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DescriptionFantasia Goldfish"Arabian Dance" Pastel Concept Drawing (Walt Disney, 1940). The Arabian Dance portion of the "Nutcracker Suite" segment in Fantasia showcases a school of diaphanous goldfish performing an underwater dance. Don Lusk was the solo character animator of the piscine prima ballerina, a glowing white koi. She and other fish "dancers" ultimately came to resemble Cleo, Geppetto's pet goldfish from Pinocchio. Presented here is an original concept drawing of the dancing fish from Fantasia's Arabian Dance. It is rendered in white pastel on 8" x 6.5" black paper and numbered 29 in the lower right corner. The interplay between dark and light give this masterfully rendered drawing a haunting beauty that is practically the hallmark of concept art from Fantasia. While original artwork from this 80-year-old film is rare, preliminary concept art from this particular scene is some of the rarest of all. Minor handling an light smudges. Condition is Very Good.
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