RARE "FANTASIA CUT-OUT BOOK" WITH POLITICALLY INCORRECT CHARACTER "SUNFLOWER."
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Auction #187 - Part II
Item numbers 927 through 2489 in auction 187
While this book in and of itself is rare, adding to its value from a collectors standpoint is the fact that it features the character "Sunflower" which was deleted from the film by Disney. Large format Whitman No. 950 is 13x13". Cardboard cover and four interior pages, all with exceptional punch-outs. Inside front cover text includes "Instructions For Setting Up And Putting Into Action The Panorama Of Mickey's Orchestra And The Ballet Of Comic Dancers." Punch-outs include Ben Alli Gator, Mlle. Upanova, Bacchus And Jacchus, Hyacinth Hippo, Elephant Dancer, Baby Pegasus, Zuess, Melinda The Centaurette, Brudus The Centaur, Mickey As Sorcerer's Apprentice, others. The most interesting punch-out is for "Sunflower" which depicts a young black centaurette eating a slice of watermelon. Starting with the 1960 theatrical re-release of the film, Sunflower was cut from the movie. In all of the various re-releases on video cassette, laser disc and DVD, she has remained missing. She originally appeared in the pastoral symphony section of the film and was featured in three shots performing menial duties for the white female centaurettes. On last page along bottom edge of stone column punch-outs are loose perforations, however book is unused with all pieces intact. Cover lightly aged. Scattered trace of cover wear mostly along edges with some minor surface paper rubs, few light corner creases. Cover Fine/VF. Interior pages are Exc. One of the top Disney punch-out books.
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