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Madame Upanova is a character in the 1940 film Fantasia. She is an ostrich ballerina who represents the dawn.


Physical appearance

Madame Upanova always loves pink as her favorite color. She wears a pink bow with matching ballet slippers and has a thin black ribbon around her neck.



Madame Upanova is in a segment called "Dance of the Hours". She appears in the beginning with all her Ostrich students. She wakes herself and all of them up as the curtains open. Her pirouette is caused by their reach over her as it is thrusted up high with lots of feathers shed. As she feeds some Ostriches some fruit from the conch, she tries to eat the purple grapes she holds in her beak and get away from the squabbling of all her students. As the Ostriches pursue her, one of them makes her drop the grapes, resulting in them to drop into the water, and they all flee from the bubbles coming from the fountain.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Madame Upanova makes two cameo appearances in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. First, she walks to the Maroon Cartoons Studio door, giving Eddie Valiant the cold shoulder as she passes him. Her second appearance is among a group of toons in the finale.

Aladdin: The Animated Series

She appears in one of the episodes holding an egg.

House of Mouse

In the episode "Donald's Pumbaa Prank", she is seen ducking her head into a three-layered cake with a cherry on top of it when Pumbaa is about to stink up the club.

Princess Academy

Her role is unknown due to this program being cancelled.

Disney Parks

Ostrich WDW

Madame Upanova at Disney Parks

Ostriches resembling Madame Upanova (possibly her students in her colors) are walkaround characters that appears in parades. Upanova also appears in the Disneyland Hotel's Fantasia Store as a statue. A statue also appears outside the pool area at the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris.


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