Alice’s Wonderland 1923 Walt Disney Laugh-O-Gram Animated Cartoon; Rudolf Ising, Ub Iwerks



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Originally a public domain film from the National Archives or Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice’s_Wonderland
Wikipedia license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Alice’s Wonderland is a 1923 Walt Disney short silent film, produced in Kansas City, Missouri. The black-and-white short was the first in a series of Walt Disney’s famous Alice Comedies and had a working title of Alice in Slumberland. The film was never shown theatrically, but was instead shown to prospective film distributors. It was included as a bonus feature in the Special “Un-Anniversary Edition” of Alice in Wonderland…

Plot

Alice (Virginia Davis) visits the Walt Disney Animation Studios, where the animators (including Walt Disney) show her various scenes on their drawing boards. A few of them: a cat dancing to a cat band; a mouse poking at a cat until it moves; a couple of 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, 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.

Credits

– Scenario and direction by Walt Disney
– Photographed by Ub Iwerks and Rudolph Ising
– Technical direction by Hugh Harman and – Carman Maxwell
– Music by Alexander Rannie
– Copyright 1922 Disney Cartoon Studios…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laugh-O-Gram_Studio

Laugh-O-Gram Studio was a short-lived film studio located on the second floor of the McConahay Building at 1127 East 31st in Kansas City, Missouri.

The studio played a role in the early years of animation: it was home to many of the pioneers of animation, brought there by Walt Disney, and is said to be the place to have provided Disney and Ub Iwerks with the inspiration to create Mickey Mouse. Laugh-O-gram was the subject of two feature films: As Dreamers Do and Walt Before Mickey…

In 1921, Walt Disney was contracted by Milton Feld to animate twelve cartoons, which he called Newman’s Laugh-O-grams. On May 23, 1922, when Walt was just 20 years old, Laugh-O-gram Films was incorporated by Disney using the remaining assets of the defunct Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists from local investors. LOGF produced nine of the requested 12 films with little income.[ChWDC 2] But encouraged by his shorts’ popularity at the theatre, and inspired by Terrytoons’ Aesop’s Fables, Walt decided he wanted to make his own animated versions of fairy tales too, and invested six months on his first attempt at Little Red Riding Hood.

Among Disney’s employees on the series were several pioneers of animation: Ub Iwerks, Hugh Harman, Friz Freleng, and Carman Maxwell. The company had problems making ends meet: by the end of 1922, Disney was living in the office and taking baths once a week at Union Station…

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