Sunflower, ‘Fantasia’ — Lost Disney Characters
Sunflower appeared in the “Pastoral Symphony” segment of ‘Fantasia.’ She is a young, black, female centaur (Centauride according to legend, “centaurette” according to Disney) who helps the other centaurettes shine their hooves and adorn their tails in preparation to meet the centaurs.
Sunflower is a unique case: a character who was cut after the movie’s release. Like most Disney films, ‘Fantasia’ was re-released at least once a decade for many years. By the 1960s, audiences were far less comfortable with a character whose appearance and role in the film smacked of racism. Sunflower was cut from the 1969 release and Disney has largely avoided mentioning her since.