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Ben Ali Gator is a character from the 1940 feature film Fantasia. He is a tall and skinny alligator with a feather cap and a cape who appears in the segment Dance of the Hours. He and his cronies symbolize the somber hours of the night.

Appearances

Fantasia

In the segment Dance of the Hours, Ben Ali Gator takes the role of Enzo Grimaldo, a Genoese prince. He is also the leader of the Dancers of the Night. This is deduced by the fact that he meets and falls in love with Hyacinth Hippo (who symbolizes Laura Adorno), and furthermore the flinging aside of his cape (symbolizing Enzo flinging aside his disguise upon discovery of Laura's body). When Hyacinth awakes from her sleep, she sees Ben Ali Gator and freaks out, but Ben Ali Gator tries to woo her by catching her with his strength. He tries this and fails, but Hyacinth seems to be interested in him anyway and they do a short dance with each other, then Hyacinth walks away does an odd gesture towards Ben Ali Gator, which attracts him and proceeds to chase her, setting the Grand Finale. In the end Ben Ali Gator dances with Hyacinth one last time in the segment and it is inferred that they became a couple.

Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas

Ben Ali and his gator accomplices were part of Minnie Mouse's skating routine. They are later seen in traditional artwork during the end credits. In this film, Ben Ali does not appear to be wearing his red cape from Fantasia, perhaps to make him easier to animate.

House of Mouse

Ben Ali made numerous minor cameos in the series often seen in crowd shots sitting with Hyacinth.

Disney Parks

Walt Disney World Resort

Ben Ali can be found in several spots, but not as a meetable character whatsoever. Some statues can be found at the Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf. Ben Ali and Hyacinth can also be seen in the Main Street Electrical Parade and in Fantasmic!'s bubble sequence.

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Trivia

  • Though he is named "Ben Ali Gator" and his name therefore indicates that he's an alligator, he looks more like a crocodile. He has a narrow snout, and his bottom teeth also stick out when his mouth is closed.
  • In the concepts for Dance of the Hours, Ben Ali Gator went through many iterations before his final design. Altogether, his height was originally smaller, he was fatter, he had a purple ruff around his neck, his under jaw was wider, and at one point had hips similar to humans.
  • The whole setting of Dance of the Hours may just be a play rather than a real event. When Ben Ali Gator does the Grand Finale with Hyacinth, set pieces like a Greek column fall down, and it can be inferred that Ben Ali Gator failing to catch Hyacinth was a failed act.


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Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic!Le Livre Magique de MickeyMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the Magical MapVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: Fantasia Gelati
Parade: Festival of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Parade of the StarsSpectroMagic
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Segments
Toccata and Fugue in D MinorNutcracker SuiteThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe Rite of SpringThe Pastoral SymphonyDance of the HoursNight on Bald Mountain/Ave MariaSymphony No. 5Pines of RomeRhapsody in BluePiano Concerto No. 2The Carnival of the AnimalsPomp and CircumstanceThe Firebird Suite
Locations
Yen Sid's TowerBald MountainNew York CityPrehistory
Deleted and unused concepts
Unused Fantasia SegmentsClair de LuneSunflowerOtikaEgret CoupleNaiadsDestinoThe Little MatchgirlOne by OneLorenzo
See Also
Sorcerer Hat


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Cameos: Mickey MouseDonald DuckGoofyPeteDumboHyacinth HippoBen Ali GatorTyrannosaurus RexChernaborgHonest John and GideonMonstroBr'er BearLadyTrampThe DoorknobBig Bad WolfJasper and HoraceMarsupilamiDarkwing DuckShere KhanGreasyFerdinand the Bull

Episodes
Raw Toonage shorts and compilations: "Petal to the Metal" • "Spatula Party" • "Sheerluck Bonkers" • "Bonkers in Space" • "Draining Cats and Dogs" • "Get Me to the Church on Time" • "Ski Patrol" • "Get Me a Pizza (Hold the Minefield)" • "Dogzapoppin'" • "Trailmix Bonkers" • "Quest for Firewood" • "Gobble Gobble Bonkers"

Group One (Miranda Wright): "Trains, Toons and Toon Trains" • "Tokyo Bonkers" • "The Stork Exchange" • "Bobcat Fever" • "The Toon That Ate Hollywood" • "When the Spirit Moves You" • "Fistful of Anvils" • "What You Read is What You Get" • "Toon for a Day"
Group Two: (Lucky Piquel): "Going Bonkers" • "In the Bag" • "Hear No Bonkers, See No Bonkers" • "Out of Sight, Out of Toon" • "Is Toon Fur Really Warm?" • "Calling All Cars" • "Fall Apart Bomb Squad" • "In Toons We Trust" • "Never Cry Pig" • "Hamster Houseguest" • "The Cheap Sheep Sweep" • "The Day the Toon Stood Still" • "Weather or Not" • "Basic Spraining" • "Once in a Blue Toon" • "Luna-Toons" • "Time Wounds All Heels" • "Poltertoon" • "Hand Over the Dough" • "The Rubber Room Song" • "Tune Pig"
Group Three (Miranda Wright): "New Partners on the Block" • "Witless for the Prosecution" • "Do Toons Dream of Animated Sheep?" • "Quibbling Rivalry" • "Springtime for the Iguana" • "CasaBonkers" • "Love Stuck" • "Of Mice and Menace" • "Dog Day AfterToon" • "The 29th Page" • "Cartoon Cornered"
Group Four (Lucky Piquel): "The Good, the Bad, & the Kanifky" • "I Oughta Be in Toons" • "Frame That Toon" • "A Wooly Bully" • "Stay Tooned" • "O Cartoon! My Cartoon!" • "Color Me Piquel" • "Stand-In Dad" • "Cereal Surreal" • "If" • "The Dimming" • "Toon with No Name" • "Get Wacky" • "The Final Review" • "Goldijitters and the 3 Bobcats" • "Seems Like Old Toons" • "Miracle at the 34th Precinct" • "Comeback Kid" • "The Greatest Story Never Told" • "Fall Apart Land" • "Imagine That" • "A Fine Kettle of Toons" • "Stressed to Kill"

Locations
ToontownHollywoodRubber Room Toon ClubWackytoon Studios
Songs
Let's Go Bonkers!The Rubber Room Song (song)
See also
Darkwing DuckRaw ToonageGoof TroopWho Framed Roger RabbitThe Disney Afternoon


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Phineas and Ferb: Perry
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Toy Story: WoodyBuzz LightyearHammAlienJessieRexBullseyeStinky PeteLotso

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