Rock Band dev partners with Disney for Fantasia: Music Evolved

Harmonix making Kinect game inspired by animated film for Xbox One and Xbox 360; will be released in 2014 featuring music from Bruno Mars, Queen, AVICII.

The next project from Guitar Hero and Rock Band creator Harmonix is Fantasia: Music Evolved, a new Kinect game inspired by Disney's 1940 animated film Fantasia.

The game is in development exclusively for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One and is targeting a release in 2014. No other platforms were mentioned.

In Fantasia: Music Evolved, players use the Kinect motion control technology to manipulate the flow of music. Gamers can change the mix of songs in real time, mashing up the original recording and remixed versions, or even adding layers of music via "magical manipulators."

The game supports multiplayer through a two-player local-only mode that can be played either competitively or collaboratively.

More than 25 "leading" artists are lending music to the game, including DJ and producer AVICII, pop singer Bruno Mars, and rock group Queen. Songs featured in Fantasia: Music Evolved include the original recording and two remixes.

Fantasia: Music Evolved will be published by Disney Interactive, which is also behind August's Disney Infinity, a toys-to-life console game in the vein of Activision's Skylanders series.

Confirmed songs for Fantasia: Music Evolved are listed below.

AVICII - "Levels"
Bruno Mars - "Locked Out of Heaven"
Fun. - "Some Nights"
Kimbra - "Settle Down"
Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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jimdotbeep
jimdotbeep

I can't believe they have the gaul to claim any of this was inspired by Fantaisa. Clearly some greedy, stupid and out of touch executive thought that they could sell a shitty dance game better if they slapped on the name of something that was already popular.

tightwad34
tightwad34

What is AVICII? And why put Bohemian Rhapsody in there? I mean, it's an all time classic for sure, but I believe everyone over the age of, oh I'll say 18, has heard the song at least 500 times. I am one who doesn't like the repetitive nature of things. While I'm  on it, why in the hell do the radio stations play the exact same music now that they did 30 years ago? I am not very old and I'm completely sick of the "oldies" so I can only imagine someone 20-30 years older should be ready to drive a nail through their heads, even if they grew up with it. I can only stand so much of the exact same thing before I go insane. I have heard "you ain't seen nothing yet" for the last time. Sorry to rant, but I just don't understand the complete lack of variety on the radio.

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

aside from everything else that's been said, I just can't see much of any actual gameplay going on here, you just wave your arms and "change the music" or whatever, doesn't appear to be much fun or challenge involved at all.

The1stFishBone
The1stFishBone

Disney is putting the Fantasia name on a Kinect game.

So, the original Fantasia was one of the greatest movies ever,  gave animators massive freedom to be creative, was very controversial, did not make money for years, and most importantly used timeless music written by the most significant musical minds who ever lived. Fantasia has gone on to be one of the most beloved and enduring movies off all time across wildly varied demographics. 

This game uses flavor of the week songs, is designed to make a profit in its first week, is made to be a kid friendly, and will only appeal to people under 20.

When I read the title of this article I nearly jumped out of my chair with excitement. Imagining an interactive experience in settings as compelling as the dinosaur segment based on Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, or The Devil segment based on Modest Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain. That wont happen. Its a shame Disney doesn't have enough respect for there own franchise to not put its name on a product that does not come from the same creative experimental place as its great predecessor.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=night+on+bald+mountain&mid=9B729FEF3C310CD32A1B9B729FEF3C310CD32A1B&view=detail&FORM=VIRE7

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

halo 5 , forza , fantasia , ryse , quantum break , zumba fitnes . 9 more to go

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

No, do not tamper with Fantasia, I loved the music and the movie. Some stuff is not meant to be tampered with.

Jasurim
Jasurim

What is the point of a Fantasia styled game that comes with that rubbish music?

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

As a dancer/musician, I am interested, although I'll see how the idea is actually executed. 

anthony7648
anthony7648

Yeah, because when I think of Fantasia I think of FUCKING SHITTY DUBSTEP AND POP CRAP THAT GOES RIGHT AGAINST WALTS PLANS FOR FANTASIA!

csward
csward

"Harmonix making Kinect game inspired by animated film for Xbox One and Xbox 360; will release in 2014 featuring music from Bruno Mars, Queen, AVICII."

So is there music from fantasia too or just new artists? Does Disney know wtf it's doing?

