Saturday, July 11, 2015

Original Production Cel of Alice from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951

Original hand inked and hand painted production cel of Alice set on a lithographic background from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951; Size - Alice 7 1/2 x 6", Cel 10 x 8 1/2", Background 11 x 14 1/2"; Unframed.

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"Curiouser and curiouser." - Alice

"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). 

Alice production cel without the background.

Kathryn Beaumont, who was born in London England, was just 10 years old when she was chosen for the voice of Alice. Walt Disney personally cast Beaumont after seeing her in the film "On an Island with You," in which the child actress had a small role. Disney was so impressed by her that she was also chosen to be the model for Alice, and would also go on to provide the voice for Wendy in "Peter Pan," 1953. Beaumont has also reprised her voice acting role as Alice in two episodes of the animated series, Disney's "House of Mouse," and as both Alice and Wendy in the video game "Kingdom Hearts." She did not retire as the voice of Alice and Wendy until 2005, when her role for these two characters was taken over by Hynden Walch.

Close up of the Alice production cel.

Initial design for the character of Alice was accomplished by Mary Blair during the storyboard phase and also by Les Clark. Alice was animated by Ollie Johnston and also by Marc Davis, who animated her for the tea party scene. In this wonderful original hand inked and hand painted cel of Alice, she has both eyes open and she is looking above her. She has been placed on a lithographic background of the Flower Garden featuring the matriarch of the flowers, The Red Rose. Under her direction, all the flowers begin to sing for Alice the song "All in the Golden Afternoon."

In this wonderful short video, Kathryn Beaumont speaks about her role in "Alice In Wonderland" and it also includes a never before seen clip of her in the role of Alice from 1951: