Disney Cartoon Canon Index

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The Disney Classic Era

These are the classic films that started it all. Walt Disney hand-crafted each of these with his personal vision of what he wanted. Each film seems to take huge steps forward in the art, from the opening multiplane shot of Pinocchio to the naturalism of Bambi.

1 Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Pictures Cartoons Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs December 21, 1937 David Hand. Sequence Directors: Perce Pearce, William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Ben Sharpsteen Dorothy Ann Blank, Richard Creedon, Merrill De Maris, Otto Englander, Earl Hurd, Dick Rickard, Ted Sears, Webb Smith Get Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs On Video Get Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs On Blu-Ray
2 Pinocchio Pictures Cartoons Pinocchio February 7, 1940 Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton S. Luske. Ted Sears, Otto Englander, Webb Smith, William Cottrell, Joseph Sabo, Erdman Penner, Aurelius Battaglia. Based on the Original Serial By: Carlo Lorenzini (Collodi). Get Pinocchio On Video Get Pinocchio On Blu-Ray
3 Fantasia Pictures Cartoons Fantasia November 13, 1940 Ben Sharpsteen. Sequence Directors: Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Nutcracker Suite: Sam Armstrong (as Samuel Armstrong). The Sorcerers Apprentice: James Algar. The Rite of Spring: Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield. Pastoral Symphony: Hamilton S. Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe. Dance of the Hours: T. Hee, Norm Ferguson. A Night on Bald Mountain: Wilfred Jackson. Orchestral Sequence: Joe Grant, Dick Huemer. Toccata in D Minor Sequence: Lee Blair, Elmer Plummer, Phil Dike. The Nutcracker Suite Sequence: Sylvia Moberly-Holland, Norman Wright, Albert Heath, Bianca Majolie, Graham Heid. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Sequence: Perce Pearce, Carl Fallberg. Rite of Spring Sequence: William Martin, Leo Thiele, Robert Sterner, John McLeish. Pastoral Symphony Sequence: Otto Englander, Webb Smith, Erdman Penner, Joseph Sabo, Bill Peet, Vernon Stallings. Bald Mountain/Ave Maria Sequence: Campbell Grant, Arthur Heinemann, Phil Dike Get Fantasia On Video Get Fantasia On Blu-Ray
4 Dumbo Pictures Cartoons Dumbo October 23, 1941 Ben Sharpsteen Joe Grant, Dick Huemer Get Dumbo On Video Get Dumbo On Blu-Ray
5 Bambi Pictures Cartoons Bambi August 13, 1942 David D. Hand Story Director: Perce Pearce. Story Adaption: Larry Morey. Story Development: Vernon Stallings, Melvin Shaw, Carl Fallberg, Chuck Couch, Ralph Wright. Original Novel: Felix Salten Get Bambi On Video Get Bambi On Blu-Ray

The Anthology Era

After World War II, audiences decline and income from films had fallen, and Disney needed to produce films on a stricter budget. These films helped control costs by combining shorter segments into one film. Many of these films also combined live-action with animation (There are other films made during this period that do not make the list because they are predominately live-action, such as Song of the South.)

6 Saludos Amigos Pictures Cartoons Saludos Amigos February 6, 1943 Bill Roberts, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske (as Hamilton S. Luske), Wilfred Jackson Homer Brightman, Ralph Wright, Roy Williams, Harry Reeves, Ted Sears, Dick Huemer, Joe Grant Get Saludos Amigos On Video
7 The Three Caballeros Pictures Cartoons The Three Caballeros February 3, 1945 Norm Ferguson (as Norman Ferguson). South American Director: Harold Young Homer Brightman, Ernest Terrazas, Ted Sears, Bill Peet (misspelled Peed), Ralph Wright, Elmer Plummer, Roy Williams, William Cottrell, Del Connell, James Bodrero Get The Three Caballeros On Video
8 Make Mine Music Pictures Cartoons Make Mine Music April 20, 1946 Jack Kinney (Casey at the Bat), Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske (as Hamilton S. Luske), Bob Cormack, Josh Meador, Joe Grant Homer Brightman (Casey at the Bat), Dick Huemer (Peter, the Wolf), Dick Kinney, John Wallbridge, Tom Oreb, Dick Shaw, Eric Gurney (Peter, the Wolf, Casey at the Bat), Sylvia Holland, T. Hee, Erdman Penner, Dick Kelsey, Jim Bodrero, Roy Williams, Cap Palmer, Jesse Marsh, Erwin Graham Get Make Mine Music On Video
9 Fun & Fancy Free Pictures Cartoons Fun & Fancy Free September 27, 1947 Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske (as Hamilton S. Luske), Bill Roberts Homer Brightman, Harry Reeves, Ted Sears, Lance Nolley, Eldon Dedini, Tom Oreb. Bongo Based On a Book by: Sinclair Lewis Get Fun & Fancy Free On Video Get Fun & Fancy Free On Blu-Ray
10 Melody Time Pictures Cartoons Melody Time May 27, 1948 Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney Winston Hibler, Erdman Penner, Harry Reeves, Homer Brightman, Ken Anderson, Ted Sears, Joe Rinaldi, William Cottrell (as Bill Cottrell), Art Scott, Jesse Marsh, Bob Moore, John Wallbridge. Book, “Little Toot: Hardie Gramatky Get Melody Time On Video
11 The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mister Toad Pictures Cartoons The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mister Toad October 5, 1949 Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, James Algar Erdman Penner, Ted Sears, Joe Rinaldi, Homer Brightman, Winston Hibler, Harry Reeves. Book “The Wind In The Willows: Kenneth Grahame. Book “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Washington Irving. Get The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mister Toad On Video Get Adventures of Ichabod & Mr Toad On Blu-Ray

