Fantasia 2006 (partially lost production material for cancelled Disney animated film sequel; 2002-2004)

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Poster for Fantasia 2000.

Status: Partially Found

Fantasia 2006 was a planned third movie in the Fantasia series of films. The film started development in 2002 and had a release date of 2006. However though, it was cancelled in 2004.

Development[edit | edit source]

Fantasia 2006 started production in 2002. It was to be the first movie in the Fantasia series to feature music from all around the world, not just classical European pieces. It was also to be the first movie in the series to incude singing, which was going to be shown in several of the shorts. There was an unspecified number of shorts made, but it can be reasoned that it was probably six. A planned segment rumored to be included would have been set inside of Australia. It was also heavily rumored that there was going to be a British sequence sent in tone to music by The Beatles. The film was canned in 2004 after a series of under-performing films caused Disney to shut down their hand-drawn animation studios in Florida in the same year. Only 23 minutes of animation was produced, which were the four shorts that were released to the public.[1]

List of Completed Shorts[edit | edit source]

Destino[edit | edit source]

Destino started out as a collaboration in 1945 between friends Walt Disney and Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. There were storyboards and 17 seconds of test animations that were produced, as well as Dora Luz, a Mexican singer who had previously worked on The Three Caballeros, recorded the main song for the short. Trouble arose in 1946 as financial troubles from World War II put the project on a 58-year hiatus. In 2003, while working on Fantasia 2000, and then Fantasia 2006 Walt's son, Roy E. Disney decided to resurrect the project. It is currently only been released on home media once, as part of a limited release in 2010 of the original Fantasia.

Lorenzo[edit | edit source]

Lorenzo was created by Joe Grant, one of Disney's 9 Old Men, back in 1949. The main plot of Lorenzo was about a cat's tail having a mind of its own. There were storyboards that were produced for the short, but it was abandoned until 2004 when the people who worked on Fantasia 2006 thought it would be a good idea to resurrect the project. Lorenzo would later on get an Annie Award in 2005 for best animated short and an Oscar nomination. The short was released on the Blu-Ray of Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection.

One by One[edit | edit source]

One by One started out as a song written for another Disney animated film, The Lion King. The song was cut from the main film but still made its way into the Broadway version of The Lion King. As the Broadway version became a big success, the piece of music was developed into a short for Fantasia 2006. The short starts out in South Africa, where some children are inspired to fly kites from a magical feather. The children go around the town they live in, collecting items to build and fly their kites. They all fly in unison, creating symbolism for peace. The short was packaged in the 2006 and 2012 DVD versions of The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride.

The Little Matchgirl[edit | edit source]

The Little Matchgirl is based on a story of the same name by Hans Christian Anderson. It follows the story of a little homeless girl selling matches on the cold streets during the wintertime. The short is set to the Nocturn movement from Russian composer Alexander Borodin’s “String Quartet No. 2 in D Major. Just like the poem, the short is very melancholy in tone. It has been released on the 2007 and 2013 home media releases of The Little Mermaid as well as on the Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection as a bonus feature.

Videos[edit | edit source]

One by One
The Little Matchgirl

External Link[edit | edit source]

Reference[edit | edit source]

  1. An article on Fantasia 2006. Retrieved 13 Apr '18