- The Sprite's revival in "Firebird Suite". She has suffered a horrific Disney Death — being swallowed whole by the Firebird — and has just been revived by the Elk. Ashen, she understandably blames herself for (innocently) waking the Firebird, but he has faith in her ability to restore the decimated forest. (This is all apparent to the viewer without dialogue.) He carries her toward a little tree, the one she had tended to shortly after she was awakened, and she begins to cry - and the tears immediately start to regenerate the forest. Realizing what's happening, she shifts into the form of a wave...in mere minutes, the forest is revived and more beautiful than ever before, to the point that even the bare parts of the volcano that she hadn't been able to vivify the first time around are now lush and green. She finally dissolves into the wind as the Elk looks on. "Awe-inspiring" is too mild a term for it.
- The Firebird itself is pretty awesome, too, even while being one of the scariest things Disney ever put on film. Gives chills when the Firebird makes his entrance. Best use of a Scare Chord ever.
- "Pines of Rome", AKA the flying whales sequence. Especially the last three minutes. Sure it's bizarre and surreal but there's just something about that combination of the whales leaping up from the clouds and the majestic sweeping EPICALLY gorgeous music.
- That shot from the underside of the fleet of whales, slowly spinning around to look forward, into the sun.
- Disney's done some Al Hirschfeld homage before (the Genie in Aladdin, for example; sequence director Eric Goldberg was the Genie's lead animator), but the "Rhapsody in Blue" sequence really brings home everything about Hirschfeld's career: the distinctive design of the characters, the love of music, the love of New York, and the love of the theater. The fact that it's all done with George Gerswhin makes it a banana split of style.
- Also for "Rhapsody in Blue", Duke gets one for deciding to chase his dream and earn his happy ending... and being indirectly responsible of the three others obtaining their happy endings!
- There is also Rachel's parents. When they see that their daughter is in danger, what do they do? They go down from the top of VERY tall New York Buildings and go into the middle of the street just as their daughter gets her ball. Also Heartwarming Moment just for how much they care for their daughter.
- "The Steadfast Tin Soldier": Said soldier comes back to save his love and throw the Jack-in-the-box in the fireplace.
- A more meta example: Animator Eric Goldberg animated the entire "Carnival of the Animals" segment by himself.
- The "Carnival of the Animals" segment itself can be this not just for the aforementioned fact Eric Goldberg animated the entire segment with no help, but also for the yo-yo-ing flamingo being able to outwit and triumph over his snobby peers.
Awesome / Fantasia 2000