The Disney Silver Era

The anthology period is over, and Disney returned to fairy tales. Bright colors prevail, with art direction from Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle. The new Xerography process is added in 1961, which all but saves animation at Disney after the colossal failure of Sleeping Beauty. The later films from this era saw Walt Disney’s influence waning, drawn away from films by television and the new park in Anaheim California and plans for a second park in Florida.

12 Cinderella Pictures Cartoons Cinderella February 15, 1950 Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske (as Hamilton S. Luske), Clyde Geronimi Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Homer Brightman, Ken Anderson (as Kenneth Anderson), Erdman Penner, Winston Hibler, Harry Reeves, Joe Rinaldi. Original Story Cendrillon by: Charles Perrault Get Cinderella On Video Get Cinderella On Blu-Ray
13 Alice In Wonderland Pictures Cartoons Alice In Wonderland July 28, 1951 Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Joe Rinaldi, William Cottrell (as Bill Cottrell), Joe Grant, Del Connell, Ted Sears, Erdman Penner, Milt Banta, Dick Kelsey, Dick Huemer, Tom Oreb, John Wallbridge. Books “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland“, “Through the Looking Glass: Lewis Carroll Get Alice In Wonderland On Video Get Alice In Wonderland On Blu-Ray
14 Peter Pan Pictures Cartoons Peter Pan February 5, 1953 Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson Ted Sears, Erdman Penner, Bill Peet, Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, Ralph Wright, William Cottrell (as Bill Cottrell). Original Play: Sir James M. Barrie Get Peter Pan On Video Get Peter Pan On Blu-Ray
15 Lady And The Tramp Pictures Cartoons Lady And The Tramp June 16, 1955 Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ralph Wright, Don DaGradi. Book “Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog: Ward Greene Get Lady And The Tramp On Video Get Lady And The Tramp On Blu-Ray
16 Sleeping Beauty Pictures Cartoons Sleeping Beauty January 29, 1959 Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark Erdman Penner Additional Story: Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta Traditional tale “La Belle au Bois Dormant” By: Charles Perrault Get Sleeping Beauty On Video Get Sleeping Beauty On Blu-Ray
17 One Hundred And One Dalmatians Pictures Cartoons One Hundred And One Dalmatians January 25, 1961 Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske (as Hamilton S. Luske), Clyde Geronim Bill Peet. Book “The Hundred, One Dalmatians: Dodie Smith Get One Hundred And One Dalmatians On Video Get One Hundred And One Dalmatians On Blu-Ray
18 The Sword In The Stone Pictures Cartoons The Sword In The Stone December 25, 1963 Wolfgang Reitherman Bill Peet. Book “The Sword In The Stone: T. H. White Get The Sword In The Stone On Video Get The Sword In The Stone On Blu-Ray
19 The Jungle Book Pictures Cartoons The Jungle Book October 18, 1967 Wolfgang Reitherman Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Ken Anderson, Vance Gerry. Based on “The Jungle Book: Rudyard Kipling Get The Jungle Book On Video Get The Jungle Book On Blu-Ray

The Disney Dark Age

This period began with the death of Walt Disney, and continued through the Ron Miller period. This era also saw the retiring of the original Disney animators, and a new group emerge as the main animators at Disney. Largely, the company is directionless for most of this period.

