Monday, August 4, 2014

Original Production Cel of The Queen of Hearts From "Alice in Wonderland," 1951

Original hand inked and hand painted production cel of the Queen of Hearts set on a lithographic background from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951; Size - Queen of Hearts: 6 1/2 x 5", Cel: 9 x 11 1/2", Image: 8 1/2 x 10 1/2"; Frame: 19 1/2 x 21 1/4"; Framed using a black and gold wood frame, an acid free black suede mat, and UV conservation clear glass.

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (commonly shortened to "Alice in Wonderland"), is a 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson who wrote under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. Disney reworked the story to fit with both a younger audience and a time frame suitable for an animated film (it's run time is only 75 minutes).

Original production cel of the Queen of Hearts with an alternate background.

The Queen of Hearts was voiced by Verna Felton and even today I think that most people when you mention the Queen of Hearts from "Alice" hear in their mind Verna's classic line "Off with their heads!"  Ms. Felton not only voiced the Queen from "Alice" but the Fairy Godmother from "Cinderella," Flora and Queen Leah from "Sleeping Beauty," Aunt Sarah from "Lady and Tramp," and several others.  What is interesting is that all the other characters are sweet and kind and are the typical grandmother type of voice; but not the Queen.  The Queen was loud and you never knew exactly when she would lose her temper.

Original production cel of the Queen of Hearts without the background.

This cel is from when the Queen first appears in the film and is asking Alice to curtsy.  It is just a few frames off from the image that Walt Disney Studios chose to use as the image for their limited edition Sericel. The pose is just perfect; both eyes and mouth are open and she is holding her heart fan. After the Queen instructs Alice on the proper way to address her; she than asks Alice about where she is from, and where she is now going. The dialog from the scene is below:

Queen of Hearts: "Look up, speak nicely, and don't twiddle your fingers! Turn out your toes. Curtsey. Open your mouth a little wider, and always say 'yes, your majesty'!"
Alice: "Yes, your majesty!"
Queen of Hearts: "Hmhmhmhm. Now, um, where do you come from, and where are you going?"

Framed Queen of Hearts production cel.

To see this cel in the film, click on the short video below: