[Text by Amberle Ferrian]
"Belle at the Bat" (bellebat.gif, 231x476x2, 3964 bytes) is the eighth in a series of fine Disney fanart line drawings by Bob Ito <ito@[...]>.
"EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! THE BOYS OF SUMMER HAVE A WOMAN PLAYER!"
Here's a dime, kid. Thanks...say, haven't I seen you someplace before?
"That's right, ma'am! I was an extra on _Newsies_!"
<blank stare> "You know, the latest Disney live-action musical? About a bunch of orphans winning a newspaper strike? Based on a true story?"
Oh, I remember. How'd it do?
"Well, lady, if it made any money, do you think I'd still be hawking newspapers on the street? Just read yours! EXTRA EXTRA...."
Lousy reprobate!....<opening paper>
~Newsgroups: rec.arts.disney ~From: ito@[...] (Robert Ito) ~Subject: Belle drafted by the Dodgers! Message-ID: <CJs91G.Eus@[...]> ~Date: Mon, 17 Jan 1994 16:41:39 GMT LOS ANGELES - In a surprising development in the amateur draft, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected the first woman ever, Belle, best known for her role in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast". When asked about their groundbreaking choice, the Dodgers' general manager said, "Hey, if she can swing a tree branch hard enough to send a wolf flying, we figure she has home run power. And from that snowball scene, it looks like she has a pretty accurate arm. We're going to try her at shortstop in spring training." The Walt Disney Company said they would arrange a leave of absence for Belle, and wished her well in her new career. [...]