Also, are kids going to want to hear play "locked out of heaven" and "Some Nights" in 2014? It seems like the will be considered old by then.


CRAPCOM1926
CRAPCOM1926

These kind of shit never works. Always end in failure or crap gameplay.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Wow, they found a way to combine Bruno Mars' "music" with... the freaking classic that is Fantasia?

liquidsolid
liquidsolid

This isn't going to go down well, for a feature length animation which was largely experimental while containing a classical soundtrack which compliments the visuals, you'd think they'd keep it as close to the animation as possible.

But no, screw that lets shove in a soundtrack which doesn't honor the source material and be done with it. 

toyo75
toyo75

Disappointed the moment I had read the word kinect in the article.

I thought it was going to be an action/adventure type game they were developing featuring Disney's Fantasia with its wonderful animation and music. 

toshineon
toshineon

Hmm :/

I'd rather they worked on a Rock Band 4 instead, not just because i want more songs, but there were many more things they could have added to the Rock Band series, but never did.

bmart970
bmart970

Well that was a disappointment... 

chopsbenedict
chopsbenedict

absolutely despicable manipulation of a disney-owned (and in my opinion) masterpiece.  How can you go from music by composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Stravinsky (among others) to bruno #@%@@%  mars etc. sure this article isnt a complete list of your music, but if Queen is the best you can do you have no business owning the rights to anything.  Thats before we even get to the comparison between the excruciating work of hand illustrators (tons of them) to something a couple low level employees could do in their spare time and using nothing but CGI. Hey disney, i was gonna keep buying fantasia on every new media format FOREVER, but now im gonna DL it. Screw those guys.

Chronolp27GS
Chronolp27GS

Good thing this game has been announced early before E3.  


Many who have been very critical of the Xbox One up to this point would have been disappointed if this game was presented as a big reveal during Microsoft's conference.  


So far, Quantum Break still remains the most intriguing exclusive for Xbox One.  I really do hope Remedy will show substantial gameplay such as an 8-12 minute walkthrough.  

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

loled.  This exclusive is sure to win over gamers everywhere -_-  We can all just forget how the xbone literally spies on you now that this game has been announced ^_^

treo140
treo140

I think Walt Disney just rolled over in his grave, er cryo tube.

theend3r
theend3r

I watched this expecting to hear some good music but I didn't hear any music at all. There wasn't any, there were just sounds. Calling this Fantasia is worse than murder.

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

not to be confused by NEW FANTASIA (THE ARCADE GAME) people!....sheesh!

soulless4now
soulless4now

Shame on Disney for allowing this to happen. Shame on Harmonix for not branching out and shame on Micromoney for being Micromoney. 

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Is this based off the movie, the singer, or neither? I'm confused. I thought that black woman might be Fantasia.

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Oh yeah. Those people look like they were totally into it. At first, I thought it had something to do with the movie when they mentioned Disney. LOL

I'm starting to think like 12 of those exclusive games are crappy Kinect games. This reminds me of Konami's 2010 press conference.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Yep...

There's that 'core gamers' audience they're clearly targeting..  Brilliant.

Leboyo56
Leboyo56

So tell me, how are ANY of those artists appropriate for a game based off a G-rated movie?

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

Congratulations Micro$oft..............you've lost :)

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@The1stFishBone 

Yes, judge a game based on 5 songs announced and a small trailer. Have a little faith in Harmonix as they have not failed to deliver on a final product yet. Just because a game is kid friendly does in no way mean adults cannot enjoy it as well. I plan on getting this game and am old enough to have kids in their 20s - I'll just look past many of the newer pop songs as I did with the Rock Band games. And last time I checked, Queen was hardly a "flavor of the week" band. 

Though if the game does turn out to be a collection of tween bop fest songs, I may change my mind but I have the utmost faith in Harmonix to make the game appeal to all age groups and have a wide range of song genres as they have in the past.


abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Jasurim 

I'm pretty sure (and hoping) they'll include the classic Fantasia songs and some other Disney classics.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@abHS4L88 You're a dancer/musician? Huh, never would have guessed that. What do you play? I'm no musician and have no interest in any of that, but I'm curious about what you like to play. I have tons of musician friends, though.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@chopsbenedict

How can you go from music by composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Stravinsky (among others) to bruno #@%@@%  mars etc. sure this article isnt a complete list of your music


Because it is Music Evolved.  That alone should make all of us jump for joy.

