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Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation
by Mindy Aloff
The ballet for hippo ballerinas and their crocodile cavaliers (plus a corps de ballet of ostriches and elephants) set to Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours" in Fantasia (1940) is one of the best-loved scenes in all the Disney animated features. Many viewers may not realize, however, that this ballet is no mere generalized parody of ballet mannerisms, but is in fact a deeply...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Disney Editions
(first published February 17th 2008)
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An interesting look at dancing in Disney animation that is not meant for children over the age of 12. The print is far too small for the book to be read comfortably and there isn't a real balance between the graphics and the text. The historical background was well researched and some of the archival pictures really brought up interesting questions about racism and labor fairness. An adult Disney fan will love this but younger fans will be bored and go looking for the actually movie or cartoon s...more
Aug 16, 2012 Gijs Grob rated it 2 of 5 stars
Vrij oppervlakkige, maar rijk geïllustreerde verhandeling over dans in Disneyfilms. Het boek is non-chronologisch en nogal warrig en bevat voor Disneyliefhebbers weinig nieuwe informatie. De links naar choreografen van vroeger en nu zijn tamelijk halfslachtig en soms er met de haren bijgesleept. Hoogtepunt is een interview met Marge Champion, die model stond voor Sneeuwwitje. Alleen voor Disneyfanaten.