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In Walt Disney’s Peter Pan, the majority of Tiger Lily’s animation was done by Ken O’Brien. In my opinion, O’Brien’s piece de resistance is Tiger Lily’s dance on the drum.

Tiger Lily’s dance was based on an authentic Native American dance called the ‘Moon Dance.’ According to a book on Native American customs, the Moon Dance is “characterized by circling, facing one another, forming crescents by bending, rising suddenly with a shout and sinking down.”

Animation historian John Canemaker has said, “Tiger Lily’s dance for Peter has always had, for me, an amazing fluidity and grace. The animation of that section is just beautiful in the way her form moves and is accented by a flowing flow-through of her garments and hair.”

I wholeheartedly agree!

Info and Canemaker quote via mouseplanet.com