Disney's classic 'Fantasia' will be updated


LOS ANGELES -- Walt Disney's animation classic "Fantasia" will be updated with several new segments now being created for release in 1996-97, it was recently announced.

The revamped version, to be called "Fantasia Continued," will fulfill Disney's original wish to keep the 1941 film fresh by periodically replacing some old segments with new ones, the studio said in a news release.

"We would . . . change the program just like the ballet does," Disney said when "Fantasia" was released.

Details about the new segments and which old ones would be dropped were not released. However, Walt Disney Studios chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg told Daily Variety the new sequences would not necessarily use classical music.

The "Fantasia Continued" project was announced along with the studio's plans for the long-awaited video release of the original, set for Nov. 1 -- prime Christmas-gift time.

The standard videocassette will cost $24.99, but a $99.99 Deluxe Collector's version also will be offered, including a video on the making of the film, a double CD of the soundtrack, a commemorative book and lithograph, and a certificate of authenticity signed by Roy Disney, Walt's nephew and vice chairman of The Walt Disney Co.

Don't wait for any post-Christmas markdowns, though. Retailers pTC will only be allowed to reorder copies within 50 days of the release date, after which the studio intends to retire not only the video, but the original film itself. Only "Fantasia Continued" will be available in the future.

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