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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Original Production Animation Cel of The Red Rose From "Alice In Wonderland," 1951


Original hand inked and hand painted production cel of the Red Rose with production numbers in ink bottom center; Set on a lithographic background from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951; Size - Red Rose 8 x 4 1/2", Cel 10 x 8 3/4", Image 10 x 8 3/4"; Unframed.

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"Girls! We shall sing "Golden Afternoon". That's about all of us." - The Red Rose

"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).


Close up of The Red Rose original production animation cel.

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.


Photograph of The Red Rose cel without the background.

While a shrunken Alice is chasing after the White Rabbit, she runs into a flower garden where she encounters a large group of beautiful flowers. Alice begins to talk with them and the flowers exclaim they can sing, and The Red Rose (the leader) says, "Girls! We shall sing "Golden Afternoon". That's about all of us." After the song, all the flowers try to figure out what kind of flower is Alice. When Alice replies that she isn't a flower, they determine that she must be a weed and change their attitude towards her; and they chase her out of their garden.

The Red Rose was voiced by Doris Lloyd (3 July 1896 – 21 May 1968) who was an English stage and screen actress. She appeared in over 150 films between 1925 and 1967, and her most famous film roles were in the "Tarzan" films starring Johnny Weissmuller. She also made small appearances in "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music," which both starred Julie Andrews.

This is a very rare original production cel of The Red Rose from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951. Her eyes are open and she has a beautiful smile. Her green leaves form a dark green dress and she is holding her red rose bud baton while conducting the flowers to "All In The Golden Afternoon."