Original Walt Disney Cel of Dodo from Alice In Wonderland
Updated: Feb 10, 2019
Original hand inked and hand painted production animation cel of Dodo from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Dodo: 6 1/2 x 6", Image 9 1/4 x 10 1/2"; Unframed.
"I propose, uh... By jove! That's it. We'll burn the house down. Oh, we'll smoke the blighter out, we'll put the beast to rout. Some kindling, a stick or two, ah, this bit of rubbish ought to do." - Dodo
"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.
Dodo was brilliantly animated by Milt Kahl and Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman. and the character was voiced by Bill Thompson. The following paragraph is from master Walt Disney animator Andreas Deja:
"This character (Dodo) from "Alice In Wonderland" is beautifully designed, sometime gorgeously animated, but with a completely underdeveloped personality. There is way too little screen footage of him to get any real sense of who he is and why he would be important to the story. The Dodo is a very handsome design though, and it's fun to trace back his visual development.... It's the character's unique proportions that make him stand out. A huge lower body with a relatively small chest."
This cel is from the scene when Bill The lizard is walking by with a ladder, and is asked by Dodo and the White Rabbit to get rid of the monster (Alice who has grown large due to eating a cookie) inside of the White Rabbit's house. Dodo asks Bill if he has ever been down a chimney before and Bill says that he has been down more chimneys... so Dodo interrupts him and says "Excellent, excellent. You just pop down the chimney, and haul that monster out of there." Dodo pushes Bill down the chimney, causing soot to enter the room, which makes Alice sneeze, and that blasts a soot covered Bill out through the chimney high into the sky. Dodo says, "Well, there goes Bill..." followed by Alice sadly saying "Poor Bill..." The fate of Bill afterward is unknown. Then Dodo has an idea, to burn down the White Rabbit's house in order to force the enlarged Alice out. He says: "I propose, uh... By jove! That's it. We'll burn the house down. Oh, we'll smoke the blighter out, we'll put the beast to rout. Some kindling, a stick or two, ah, this bit of rubbish ought to do." This is wonderful cel of Dodo pushing a wheel cart filled with the White Rabbit's home furnishings to use as kindling to burn down the house. Dodo is full figure, eyes and mouth open, and is an absolutely beautiful piece of vintage Walt Disney animation artwork that is perfect for any collection!
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