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Long lost Disney art found in Japan

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TOKYO, Dec 20, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Rare Disney art, including original sketches from "Sleeping Beauty," "Bambi," "Cinderella" and "Fantasia" have been found in Japan.

The 250 piece collection -- including animation from the first Disney color short, "Flowers and Trees," from 1932 -- was discovered in a warehouse at Chiba University near Tokyo, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Disney had given the collection to Tokyo's National Museum of Modern Art, which turned it over to the university for educational use, the BBC said.

The long-forgotten collection came to light when the school contacted Disney offices to ask about copying the images in digital form.

Disney spokeswoman Erika Nakajim said the company was "truly surprised."


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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