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Alice's Egg Plant

An Alice Comedy

Release Date : May 17, 1925

Running Time : 8:34

Synopsis

Julius, the boss of Alice's chicken farm, has to find a way to deliver 5000 eggs to Sinkem and Soakem.

Characters

Alice and Julius
Little Red Henski

Credits

Director
Walt Disney
Animation
Ub Iwerks
Rollin "Ham" Hamilton
Thurston Harper
Camera
Mike Marcus
Live Action Actor
Dawn O'Day

Milestones

The first and only appearance of Dawn O'Day as Alice.

Video

United States
Animation Volume 2
Weird Cartoons #1
Alice in Cartoonland
Disney's Beginnings (1920-1927)

DVD

Alice in Cartoonland
Alice in Cartoonland
Disney's Alice Comedies : Volume 2
Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts, 1920s - 1960s

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

Released by M. J. Winkler Productions

Comments

From Ryan : Alice and Julius run an egg plant, but the chickens soon go on strike. I liked the Russian hen in the short who, for some reason, hid her suitcase under the railroad tracks. Alice runs across two roosters fighting and suddenly comes up with an idea. In order to fill the shipment of eggs, Alice charges the hens one egg in order to watch the two roosters settle it in the ring. Another gag that makes me laugh is where a pig comes over and wants to see the cockfight. He tells Julius to look the other way and quickly sneaks an egg out of the basket. Julius looks back and sees the pig getting up with an egg on the ground. Perhaps the funniest part of this short is where Alice and Julius have collected enough eggs to fill the shipment. They start the truck and the back, which carries all the eggs, falls off as the two drive away. Although I am not too interested in the silent works of Disney, I enjoy watching them both for entertainment and from a historical perspective.
From Mad Professor : This is one of my favorite Alice comedies. History buffs in particular will enjoy this one, as it spoofs the early "red scare" of the 1920s. A Communist rooster named "Little Red Henski" from Moscow comes to Alice's Egg Plant. He gets on his soapbox and agitates the hens to 'fight the power" by demanding "shorter hours and smaller eggs." Thus the fowls exercise "Poultry Power" by going on strike (and throwing eggs) against Alice and Julius. Disney was already developing as a social satirist in his early 20s.
From Gijs Grob : Alice (Dawn O'Day in her only appearance as Alice) and Julius have a chicken farm, but a Russian spy chicken named 'Little Red Henski' makes their chicken strike. Clever Alice then organizes a cock fight with one egg admission fee. The shots of Alice are minimized in this cartoon and contain no close ups. The animation, on the other hand, begins to look more flexible and lifelike. Add the clever and entertaining story with its many gags, and here's an Alice cartoon that still is entertaining today. Disney himself would face a frustrating strike in 1941, also led by an agitator from outside the company, Herbert K. Sorrell.