Original Production Animation Cel of Alice and a Flamingo from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951
Original hand inked and hand painted production animation cel of Alice and a Flamingo set on a lithographic background from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951, Walt Disney Studios; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker; Size - Alice & Flamingo: 7 1/4 x 8", Image 8 1/4 x 9 1/4"; Unframed. "Do you play croquet?" - Queen of Hearts "Why, yes, your majesty." - Alice "Then let the game begin!" - Queen of Hearts
"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). 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. Initial design for the character of Alice was accomplished by Mary Blair during the storyboard phase and also by Les Clark. Alice was animated by Ollie Johnston, Don Lusk, and Marc Davis who animated her for the tea party scene.
This is a very action oriented original production animation cel of Alice and a Flamingo. When the Queen of Hearts first meets Alice, she challenges her to a game of croquet. In the Wonderland version, the croquet mallets, balls and hoops are composed of Flamingos, Hedgehogs, and Playing Cards. In this cel, Alice is trying to get the Pink Flamingo to act like a croquet mallet. Alice is eyes open with a surprised look, and the Flamingo is eyes open and has a coy smile. This is an absolutely beautiful piece of vintage Walt Disney animation art and a great addition to any animation collection!
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