Currently Burning: Sweet Comfort
Fantasia 2000 is the follow-up movie to the original Fantasia. I really love the way the music and the images play off each other.
The first segment is Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C-minor and is an abstract animation with colors and shapes representing butterflies and bats. It's a fight between light and dark with light ultimately winning.
The 2nd piece is the Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi. This piece is gorgeous. This is an animation of whales that are able to fly due to a supernova explosion. There's a whale calf that is separated from the rest inside of an iceberg at one point, but is reunited in the end.
The 3rd piece is Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. I really love this piece. It's so fun and upbeat! The animation depicts the life of several people set in a 1930s depression-era New York City.
The 4th piece is Piano Concerto No. 2 in F-major by Dmitri Shostakovich. The animation is based on the story of the Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen. I'm not a huge fan of this one.
The 5th piece is The Carnival of the Animals, Finale by Camille Saint-Saens. The animation features a flamingo with a yo-yo. The rest of the flock tries to quell him the entire time and it's quite humorous.
The 6th piece is The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas. This was in the original Fantasia. Micky Mouse plays the apprentice of the sorcerer Yen Sid. He attempts to use some of his master's music before knowing how to control it.
The 7th piece is Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar. Most people have heard part of the first movement of this piece at graduations. It's set to the story of Noah's Ark with Donald Duck playing Noah.
The Final piece is the Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky. I really like this piece and it's a good finale to the movie. A forest sprite and her elk companion inadvertently awaken the Firebird inside of a volcano.
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