20 The Aristocats Pictures Cartoons The Aristocats December 24, 1970 Wolfgang Reitherman Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Eric Cleworth, Julius Svendsen, Ralph Wright. Based on a Story By: Tom McGowan, Tom Rowe Get The Aristocats On Video Get The Aristocats On Blu-Ray
21 Robin Hood Pictures Cartoons Robin Hood November 8, 1973 Wolfgang Reitherman Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Julius Svendsen, Vance Gerry, Eric Cleworth, David Michener. Head of Story: Larry Clemmons Get Robin Hood On Video Get Robin Hood On Blu-Ray
22 The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh Pictures Cartoons The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh March 11, 1977 Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Ted Berman, Ralph Wright, Xavier Atencio, Julius Svendsen, Eric Cleworth. Based on the Books by: A.A. Milne Get The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh On Video Get The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh On Blu-Ray
23 The Rescuers Pictures Cartoons The Rescuers June 22, 1977 Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Art Stevens Larry Clemmons, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Vance Gerry, David Michener, Ted Berman, Fred Lucky, Burny Mattinson, Dick Sebast. Books “The Rescuers“, “Miss Bianca: Margery Sharp Get The Rescuers On Video Get The Rescuers On Blu-Ray
24 The Fox And The Hound Pictures Cartoons The Fox And The Hound July 10, 1981 Art Stevens, Ted Berman, Richard Rich Larry Clemmons, Ted Berman, David Michener, Peter Young, Burny Mattinson, Steve Hulett, Earl Kress, Vance Gerry. Original Book: Daniel P. Mannix Get The Fox And The Hound On Video Get The Fox And The Hound On Blu-Ray
25 The Black Cauldron Pictures Cartoons The Black Cauldron July 24, 1985 Ted Berman, Richard Rich David Jonas, Vance Gerry, Al Wilson, Roy Morita, Ted Berman, Peter Young, Richard Rich, Joe Hale. Additional Story: Tony Marino, Steve Hulett, Melvin Shaw (as Mel Shaw, Burny Mattinson, John Musker, Ron Clements, Doug Lefler. Additional Dialogue: Rosemary Anne Sisson, Roy Edward Disney. Books, the five Chronicles of Prydain by: Lloyd Alexander Get The Black Cauldron On Video
26 The Great Mouse Detective Pictures Cartoons The Great Mouse Detective July 2, 1986 John Musker, Ron Clements, Dave Michener, Burny Mattinson Peter Young, Vance Gerry, Steve Hulett, Ron Clements, John Musker, Bruce M. Morris, Matthew O’Callaghan, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, Melvin Shaw. Book “Basil of Baker Street: Eve Titus Get The Great Mouse Detective On Video Get The Great Mouse Detective On Blu-Ray
27 Oliver & Company Pictures Cartoons Oliver & Company November 18, 1988 George Scribner Roger Allers, Chris Bailey, Michael Cedeno, Mike Gabriel, Vance Gerry, Leon Joose, Kevin Lima, Dave Michener, Jim Mitchell, John Ranft, Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, Peter Young. Based On The Original Novel “Oliver Twist” By: Charles Dickens Get Oliver & Company On Video Get Oliver & Company On Blu-Ray

The Disney Renaissance

Disney emerges from the Dark Ages with a bang. The new films are huge successes, bigger than any preceding this period. New studios are opened in Florida and Paris to keep up with the new demand for animated films from Disney. The studio has a stated goal to produce two films a year. Disney CEO Michael Eisner discovers direct-to-video, and makes sequels to nearly every classic Disney film during this period.

