2000 March 18

Fantasia 2000

Saw Fantasia 2000 at the Metreon IMAX last night with Straz and Mas and Moni. I liked it about as much as I liked the original, which is to say some parts worked brilliantly (Flamingos with Yoyos, the Steadfast Tin Soldier), some were just too much Disney for me to choke down (Donald and Daisy on Noah's Ark, the saccharine rendition of the Firebird), and some had a lot of promise that didn't quite pan out -- flying whales is cool, but flying whales jinking about like hummingbirds I can't quite swallow. The Pines of Rome I think was just too flighty a piece of music for the concept, or something like that.

But the winner, defined in the sense of the tune that remained stuck in my head while we were eating later, was Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

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