23 - Fantasia 2000 (1999) (GUEST: Alexander Miller (Writer, Battleship Pretension, Talk Film Society, Film Inquiry)
Hosts Mat Bradley-Tschirgi and William Thrasher talk about Disney's Fantasia 2000 with guest Alexander Miller (Writer for Battleship Pretension, Talk Film Society, and Film Inquiry). Disney had attempted to make a sequel to Fantasia for years. After many false starts and a lengthy development process, Fantasia 2000 is the final result. Containing only one clip from the original film, Fantasia 2000 is much shorter than the original feature. Different celebrity hosts introducing the segments proves to be more of a distraction than anything else. Highlights include a segment featuring George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue illustrated in the style of Al Hirschfeld and an anime-inspired segment featuring Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. This film has an timed-exclusive run in IMAX before rolling out to regular movie theaters.
Alexander has been diving into the Fox cartoon Bob's Burgers. Mat isn't crazy about Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew, although he finds Mason's speech patterns and comic delivery a fascinating relic of a bygone era. Thrasher has been rewatching the flicks in the Alien franchise and finds some of the sequels better upon repeated viewings.
Listen to this episode while running through a crowded city for maximum enjoyment.