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Disney Original Book Art of Ben Ali Gator from Fantasia
- A fine full colour illustration of Ben Ali Gator, the lead alligator dancer in Disney's Fantasia, the Dance of the Hours. Probably drawn as preliminary art or even finished art (potentially unfinished) for a book. He is missing the red cap and feather, but from the pose our alligator is clearly the lead alligator who falls in love with Hyacinth Hippo. Image is 85mm (3.25") x 115mm (4.5"). Fantasia was distributed in 1940, so our alligator is 1940 or later. In the Dance of the Hours the clock strikes six, and alligators begin to approach the sleeping Hyacinth, surrounding her. One whispers to his companions and points at the sleeping Hyacinth. Enter Ben Ali Gator. Seeing the alligators surrounding Hyacinth, he tosses his cape aside and leaps forward, frightening them away. He then approaches Hyacinth and is instantly astounded by her beauty. He stands over her with his eyes shut and his front feet (do alligators have hands?) clasped to his chest, in our illustration's pose. hyacinth hippo awakens and is surprised by Ben Ali Gator, then enters a Pas de Deux with him, first fleeing, then running back, and leaping into a lift, which the much slimmer Ben Ali has trouble performing. He pirouettes her, eventually riding around on her extended leg and finally bowing to her. In the climax, Hyacinth teases Ben Ali, running from his advances and nearly running into several alligators as she does so. He pursues her, falling into the pool as he does so. She then runs through a line of dancing hippos. Ben Ali and his alligators pursue them also, frightening them away. The ostriches and elephants hide behind pillars as the alligators search the palace, pulling out hippos, elephants, and ostriches, with the ballet becoming rapidly more chaotic. All of the characters are shown dancing together, including Ben Ali with Hyacinth, performing lifts rapidly, finally standing over her, with her gazing adoringly at him. On a final drumbeat, the doors slam shut, collapsing in on each other, and the scene fades to black.
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Last Found On: 2018-02-28           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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