Fantasia began as a project that would be reborn and reimagined every time it was told. Walt envisioned it as the epitome of the artistic achievement of animation, and would relaunch it every few years with new sequences, new ideas and new ways of telling stories.
The problem was, after it was told the first time, it wasn’t touched again.
As the studio realized the strength of the animation renaissance that was gripping it, a few characters behind the scenes began scrapping ideas together for a Fantasia revival as early as 1991. The best storytellers in the company were invited to be a part of this project. Directors for each of the shorts in Fantasia 2000 were sourced from the crews of The Lion King, The Rescuers Down Under, The Fox and the Hound, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and even Hercules.
They were doing Walt’s work. But then the machine of the modern studio got in the way. As with many projects that try to live up to their history while renewing themselves, it turned into far more of a production than it needed to be.