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Disney's seminal 1940 cartoon contains some masterpieces of animated choreography. Fairies, fish, and mushrooms dance to sections of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker while Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours becomes a ballet for ostriches, hippos, and alligators. Disney's team made extensive drawings of real dancers including Baranova, Riabouchinska, and Lichine to ensure the comic accuracy of the movement.

Subjects: Music Theatre.

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