28 The Little Mermaid Pictures Cartoons The Little Mermaid November 17, 1989 John Musker, Ron Clements Ron Clements, John Musker. Story: Roger Allers. Original Fairy Tale: Hans Christian Andersen Get The Little Mermaid On Video Get The Little Mermaid On Blu-Ray
29 The Rescuers Down Under Cartoons Picture The Rescuers Down Under November 16, 1990 Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel Jim Cox, Karey Kirkpatrick, Joe Ranft, Byron Simpson Books “The Rescuers“, “Miss Bianca: Margery Sharp Get The Rescuers Down Under On Video Get The Rescuers Down Under On Blu-Ray
30 Beauty And The Beast Cartoons Picture Beauty And The Beast November 22, 1991 Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise Linda Woolverton. Story: Roger Allers. Original Story: Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont Get Beauty And The Beast On Video Get Beauty And The Beast On Blu-Ray
31 Aladdin Cartoons Picture Aladdin November 25, 1992 John Musker, Ron Clements Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio Story: Roger Allers Get Aladdin On Video Get Aladdin On Blu-Ray
32 The Lion King Cartoons Picture The Lion King June 24, 1994 Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers Linda Woolverton, Jonathan Roberts, Irene Mecchi Story: Jim Capobianco, Lorna Cook, Thom Enriquez, Andy Gaskill, Francis Glebas, Ed Gombert, Kevin Harkey, Barry Johnson, Mark Kausler, Jorgen Klubien, Larry Leker, Rick Maki, Burny Mattinson, Joe Ranft, Chris Sanders, Tom Sito, Gary Trousdale Get The Lion King On Video Get The Lion King On Blu-Ray
33 Pocahontas Cartoons Picture Pocahontas June 23, 1995 Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg Carl Binder, Susannah Grant, Philip LaZebnik Story: Chris Buck, Robert Gibbs, Francis Glebas, Ed Gombert, Joe Grant, Kaan Kalyon, Glen Keane, Todd Kurosawa, Duncan Marjoribanks, Burny Mattinson, Bruce Morris, Ralph Zondag Additional Story: Randy Cartwright, Andrew Chapman, Vincent DeFrances, Don Dougherty, Will Finn, T. Daniel Hofstedt, Broose Johnson, Jorgen Klubien, Tom Mazzocco, Dave Pruiksma, Nik Ranieri Get Pocahontas On Video Get Pocahontas On Blu-Ray
34 The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Cartoons Picture The Hunchback Of Notre Dame June 21, 1996 Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise Irene Mecchi, Tab Murphy, Jonathan Roberts, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White Story: Tab Murphy Original Novel: Victor Hugo Get The Hunchback Of Notre Dame On Video Get The Hunchback Of Notre Dame On Blu-Ray
35 Hercules Cartoons Picture Hercules June 27, 1997 John Musker, Ron Clements John Musker, Ron Clements, Don McEnery, Irene Mecchi, Bob Shaw Story: Barry Johnson Get Hercules On Video Get Hercules On Blu-Ray
36 Mulan Cartoons Picture Mulan June 5, 1998 Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook Joe Grant, Rita Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer Story: Robert D. San Souci. Based on a Poem by: Anonymous Get Mulan On Video Get Mulan On Blu-Ray
37 Tarzan Cartoons Picture Tarzan June 15, 1999 Chris Buck, Kevin Lima Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White Based On The Original Book Tarzan of the Apes By: Edgar Rice Burroughs Get Tarzan On Video Get Tarzan On Blu-Ray
38 Fantasia 2000 Cartoons Picture Fantasia 2000 December 31, 1999 The Sorceror’s Apprentice, James Algar. Firebird Suite: Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi. Pines of Rome, The Steadfast Tin Soldier: Hendel Butoy. Pomp & Circumstance: Francis Glebas. Rhapsody in Blue, Carnival of the Animals: Eric Goldberg. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Allegro con Brio: Pixote Hunt. Host Sequences: Don Hahn Irene Mecchi, David Reynolds (Hosted Sequences). Story, The Steadfast Tin Soldier: Hans Christian Andersen Get Fantasia 2000 On Video Get Fantasia 2000 On Blu-Ray

The Post Renaissance

Everything new becomes old, and audiences tire of the Disney “formula.” After seeing the success of Shrek at DreamWorks, Eisner decrees that hand-drawn is dead, and 3D CGI animation is the wave of the future. He closes the satellite studios, fires the traditional animators on staff and heads Disney into the CGI sunset. He is opposed (and eventually deposed) by Roy Disney.

