Walt Disney’s Silent Film Alice

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If you Google “Walt Disney” and “Alice” you’ll get a lot of results for Alice in Wonderland. However, I learned from my trip to the Disney Museum that there was an earlier Alice in Disney’s work.

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Early in his career (in the 1920s) Disney did silent film work. There was a popular series with a star named Alice (called the Alice Comedies). There were actually four different girls who played the character of Alice over the years, the most well-known of which was Virginia Davis.

Disney made the first Alice film on his own. He’d been doing some other films for Laugh-O-Gram but the company went bankrupt and Disney was trying to make some money. The main thing I learned at Disney Museum was how he was constantly having to reinvent himself and persevere through tough times to become what he was.

IMG 4210 1024x764 Walt Disneys Silent Film Alice IMG 4211 764x1024 Walt Disneys Silent Film AliceAs you can see from the above image, these silent film comedies included the real love girl Alice but also included animation. The main animated character was a cat that resembled Felix the Cat.

IMG 4212 764x1024 Walt Disneys Silent Film AliceMore than fifty Alice movies were made in the four yeras between 1923 and 1927.

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