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Dance Stars of American Animation

New Yorkers, here’s a heads-up on a free program this week at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Forever Young: Dance Stars of American Animation will be discussed this Thursday night, March 19, at 6 p.m. at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue (south of 65th Street).

Mindy Aloff, author of Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation, will discuss the subject of dancing in historic American animation with dance legend Marge Champion and animation historian (and Oscar-winning director-animator) John Canemaker. Among their topics will be Ms. Champion’s early work as a live-action reference dancer and choreographer for Walt Disney’s animated features Snow White and Fantasia, Gene Kelly and Jerry Mouse’s duet in Anchors Aweigh, and Betty Boop’s Poor Cinderella for Max Fleischer. Film excerpts will be shown. Admission is free and on a first come, first served basis. For additional information and program updates, telephone 212.642.0142 or visit the New York Public Library website.

Post Script: I’ve neglected to mention Aloff’s book, Hippo in a Tutu, before now – and that’s been my mistake. It’s an entertaining, excellent read and I recommend it highly. Lavishly illustrated and well-researched, Aloff focuses in on an important, but critically neglected, part of the classic Disney features and shorts. Deserves a prime spot on your bookshelf.

  • Why can’t there ever be any cool animation events in the Midwest?


  • I actually conducted an interview with Mindy Aloff on my site, Fulle Circle Productions, about her new book “Hippo in a Tutu”- as well as about dance in animation. She could not be a nicer person, and she had a lot of great stuff to say, so check it out!

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    It took me years before I finally got the joke in the “Dance of the Hours” sequence in Fantasia: that it featured animals who had no business being en pointe, not even in a cartoon.

  • I’ve been lucky enough to speak with the wonderful Marge Champion about her work at the Disney studio. We also talked about her former spouse, master animator, Art Babbitt.


    Thanks Jerry…. It’s a must have!

  • Robert Barker

    Why cant there ever be any cool animation events at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art?


  • Thanks for the heads up ….
    Gotta get more info now.


  • Sunil

    I attended the event. Thanks for the tip! There’s something about those dancing hippos that just makes me happy.