39 Dinosaur Cartoons Picture Dinosaur May 30, 2000 Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag Thom Enriquez, John Harrison, Robert Nelson Jacobs, Ralph Zondag Additional Written Material: Shirley Pierce Additional Story Material : Rhett Reese Get Dinosaur On Video Get Dinosaur On Blu-Ray
40 The Emperor's New Groove Cartoons Picture The Emperor’s New Groove December 15, 2000 Mark Dindal David Reynolds. Story: Roger Allers, Mark Dindal, Matthew Jacobs, Chris Williams Get The Emperor's New Groove On Video Get The Emperor's New Groove On Blu-Ray
41 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Cartoons Picture Atlantis: The Lost Empire June 15, 2001 Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise Tab Murphy Story: Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale, Joss Whedon, Bryce Zabel, Jackie Zabel, Tab Murphy Head of Story: John Sanford Storyman: Kevin Harkey Get Atlantis: The Lost Empire On Video Get Atlantis: The Lost Empire On Blu-Ray
42 Lilo & Stitch Cartoons Picture Lilo & Stitch June 21, 2002 Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois Based On An Idea By: Chris Sanders Get Lilo & Stitch On Video Get Lilo & Stitch On Blu-Ray
43 Treasure Planet Cartoons Picture Treasure Planet November 27, 2002 John Musker, Ron Clements Ron Clements, John Musker Screenplay: Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards Animation Story: Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio Adapted from the novel “Treasure Island” By: Robert Louis Stevenson Get Treasure Planet On Video Get Treasure Planet On Blu-Ray
44 Brother Bear Cartoons Picture Brother Bear November 1, 2003 Aaron Blaise, Bob Walker Tab Murphy, Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman Story: Broose Johnson Get Brother Bear On Video
45 Home On The Range Cartoons Picture Home On The Range March 21, 2004 Will Finn, John Sanford Will Finn, John Sanford, Michael Labash, Sam Levine, Mark Kennedy, Robert Lence Additional Dialogue: Shirley Pierce Get Home On The Range On Video Get Home On The Range On Blu-Ray
46 Chicken Little Cartoons Picture Chicken Little November 4, 2005 Mark Dindal Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman, Ron Anderson Story: Mark Dindal, Mark Kennedy Additional Story Material: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson Additional Screenplay Material: Sara Parriott, Josann McGibbon Additional Dialogue: David Reynolds, Sandra Tsing Loh Get Chicken Little On Video Get Chicken Little On Blu-Ray
47 Meet The Robinsons Cartoons Picture Meet The Robinsons March 30, 2007 Steve Anderson Jon Bernstein, Michelle Spitz (Bochner), Don Hall, Nathan Greno, Aurian Redson, Joe Mateo, Stephen Anderson Based on the Book “A Day with Wilbur Robinson” By: William Joyce Get Meet The Robinsons On Video Get Meet The Robinsons On Blu-Ray
48 Bolt Cartoons Picture Bolt November 17, 2008 Chris Williams, Byron Howard Dan Fogelman, Chris Williams Story: Chris Sanders Get Bolt On Video Get Bolt On Blu-Ray

The Disney Revival

Disney seems to right itself again. It is neither a hand-drawn animation company nor a CG copany, but finds it’s own middle ground. John Lassiter came in from Pixar and changed the focus from Eisner’s relying on new technologies back to good stories. This proved to be the trick, and Disney’s films gain in popularity, and with Frozen once again rivaling the great success of The Lion King.

49 The Princess And The Frog Cartoons Picture The Princess And The Frog December 18, 2009 Ron Clements, John Musker Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards Original Story By: Ron Clements, John Musker, Greg Erb, Jason Oremland Based On The Story By: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm Get The Princess And The Frog On Video Get The Princess And The Frog On Blu-Ray
50 Tangled Cartoons Picture Tangled November 24, 2010 Byron Howard, Nathan Greno Dan Fogelman. Fairy Tale: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm Get Tangled On Video Get Tangled On Blu-Ray
51 Winnie The Pooh Cartoons Picture Winnie The Pooh April 13, 2011 Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall A. A. Milne (Original Books, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner), David Benedictus (Original Book, Return to the Hundred Acre Wood) Get Winnie The Pooh On Video Get Winnie The Pooh On Blu-Ray
52 Wreck-It Ralph Cartoons Picture Wreck-It Ralph November 2, 2012 Rich Moore Jennifer Lee, Phil Johnston Get Wreck-It Ralph On Video Get Wreck-It Ralph On Blu-Ray
53 Frozen Cartoons Picture Frozen November 27, 2013 Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Jennifer Lee. Story: Shane Morris, Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. Original Story, The Snow Queen: Hans Christian Andersen Get Frozen On Video Get Frozen On Blu-Ray
54 Big Hero 6 Cartoons Picture Big Hero 6 November 07, 2014 Don Hall Jordan Roberts. Based On the Original Comic Book Series By: Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Roulea
55 Zootopia Cartoons Picture Zootopia March 04, 2016 Byron Howard Jared Bush
56 Giant Cartoons Picture Giants November 23, 2016 Nathan Greno
57 Moana Cartoons Picture Moana 2018 John Musker, Ron Clements

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