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    Fantasia "Nutcracker Suite" Original Concept Art (Walt Disney, 1940). A fantastic piece of concept art of the "Arabian Dance" sequence from "The Nutcracker Suite" sequence in Fantasia. The sequence consisted of a selection of pieces from Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, a personified depiction of the changing of the seasons; first from summer to autumn, and then from autumn to winter. It features a variety of dances, by animated fairies, fish, flowers, mushrooms, and leaves; no actual nutcracker is ever seen. "The scenes of the glowing white fish in the Arabian Dance section of 'Nutcracker Suite' amazed the whole Studio," wrote Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston in Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life. "Never has an object on celluloid looked so diaphanous and delicate . . . No one had ever seen such a gossamer effect and very few knew how it had been achieved." This concept art piece was rendered in pastel on black paper and is believed to be from the hand of Jules Engle (1909 - 2003). Engel is an Oscar nominee and a Winsor McCay Award winner. He choreographed the famous hippopotamus/alligator dance, the bottle-dancing Cossack thistles and the mushroom ballet in Fantasia. His signature is lightly signed on this piece. The artwork is enclosed in a glass-fronted frame of 11.5" x 13.5" with a matboard aperture of 5.5" x 7". Frame sold as-is. Artwork condition is Very Good.

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