Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Fantasia Fantasia 2000 Special Edition|
Actors: James Levine, Steve Martin, Leopold Stokowski, Ralph Grierson, Kathleen Battle
Directors: Ben Sharpsteen, Bill Roberts, Don Hahn, Eric Goldberg, Ford Beebe
Genres: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
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It's the censored version
D. Mackenzie | 11/06/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"It's really sad - now we finally have a home video format that can pretty much show us the same quality of 35mm film, so we get a copy of Fantasia - only censored.
The black centaurs have been removed from the film to avoid causing racial offense. I can understand why Disney are antsy, but frankly, the drawings don't seem inherently offensive in their own right (they're actually respecteful compared to the "blackface" gags of some of the old Warner and MGM cartoons).
Disney should look at how Warner handles content from an era where standards were different. They release their old material unedited and more importantly, they explain WHY it is being released unedited, rather than trying to hide it. Fantasia is hardly the best thing to come out of Disney, but it deserves better than this."
Another film enthusiast AGAINST censorship
dave-o | boston | 11/04/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Every 7 years or so, Disney squirts out FANTASIA and with every re-release, the Pastoral sequence is different. Given the rise of film geeks and the interest in authentic material, its a shame that Disney feels that it cannot put out the uncensored version in a responsible manner. Disney has done so with its problematic Silly Symphonies and the troublesome racial stereotypes they exhibit... why not the crown jewel of the collection?
Even more troubling to me is the digital erasure of "Sunflower"... the use of technology to whitewash history. Shameful. If you care about this sort of thing, send the Disney marketers a message and do not purchase this DVD."