Fantasia 2000 is a 1999 American animated film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Produced by Roy E. Disney and Donald W. Ernst, it is the 38th feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and sequel to Fantasia (1940). Like its predecessor, Fantasia 2000 consists of animated segments set to pieces of classical music. A group of celebrities introduce each segment in live action scenes directed by Don Hahn, including Steve Martin, Itzhak Perlman, Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones, Penn & Teller, and Angela Lansbury.
After numerous unsuccessful attempts to develop a Fantasia sequel, Disney revived the idea shortly after Michael Eisner became chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company in 1984. The commercial success of the 1991 home video release of Fantasia convinced Eisner that there was enough public interest and funds for a sequel and assigned Disney as executive producer. The music to six of the film’s eight segments is performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with conductor James Levine. The film includes The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from the original. Each new segment was produced by combining traditional animation with computer generated imagery.
Fantasia 2000 premiered on December 17, 1999 at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of a concert tour that also visited London, Paris, Tokyo, and Pasadena, California. The film was released in 75 IMAX theaters worldwide from January 1 to April 30, 2000, marking the first animated feature-length film released in the format. Its general release in traditional theaters followed on June 16, 2000. Some critics praised the film while others singled out its uneven quality. Budgeted at approximately $80–$85 million, the film has earned $90.8 million in gross revenue worldwide.