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BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONY NO. 5
Set to the familiar strains of Beethoven's classic symphony, director Pixote Hunt uses abstract imagery and a beautiful pastel palette to tell this tale of good versus evil, one of seven new segments created for Walt Disney Pictures' animated extravaganza "Fantasia/2000." The story follows a "great controversy" between two groups of objects, differing in shape and color, and the buildup to a climactic confrontation. Using an innovative approach that texture-maps pastel colors onto traditional hand-drawn animation as well as some dazzling computer-generated effects, this fantasy takes flight. Hunt, a talented animator, art director ("The Rescuers Down Under"), and director ("The Pagemaster"), conceived this segment and saw it through from storyboard to completion.
 
SYMPHONY NO. 5
Director Pixote Hunt used abstract imagery and a beautiful pastel palette to depict a colorful tale of good versus evil in Ludwig van Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5," one of seven new segments created for Walt Disney Pictures' animated extravaganza "Fantasia/2000."

 
THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE
Mickey Mouse cast a magic spell over moviegoers with his entrancing role in "Fantasia" and rode a new wave of popularity. In this returning classic segment in Walt Disney Pictures' animated extravaganza "Fantasia/2000," directed by James Algar with music by Paul Dukas, the versatile mouse star finds himself in over his head when he puts on a different hat and tries to work a little magic of his own. Naturally he lands in deep water. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was the genesis for "Fantasia" back in 1937 and served as the springboard for Walt Disney's Concert Feature.

 

THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE
Mickey Mouse's classic appearance as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." "Fantasia/2000" was executive-produced by Roy Edward Disney and produced by Don Ernst. Hendel Butoy served as the film's supervising animation director. James Levine conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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