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Fantasia 2006: What Could Have Been

“Little Match Girl”

The final of the four shorts released that would have been included in Fantasia 2006. Only watch this if you want your heart devastated. 

Based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale, a little orphan girl tries to make money to survive by selling matches, unfortunately, no one wants to buy matches and the little girl has no food or shelter. So in the night, to pass the time and keep a little warm, she lights the matches that she is trying to sell and fantasizes about a better life, filled with Christmas and grandmothers and food and happiness. 

But… as she burns all the matches, she is left in the cold… and freezes to death. The last scene being her grandmother coming to take her soul to Heaven. Yep, Disney didn’t hold any punches this time. And it creates a heartbreaking segment…

And its such a shame that Fantasia 2006 never saw the light of day, because the four released planned segments for the movie were all more interesting individually than the entire Fantasia 2000 put together. Maybe its the inclusion of vocal music of the world flavor, but each story had much more heart for this cancelled production. It’s a shame we’ll never know what else could have been. 

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A trailer for Lorenzo, a short film from Disney that for an unknown reason has never been released. It was intended for the elusive Fantasia 2006 and was nominated for Best Animated Short in its day. This makes me want to cry, since it looks and sounds incredible. 

I really hope it gets put on youtube or as a bonus on a bluray someday. If anyone reading this works at Disney, you know what to request your boss to request to higher-ups (and so on).

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Fantasia 2006: What Could Have Been

“One by One”

Using a deleted song from The Lion King (and later replaced and put into the stage version of the movie), a group of kids in Africa who paint and make kites and fly them high through the sky. 

It’s a simple little video, but the song “One by One” is a really beautiful, empowering song. And having seen the staging in the Broadway show, it’s just stunning. The animation in this video is fantastic and although the kids kind of look like they are straight out of The Proud Family, the piece creates a sense of community and treasure in the simple things in life. 

Fantasia 2006: What Could Have Been

This evening I will be posting the four completed scenes that were originally intended for the third Fantasia movie, Fantasia 2006, or sometimes referred to as Fantasia World

A project helmed by Roy E. Disney, would take the Fantasia movies to new frontiers and new places, from Russia to Africa to Australia and beyond. It was even intended to have a sequence featuring the music of The Beatles. 

Unfortunately, after the disappointing performance of Treasure Planet, and the cuts at the Walt Disney Feature Animation, and the decision that Home on the Range would be the final 2D, hand drawn Disney feature ever, Fantasia 2006 was cut from production and pronounced dead in the water. 

It’s a shame because I think they were on to something really fantastic with the four pieces that had been finished for Fantasia 2006 and it would have been a movie that eclipsed its predecessor and really given a movie to live up to the Fantasia brand name.

So enjoy these clips of what could have been…