Saturday, January 23, 2016

Original Production Animation Cel of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951

Original hand inked and hand painted production cel of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum set on a lithographic background from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951; Size - Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum: 6 3/4 x 6 3/4", Image 11" x 14 3/4"; Unframed.

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"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 Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum original production animation cel.

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are characters originally featured in "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There," 1871; a novel by Lewis Carroll which was the sequel to "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". The Tweedles are two fat identical twin brothers dressed in school boy uniforms and wearing propeller caps. They're playful, jolly, a little annoying, and take particular delight in reciting poems and songs; and end up reciting to Alice the story of "The Walrus and The Carpenter."

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum original production animation cel without the background.

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum were animated by Ward Kimball, Cliff Nordberg, and Will Finn. The directing animator for the film was Ward Kimball, and  his animation style made him a perfect fit for a movie as zany as "Alice in Wonderland." Kimball was responsible for many of characters including: not only Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum, but The White Rabbit, The Carpenter, and the Cheshire Cat.

James Patrick Francis O'Malley was an English singer and character actor, who appeared in many American films and television programs from the 1940s to 1982; using the stage name J. Pat O'Malley. Walt Disney hired O'Malley to provide voices for several animated films such as the Cockney voice for the "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" sequence in "Mary Poppins," 1964, Cyril Proudbottom, Winkie and a policeman in "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad," 1949, and the role of Colonel Hathi and Buzzie the vulture in "The Jungle Book," 1967. However, his most famous role was the many voices he provided for "Alice in Wonderland". J. Pat O'Malley  performed all the characters in the "The Walrus and the Carpenter" segment (besides Alice), including Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Walrus, the Carpenter, and Mother Oyster.

This is a very rare original production animation cel of both Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951. Both characters are full figure, eyes and mouth open. A rare and wonderful setup of two of the most memorable characters from the film!