • Interactive Art Gallery – Art, I love art, more more more:)
  • Audio Commentary on Fantasia  – I am not normally a purist, but an audio commentary over this particular movie kind of takes the joy out of it.
  • Destino – Oh OH OH OH OH, there are very few things that make me do that mouth gaping open, eyes oogling, necked craned, brain fully satisfied. This is Salvador Dali and Disney came together to make this animated piece of art. It wasn’t finished when they were alive, but in the past few years it has been fully realized and is mesmerizing.
  • Dali & Disney Documentary – How did these two very different dudes find each other in the art and animation world?
  • Musicana – All about the music, and the music is a big deal in this movie.
  • Audio Commentary on Fantasia 2000 – More commentary, great for you if you want more background on the shorts, but not great if you are me and you like the lack of talkin’ through the movie.

The Movie: 9/10
I’m supposed to love it. Right? I mean, it’s a classic, innovative, creative, technical achievement. It’s got Mickey Mouse. There is awesome music and it does do something in my art loving mind that makes me happy. There is something, though, something that might have been lost on my mood on the day we watched it. I was in a good, comfy, relaxed mood. That doesn’t lend itself to me getting lost in music and hand drawn animation

That’s not saying I didn’t get sucked in now and then. The opening sequence is my favorite. It’s more abstract, more lifting of my mind from the mundane forces of real life. That’s what I want the whole movie to do for me, but it was hit and miss. Don’t hate me, but the Mickey bit doesn’t get me all tingly inside. It is fun and the telling of an old story is charming in that smiling way that only Disney wobbly Mickey feet and attitude can do.

Drawing is one of my weaknesses. Draw it and I’ll look at it. That’s the hook babeeeee. Let me be as cliche as I possibly can, my eyes danced around the screen happily, enchanted. See, how sappy I can get even when I’m not in love with a movie? It’s the way that day played out I guess. On another day I might have been drooling with unwavering devotion to every second of Fantasia. I’ll watch again and see if I can find that day. I think it needs to be a day when it’s cold outside, the quilt is warm, the cup of tea is hot, and I’m alone needing to soak up some chilly day entertainment. Don’t ask me how I come up with this stuff, it just flows out my fingertips.

Here’s what I do truly love about the movie. It’s unlike any other Disney feature, or any other feature movie I’ve seen in my life. It’s ahead of its time and as I watch it I know it was a triumph. That might not be the romantic kind of feelings a lot of people have about Fantasia, but that’s the beauty of it, to each her own.

Music. Art. Music. Art….hmmm I’m on the couch with the quilt and it’s cold outside….could be time to watch again right now!

Audio & Video: 9/10
Another amazing Disney HD restoration is brought to you courtesy of this new Fantasia BD Disc. Both Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 look stunning (2000 looks better but duh it’s a newer production. )The original is probably one of the best restorations I have seen. Preserving the 1.33:1 aspect ratio Disney have also included a DisneyView mode which fills the letterbox with paintings that are themed to the particular scene you are watching. It might seem like a gimmick but it actually makes a big difference to the movie.

Fantasia is almost all music, aside from a little narration which is painfully stiff. The engineers really did a great job of taking a film from a long time ago and making the soundtrack use today’s surround effects. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby True HD 7.1 Master Audio.

Overall this is an exceptional disc technically, you really do need to be a fan to appreciate the movies though.

Value: 7/10
I is one of those movies that about a couple billion people will be putting on their shelf for safe keeping and repeat viewing for years to come. So, for it to be over twenty-five bucks or even thirty in some places I think they got a bit big for their britches. Those little Disney folks with their prices and stuff…..bwah If it were closer to $20 I’d feel I would let them sell it to me. OH, the one thing that is worth the price for me is the Dali short Destino, so I might complain about the cost, but then I would spend that or more on just the artsy extra.

Overall Score 9/10