The girl who grew “curiouser and curiouser” has charmed her way into the hearts of millions of moviegoers over the decades. But do you know the facts behind the film? Test your Disney knowledge below to see if you know these little-known facts about Alice in Wonderland.
The Film Was Going to be a Live Action/Cartoon Hybrid
(The video above is a part of Disney’s Laugh-O-Gram series, “The Alice Comedies”)
During the pre-Mickey era of the early 1920’s, Disney launched a series of shorts based on the novel “Alice in Wonderland.” They consisted of an animated backdrop with a live action “Alice.” Thus, you can see where Disney drew his inspiration from when it came time to create a feature-length film. However, after much deliberation, Walt gave up on the idea and told his staff that a live actress, “would be a disappointment.”
Fred Astaire’s famous dancing partner almost was the girl in the blue dress with the white apron. While Disney was still considering a live action hybrid, he announced he would be asking Ginger Rogers to star in the iconic role. The peculiar part about this scenario is if Disney were to cast her for the film, the 12 year old Alice would have been portrayed by a 30 year old Rogers.
The Studio Planned to Release the Film in the 1940’s
Disney had storyboards made for the picture as early as 1931. In 1939, Disney even hired a scriptwriter. This all lead to the intention of releasing the film in the 1940’s. However, World War 2 forced the studio to shelve the idea. It wasn’t until 1945 when the studio was able to pick up the film project again.
The Film Was Initially a Box Office Failure, But Later Became a Cult Classic
When Alice in Wonderland was released in 1951, it had negative reviews from both critics and audiences alike. The main complaint of the animated feature was that Disney took too many creative liberties combining the two Lewis Carrol novels, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” Yet in the 1960’s, the film started garnering a cult following. The studio took notice of this, and re released the film which boosted its popularity into the favorite that it is today.
There is a Hidden Mickey in the Film
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If there is one thing the cartoon juggernaut is obsessed with, it is hiding its star character in as ways as possible! If you look closely at the picture from the scene above, you will see a hidden Mickey in the flame.