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SHOSTAKOVICH'S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2, ALLEGRO, OPUS 102
(THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER)
Inspired by sketches created in the 1940s by a Disney story artist working on an adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, director Hendel Butoy discovered he had the perfect plot to go with this lively classical composition. Computer-generated imagery blends seamlessly with traditional hand-drawn animation in this delightfully entertaining tale, one of seven new segments created for Walt Disney Pictures' animated extravaganza "Fantasia/2000." The story follows the adventures of a brave tin soldier who overcomes incredible odds to rescue a beautiful ballerina from a sinister jack-in-the-box and win her heart.
 
THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER
(SHOSTAKOVICH'S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2, ALLEGRO, OPUS 102)
Director Hendel Butoy matched Hans Christian Andersen's magical fairy tale about a beautiful ballerina and a brave toy soldier to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich's "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102" for his version of "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," one of seven new segments created for Walt Disney Pictures' animated extravaganza "Fantasia/2000." "Fantasia/2000" was executive-produced by Roy Edward Disney and produced by Don Ernst. Butoy also served as the film's supervising animation director. James Levine conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
 
CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS (LE CARNAVAL DES ANIMAUX) FINALE
Providing an answer to the age-old question, "What would happen if you gave a yo-yo to a bunch of flamingos?," director Eric Goldberg serves up a wacky and witty interlude that adds color and comedy to the proceedings in Walt Disney Pictures' animated extravaganza "Fantasia/2000." Set to music by Camille Saint-SaŽns and coupled with vibrant watercolor stylings, this piece celebrates the wonder and excitement of daring to stand apart from the flock. The original idea for this segment came from veteran Disney storyman Joe Grant, who served as head of story on "Fantasia" and is still a vital member of the Studio's feature animation team at age 91.

 

MICKEY AND THE MAESTRO
Acclaimed conductor James Levine gets a helping hand from the Sorcerer's Apprentice as he prepares to take up his baton. Levine's 28-year association with the Metropolitan Opera has earned him a special place in the musical world. Among the many highlights of Levine's career was a 20-year stint as music director of the Ravinia Festival, where he led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra recorded the new musical selections for Walt Disney Pictures' animated extravaganza "Fantasia/2000."

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