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Alice's Wonderland (1923)

Alice visits an animation studio, where the animators show her various scenes on their drawing boards. A few of them: a cat dancing to a cat band; a mouse poking at a (live) cat until it ... See full summary »

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Alice visits an animation studio, where the animators show her various scenes on their drawing boards. A few of them: a cat dancing to a cat band; a mouse poking at a (live) cat until it moves; a couple mice boxing, while the animators crowd around cheering and acting as corner-men. That night, she dreams of taking a train to cartoon-land, where a red carpet reception awaits. She appears in live action. They have a welcoming parade, with Alice riding on an elephant. The cartoons dance for her, and she dances for them. Meanwhile, the lions break out of the zoo. The lions chase her into a hollow tree, then into a cave and down a rabbit hole. Finally, she jumps off a cliff and awakes back in her bed. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Margaret Davis, who played Alice's mother in the film, was the real-life aunt of Virginia Davis, who played Alice. Although many believe it to be her real mother, Virginia reveals in an interview on the Disney Treasures "Rarities" disc it was really her mother's sister. See more »

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The animation of the lions charging Alice starts before she starts running, so the first few lions seem to run past her. See more »

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Walt Disney is born
16 December 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This was supposedly the short film that made Walt Disney famous. It was screened on Disney Channel's "Late Night Vault" program and began with an introduction. Apparently Alice, played by Virginia Davis (who would play Alice in many other shorts later on), was the basis for other Disney cartoons. She was the young actress that made Disney famous.

The movie begins with Alice visiting an animation studio where she is given samples of drawings and seems enthralled by them. Later that night while she is asleep she visits a land of animation in her dream and interacts with all kinds of cartoon animals and people.

"Alice's Wonderland" was the first of its kind and revolutionized the whole concept of film and animation as mediums. Its influence would be felt for years, through "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" to "Space Jam." In terms of entertainment this isn't the best - I'm giving it a seven out of ten based on a few factors, mainly I'm taking into consideration its effect and importance. Graded against today's animation it is, of course, very dated. But it had to all start somewhere.


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