Acardorin
Acardorin

@sgt_F79 Sony will have casual "move" titles too, just wait untill they address their PS Eye 2.

That said, Ryse looks pretty awesome.

Acardorin
Acardorin

@NbAlIvEr10000 Do you know the meaning of the word "market expansion"?

The kinect made good sales last gen, and so did kinect games.

The1stFishBone
The1stFishBone

@dlCHIEF58 @The1stFishBone

If your comparing Queen to Bach, Beethoven, and Stravinsky you need to educate yourself. The point of Fantasia was it was all classical masterpieces and I guarantee this game will not have demons with breasts showing, dancing erotically then turning into goats.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@tightwad34

Lol, even my childhood friends were surprised when they found out that I'm a dancer, mainly because it was something I always enjoyed doing growing up, but never thought of as an actual talent (hate how that happened as I would've been much better now, and skinnier, lol, had I known I had more potential as a dancer than as a singer :P). I'm not really a musician when it comes to instruments although I sort of know how to play the Tenor Saxophone and piano, but my brother and sister have much more talent in instruments than I do (although I am the better dancer/singer, haha). 

While I don't have any dance videos up (yet), I am part of a dance team called Ground Zero and our lead crew is called Blank Canvas, if you're curious you can look them up. And yes, I'm Asian, Filipino to be exact :3

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emperiox

No you cannot play DS games although I can totally see Nintendo making a peripheral that might allow that. 

I do think the best time to get a Wii U would be this holiday season since it should have a handful of high profile games out for it by then and MAYBE (depending on how the PS4/XBox1 are priced) a price drop. 

chopsbenedict
chopsbenedict

@Riddick123 @chopsbenedict  so you're an idiot evolved. replacing music made by some of the most musically talented people EVER with trash isn't evolution, it's digging for money, and you're just the sort of ignorant trash who will make disney's nut.

silvergol
silvergol

@Acardorin @sgt_F79 Sony will have casual "move" titles too, just wait untill they address their PS Eye 2.

NO,NO,NO, Casuals in my favorite console never!.

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

@RepoxMan1225 @NbAlIvEr10000 Its hard to tell if you're mocking me since I can't hear the tone of your voice, but if you are, go fuck yourself, and if not I apologize for my last comment and tell you I've been doing it forever........even do it for $ony.....so its no skin off my ass bro!

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@tightwad34

It's hiphop dancing so with studios, they typically have an elite dance team made up of the studio's best and/or most dedicated dancers, and usually they'll have their lead crew that's mostly made up of the choreographers that tends to go out and do shows, mini performances, and competitions. Do you watch America's Got Talent? The director of the dance studio I used to go to (Hypersquad) went up with his two "best friends" (which I might add he's only known for less than 2 years, unlike the rest of his crew mates), they're called Hype and that's actually where my username comes from, the HS4L = Hypersquad for Life which is ironic since I left them and no longer have any affiliation or respect for them. I wish I could change my username >.<  

Our lead crew Blank Canvas (which is made up of all the choreographers of our studio) originally formed at Hypersquad but broke off because they were tired of all the drama and arrogance that Hypersquad had due to the attention and fame they were getting. I'm going to try to post up some dance videos soon but I need to get my choreography down :P 

It's funny because I'm a dancer, but I hate going to clubs (partially due to my religion, also due to the fact that I find clubs to be a waste of time and money). So did you try playing the piano again? Once you learn an instrument, you never really forget how to play, although I did forget how to read notes X_X

tightwad34
tightwad34

@abHS4L88 Thanks for the reply. I used to play the piano a long while back when I was in elemntary school. I didn't even think about that when I made my reply. Come to think of it, I would actually be curious to see if I still got it. I used to take lessons from this uber religious woman and I think that's part of the reason I stopped. I have a sister, but as far as I know she's never played anything. I am not a dancer of any sort, but I remember the first time I really tried it was at a concert. I didn't even think about it, I just started doing it and after that I would always do it whenever I was at a show. That was a while ago, though and I don't really have much desire to go to any more concerts and I stay as far away from clubs as I can. What exactly do you mean your dance team has a lead crew? I am curious to see you crew, so I'll look it up sometime.