‘Fantasia: Music Evolved’ game announced from Disney Interactive, adding pop hits to classical music for Xbox One, 360

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Walt Disney’s classic music-based film “Fantasia” is being transformed for the today’s generations in a newly-announced video game called “Fantasia: Music Evolved” from Disney Interactive.

“Fantasia: Music Evolved” is a musical motion video game inspired by Disney’s animated film, available in 2014 for the Xbox One and Kinect for Xbox 360. Developed by Harmonix Music Systems, creators of the popular “Rock Band” series, the new game will feature interactive landscapes that allow players to create and control music and magic alongside legendary sorcerer Yen Sid. Gamers become his new apprentice and use Kinect motion control technology for controller-free gameplay, controlling the music flow from popular tunes.

Video: “Fantasia: Music Evolved” trailer

Rather than emphasizing the music of Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Dukas, as heard on the original “Fantasia,” Disney has taken a new direction to include today’s popular acts, like AVICII, Bruno Mars, and Queen. Original recordings and new remixed versions will be available to players, who can add layers of music via ‘magical manipulators” amidst colorful worlds.

Following up on the announcement, Harmonix publicist @NickChester noted on Twitter that these aren’t the only songs and artists featured in the game. “We’ve not announced specifics, but there will be classical musical in the game. It’s very broad. You will not be disappointed,” wrote Chester. Responding to quick backlash from “Fantasia” fans not interested in today’s music, Chester also posted, “To be fair, dub step didn’t exist in 1940. Walt’s vision was the bring contemporary music to life with visuals.”

The game will feature more than 25 top artists and songs, including:

  • AVICII – “Levels”
  • Bruno Mars – “Locked Out Of Heaven”
  • Fun. – “Some Nights”
  • Kimbra – “Settle Down”
  • Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”

  • At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next week, attendees will have an opportunity to experience hands-on with “Fantasia: Music Evolved” at Disney Interactive’s booth located at #1001 in South Hall. We’ll have reporters there covering the show, so check back to Inside the Magic for a closer look at the game.


    1. Eric Ramocki

      I wonder how responsive it will be. Kinect is know for being bad at picking up gestures.

      1. Travis

        The Xbox One kinect is so high tech it can read your face emotions and your heart beats!

        1. Eric Ramocki

          Meh, I will believe it when they actually make it available to the public. Steel Battalion: heavy armor is still fresh in my mind with all its false promises on what the first Kinect could do.

          Also, EA being involved in this puts a bad taste in my mouth, and I doubt they will use Xbox One to its potential because it appears to be a port of the Xbox 360 version which is also coming out at the same time.

          This reeks of a cash grab by EA.

    2. Mikesean45

      Woah, woah, wait a second. “Walt’s vision was the bring contemporary music to life with visuals”? The most “contemporary” piece in Fantasia was composed in 1913 and some of the older pieces were close to or more than a century old in 1940! There were no contemporary pieces in Fantasia or Fantasia 2000. They probably just want to cater to as wide an audience as possible, instead of, you know, respecting the film it’s supposedly inspired by.

    3. Aaron

      Here’s hoping that Sourcerer’s apprentrice will make the classical cut.
      You know what though? While the trailer features a bruno mars song, which I don’t normally listen to, and I don’t usualyl listen to dubstep for that matter, if this is how gamepaly will sound,w ith you actually interacting witht he music to add elemnts, filter them, and create little effects like that, I think the result cold be rather interesting. I actually enjoyed this. Also, having been a huge Rock Band fan, I can say that when Harmonix promised classical music to be in the game, I highly doubt they’d be lying. The question is, how much will be in there?

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