Animation Monday: Fantasia 2000

Welcome back to Animation Monday.  Today, we look at the sequel to 1940’s Fantasia….Fantasia 2000.  The Fantasia movies are unique in the world of Disney animation.  They are entirely musical, most specifically, symphonic musicals which are a tough sell to movie goers.  On the flip side, they are the only Disney movies to predominately feature Mickey Mouse so this should increase their popularity.  What both Fantasia movies have in common is they marked periods of decline for Walt Disney Animation at the box office.  The original Fantasia had to work against World War 2 and it’s innovative Fantasound system which had to be installed before viewing.  Fantasia 2000 was the first animated feature to be released in IMAX but this wasn’t enough to stem the tide against the movement toward computer animation.  At the box office, Fantasia 2000 was a flop.

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Animation Monday – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is this week’s feature movie on Animation Monday.  The movie was released during what is viewed now as Disney’s second decline in animated movies.  Things were starting to move from hand-drawn animation to computer-aided and then finally computer-animated movies.  Given the size of Disney’s animation department, Disney was slow to adapt to this change.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released in 1996 when hand-drawn animated movies still had a place in theaters.  Like Mulan and Hercules, it was a box office success.  The film grossed $325 million on a budget of $100 million.

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Three Days at Walt Disney World and Never Enter The Parks

Walt Disney World is a vast playground filled with fun and adventure for people of all ages.  When most people think “Disney,” they think of the four theme parks which are the most attended theme parks in the world.  However, Walt Disney World has a lot more to offer than just four theme parks.  Today’s article is going to take a look on how to spend four days at Walt Disney World and never step foot in the parks.  Sounds strange but some people want to experience Disney but not experience the parks.  This post is for them.  It can be done.  Let’s dive into our hypothetical vacation.

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10 Attractions Where You Don’t Need a Fastpass+

Walt Disney World is full of attractions.  Some attractions always have long lines and are tough Fastpass+ reservations to get.  However, there are plenty of attractions where the wait times are short and it is almost never a problem to get a Fastpass+ reservation (if the attraction is even eligible for Fastpass+ reservations).

This article is going to unearth these attractions and help you enjoy your day in the parks no matter how large or small the crowds.

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Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat – The AristoCats

Welcome to Animation Monday and this week, we dive into the 20th movie released by Walt Disney Animation Studio….The AristoCats.  The AristoCats premiered on December 11, 1970 before a full release on Christmas Eve in 1970.  The film had a budget of $4 million dollars but made lots of money for the studio with a box office take of $55.7 million.

This film was one of only four films released by the studio in the 1970s along with Robin Hood, The Rescuers, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  Like many animated movies of the time, The AristoCats is a short movie coming in at only 78 minutes in length.

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