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Bruno Bozzetto's parody of Disney's Fantasia is a collection of animated sketches accompanying classical music pieces (by Debussy, Dvorak, Ravel, Sibelius, Stravinsky, and Vivaldi), with live-action slapstick sequences featuring cowriter Maurizio Nichetti (The Icicle Thief). It's not only a hilarious send-up of Disney's excesses but a splendid cartoon feature in its own right--funny and imaginative and lively. The "restored" version of this 1976 Italian picture includes more Nichetti footage, and, for the first time in the U.S., a stereo sound track. (Music Box, Friday through Sunday, November 2 through 4)

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