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.
Welcome back to Animation Monday. This week, we continued to focus on the early/World War 2-era of Disney movies with the sixth movie in the Walt Disney Animation Film collection.
This movie introduces Disney movie-goers to Donald Duck’s friend from Brazil, Jose Caroica. This is also the first of the “compilation” films that marked the World War 2 era of Disney movies. Saludos Amigos was four shorts combined into one longer movie. Donald Duck was the star of two of the shorts while Goofy started in a third. A new character, Pedro, started in the last short.
Disney has a lot of animated movies and shorts out there. The first volume of Animation Monday is going to focus on the films relased by Walt Disney Animation Studios. By the time, I’ve gone through all of them, there will be 56 films in total. Currently, there are 54 films but Zootopia and Moana will release during the series. I went into a random number generator to determine the order that I will review the films. There are some great runs of Disney movies and some dry spells and I wanted to break those up. I will attempt to watch the films before review but some of the films are hard to find even on the Disney Movies Anywhere app. Today, we start with the 8th movie released by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Many people look at The Little Mermaid as sparking a new golden age of Disney films. For the most part, they are right. The Little Mermaid did bring back Walt Disney Animation to the forefront. But today, I want to talk about the movies which preceded The Little Mermaid. There are five very good movies sandwiched between the 1977 release of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the 1989 release of The Little Mermaid.