Sunday, July 26, 2015

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: 7 x 5 1/2", Cel: 10 x 9", Image: 9 1/2 x 8"; Unframed.

"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). 

Production cel of the Queen of Hearts without the background.

The Queen of Hearts was voiced by Verna Felton and most people, when you mention the Queen of Hearts from "Alice," remember hearing 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 other Disney characters. What is interesting is that all the other characters that Felton voiced are sweet and kind, with the typical grandmother type of voice; but not the Queen of Hearts. The Queen was loud and you never knew exactly when she would lose her temper.

Close up of the original production cel of the Queen of Hearts.

This is a spectacular full figure image of the major villain from the film "Alice In Wonderland," the Queen of Hearts! She is lifting her red and black robe, holding her heart fan, and she has a fantastic grin on her face. This cel is from the scene when the Queen first appears in the film. She is announced by the White Rabbit who is wearing a heart tunic, and after he has blown a horn he says, "Her Imperial Highness, Her Grace, Her Excellency, Her Royal Majesty, the Queen of Hearts!" The Queen walks out, surrounded by heart suited playing card guards.