Fantasia Synopsis: The year is 2031 and Walt Disney, suspended in cryogenic suspension since 1966, has been brought back to life by Dr Corey, a scientist researching brain function for the purposes of suspending life for space travel. However, Dr Corey gets more than he bargained for when Walt awakens. Opinionated and arrogant but still in love with films, Walt is gobsmacked when he discovers what has happened to the world in the intervening years: films are a whole-body experience, all human organs except the brain are replaceable and research is underway to preserve life so mankind can reach the outer edges of the universe. But what affects Walt most is the shocking news that the world is being affected by catastrophic climate change…
Fantasia is a universal story containing humour and pathos. It is particularly suitable as an educational tool for children who are beginning to learn the science of climate change and understand the concept of social responsibility. – Goodreads
At only 23 pages long, Fantasia is a quick and pleasurable read. Disney is portrayed as a bit of a stubborn curmudgeon that the reader swiftly develops a bit of affection for. I think the author nailed the look at the world through the eyes of someone who hadn’t seen all the problems – specifically with climate change and conservation of resources – bearing down on our world full bore.
I would warn readers that even though this is a book about Disney, this is not a Disney book. Therefore, I wouldn’t buy it with the expectation of your 5 or 6 year old enjoying it. I would guess it would be more suitable for 8+.
There’s one line in the book that is vaguely sacrilegious and made me choke on my coffee when I read it. Definitely wasn’t expecting it, and loved the quick hit of humor that it gave the story.
Overall, solid short story from a talented author.