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Alice's Wonderland

An Alice Comedy

Release Date : , 1923

Running Time : 12:29

Synopsis

Alice visits Disney's cartoon studio where the cartoons jump off the page. Later on, she sleeps and dreams that she has gone to Cartoonland where she is able to interact with the cartoon characters.

Characters

Alice and Julius

Credits

Director
Walt Disney
Camera
Ub Iwerks
Rudolph Ising
Live Action Actor
Virginia Davis
Margaret Davis
Walt Disney
Ub Iwerks
Hugh Harman
Rudolph Ising
Technical Direction
Hugh Harman
Carmen "Max" Maxwell

Milestones

The first "Alice" short.

DVD

United States
Disney's Alice Comedies : Volume 1
Alice in Wonderland: The Masterpiece Edition
Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts, 1920s - 1960s

Blu-Ray

Alice In Wonderland (Two-Disc 60th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Combination live-action and standard animation
Sound Mix: Silent
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Comments

From Ryan : I remember seeing this cartoon on the Disney Channel as part of Vault Disney. It is an important milestone in Disney's career, but in my opinion it is kind of boring. I am not too interested in the silent era, but I was just interested in seeing the "Alice Comedies" on Vault Disney when I saw an advertisement for them. Disney was hosting a week-long special where Vault Disney would begin with an "Alice" short everyday starting October 16 (?) of 1998. You can still find them on Vault Disney, but they are only shown as time-fillers. It's odd that Disney shows them as late time-fillers, but not on the "Ink and Paint Club."
From Jerry Edwards : Alice, played by Virginia Davis, visits a cartoon studio, saying "I would like to watch you draw some funnies". Ubbe Iwerks, Rudolph Ising, Hugh Harman, and Carman Maxwell are created on the title page of the short. Walt Disney has her sit down in his chair and watch a cat and dog fight it out in a dog house. He then shows her an animated cat band and two cats dancing on a live action drawing table. With live animators working in the background, an animated mouse first pokes a live cat with a sword and then with his tail. While animators cheer them on, a cat and dog box - with the dog knocking out the cat. Later that night, after her Mom has tucked her in, Alice dreams of being welcomed to Cartoonland. After a parade in her honor, Alice does a dance as a cat band plays. A lion eats the bars of a zoo cage and four lions escape. They corner Alice, with one of them using a file to sharpen his teeth. The lions chase Alice into a hollow tree. After a fight, Alice chases them out of the tree. The lions then chase Alice into a cave and back out of the cave. A rabbit and Alice jump into a rabbit hole and the lions jump in after them. Alice and the lions pop up out of the ground. The lions then chase Alice to the edge of a cliff. Alice jumps and is shown falling. Note: The ending is missing in which Alice wakes up and realizes it has just been a bad dream.
From J. D. Weil : "Alice's Wonderland" was the first of the "Alice" comedies and the last of the Laugh-Gram Studios productions. Never theatrically released under it original title, it may have been released under its alternative title "Alice In Slumberland" on Sept. 29, 1926 according to my reference book.
From Gijs Grob : This is the pilot film for the Alice cartoons, made in Kansas city. Alice (the four year old Virginia Davis) drops by the studio and tells Walt Disney she likes to watch him drawing some funnies. Walt Disney (without moustache) is already the kind entertainer of children here, and he takes her to a sheet of paper on where a cat chases a dog out of a dog house. The rest of the studio is also populated by animators (Iwerks, Harman, Ising and Maxwell all appear in this cartoon) and toons alike. The whole crew 's watching a boxing match between a dog and a cat, for example.

That night Alice dreams she arrives in cartoonland by train. She's welcomed by animals and she performs a little dance for them. Unfortunately four lions break out of Cartoonland Zoo and they chase her into a tree, into a cave, into a rabbit hole and finally, to a cliff. She falls off the cliff, and then she awakes.

This cartoon is very entertaining. The idea of a girl in a cartoon (the inverse of the idea of Fleischer's Out of the Inkwell) works wonderfully, and the cartoon is lively. It already contains lots of music and dance, and a very rubbery animated train, besides the normal stiff animation you find in most cartoons of the twenties. The animation of the train looks forward to the flexible animation style that would later make Iwerks and Disney famous.


From Billy Joe : This is the pilot film for Walt Disney's Alice Comedies which ran from 1924-1927. It was never released theatrically. I like the primitive animation in this short (especially when the live cat was watching an animated mice trying to fight it with his sword). When Alice wakes up from her nightmare, her mother enters the bedroom to comfort her. That was actually Virginia Davis's aunt acting as Alice's mother.

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