Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
This is a short film that was created as a special feature for the DVD set "Disney Rarities". It makes sense, as the Alice films make up much of the collection--and the film consists of Leonard Maltin interviewing the amazingly youthful Virginia Davis--who played the original Alice from these cartoons. The set is minimal--with a couple Alice movie posters hung about the two. For the most part, this is a short that would probably not interest the average viewer--as the average viewer couldn't care less about silent cartoons. However, give it and the Alice shorts a chance--they are pretty clever and fun--and hearing from Virginia about how they were made and her experiences making them is something film buffs would love. I appreciated it because it finally explains why Davis was eventually replaced by another child.
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