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    Fantasia 2000 "Steadfast Tin Soldier" Ballerina Concept Drawing (Walt Disney, 1999). From the "Steadfast Tin Soldier" segment of Fantasia 2000, the Ballerina (and the Soldier) are actually the first two main characters from Disney to be fully computer animated. The segment is set to the lively Piano Concerto # 2 by Shostakovitch. This is a story that was under consideration by the Disney artists literally for decades. Hans Christian Andersen's stories were regularly adapted by the studio, however, many of his original stories had bittersweet (or sometimes, downright bleak) endings; these were often tweaked to be a bit more uplifting. Such was the case here where, instead of perishing in a fireplace, both characters triumph over the villain and live on to realize their new love for one another. Beautiful character development drawing of the ballerina. She balances on point, with her arms spread out gracefully, in this delicate graphite character study sketch. Although digitally animated, preliminary drawings were still often done by hand and are some of the only physical original art from this segment. She measures 7" tall. In Fine condition.

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