Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Fantasia 2000. The film is the thirty-eighth from Walt Disney Animation Studios and a sequel to the 1940 film Fantasia. Like the first, it lacks a traditional narrative instead presenting a series of segments set to music.
The original intention for the 1940 film was to create a series of Fantasia films that would continually push animation and present new segments along with rereleasing previous ones. While the film was a critical success it did not do well at the box office so the plans were shelved. However, the home video success of the film caused Disney to revive the idea and this film was produced.
The film was the first feature-length animated feature to be released in the IMAX format. Like the original, the film received positive reviews from critics but was considered a financial disappointment. The film received numerous award nominations winning several. Plans for a third film were cancelled while segments that had begun production were released as individual shorts.
Bob Persichetti worked as a rough inbetweener on the film.