Disney’s 1957 Mock Turtle

This cartoon cel of Disney’s Mock Turtle is from LCSNA member Matt Crandall’s collection (featured in an interesting article on the “official” Disney fan site, D23.) Although the Mock Turtle is an important character in the book, he didn’t make it into either the 1951 or 2010 Disney movie. This frame is from a Disney animation for a 1957 Jell-O commercial – oddly fitting that they used the calf’s head (like in the original Tenniel illustration). Was Jell-O the mock turtle soup of the 1950s (and should a turtle with the head of a soybean be doing TV spots today singing “Beau–ootiful To–fuuurkey”…?) We’re told the 1957 commercial will be a special feature on the upcoming DVD release of Disney’s 1951 Alice in Wonderland.


7 thoughts on “Disney’s 1957 Mock Turtle

  1. I always loved this character in the book, I was dissapointed and confused that he wasn’t even mentioned in either disney film (even though there is a painting of him up on the wall in the 2010 film) Same goes for the Gryphon.
    They could have used the lobster quadrille song to such a good effect in both films (isn’t it a great celebration dance compared to the Mad Hatter break-dancing?)
    Also, thanks for posting this picture, I’m drawing this guy a lot recently and I’ve been desperate to find a colour reference, and it’s just how I pictured it.
    What a cutie!

  2. If you have a copy of Disney’s Big Golden Book of “Alice in Wonderland” that was in print for so many years, you’ll find the Mock Turtle swimming in the pool of tears with 2 lobsters on its back.

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