Fantasia Remix is an American live-action/animated fantasy musical film, serving as the third installment in the Fantasia film series, being co-directed by Eric Goldberg and Jennifer Lee. It is produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, being released on Disney+ on July 16th, 2020.

Plot

Summary

Ten new musical segments are animated with no words and only music and animation.

Hosts

Segments

  • The Four Seasons - Two star-crossed lovers are forced to split off when their families get into a conflict where they are trying to attack each other. Now, the lovers try to unite again while convincing their families that their love is real and must survive.
  • Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 - Goofy is the assistant to a master pianist as he tries to keep the concert under control.
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Mickey is the apprentice of Yen Sid as he battles living broomsticks.
  • In the Hall of the Mountain King - The sole knight of a nearby village heads to Bald Mountain learning that Chernabog has caused a mass resurgence of demons to cause chaos.
  • 1812 Overture - Set in Napoleonic France, as a battle between the Napoleonic forces and the Russians has imploded, a boy tries to survive the issuing chaos and find his way back home.
  • Dance of the Knights - A medieval feast is happening as the various knights and nobles celebrate and have fun. One of them who is accidentally and slowly trashing the feast by trying to impress a beautiful lady.
  • The Blue Danube - In a post-apocalyptic Earth, a woman raises a baby while trying to escape from a terrifying bat-like creature.
  • O Fortuna/Ode to Joy - A sailor heads on a journey home and is forced to face giant sea monsters and a raging storm.
  • Boléro - A flock of birds is migrating from their forest to unknown places in the world while they deal with a predatory pack of vultures.
  • Chariots of Fire - A young Olympian tries to get a place between the best as he faces some mean-spirited athletes from other regions as they want to win the competition and try to discredit him by considering him weak as it only motivates him to do the best he can, showing that being humble is better than being arrogant.

Release

Critical reception

The film was received with critical acclaim, being praised for Disney's efforts to bring traditional animation back to mainstream rather than making it CGI like most their releases in recent years and reviving people's interest on classical music while blended with vivid animation and a beautiful combination of colors and writing. However, the choice of Chariots of Fire was initially seen with some skepticism due to being a more contemporary musical score and the use of electronic instruments, but Disney backed the decision due to its association with the Olympic Games and the tune being perfectly suitable for the theme they were to explore.

The live-action interstitials also received generally positive reviews, being praised for its host choices and TBD.

Logo variations

  • Walt Disney Pictures: the 2006 logo plays normally, although featuring its full name like most of its pre-2011 releases with a majestic reorchestration of its fanfare, being reorchestrated by Brian Tyler.
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios: the 2007 logo plays normally.

Trivia

  • Like the first two films, the only speaking roles are those of the hosts of the segments, safe for some vocal effects by Chris Diamantopoulos as Mickey Mouse and Bill Farmer as Goofy Goof.
  • This film marks Disney's return to traditional animation.
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice is the only segment to not be original to it, being originally created for Fantasia and remastered for Fantasia 2000, with its animation and soundtrack being digitally remastered into 4K.
  • The choice of Chariots of Fire was mainly made to coincide with the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan, despite being postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Coincidentally, The Walt Disney Company now owns the international rights for the homonymous film through its acquisition of 20th Century Studios while its domestic rights are still owned by longtime competitor Warner Bros. as the segment includes a homage to the film's iconic beach running sequence.
  • The film was originally planned to be theatrically released, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was directly released on Disney+ instead to not postpone the film.
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