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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Disney's Racist Centaur

I was up in Hartford yesterday for a pair of screening of the film about Beethoven's Ninth that I've co-produced and a guy named Herb S. (sorry, don't have last name but@anechoic) who had traveled a good distance for  this joined a few of us in a dinner meet-up.   Herb informed us (this was news to me, oddly) that there was a black servant centaur--with big lips etc.-- in the original Disney Fantasia in one of the segments in its depiction of Beethoven's Pastoral symphony.  Passed muster in 1939 but was cut by 1969.  Anyway, found snippets of a few scenes at YouTube:  

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