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Kathryn Beaumont Before Alice

Walt Disney first saw Miss Beaumont in a 1948 Esther Williams vehicle called On an Island with You, which led to her being cast as Alice and later, Wendy. Her elocution, accent, voice, and appeal are unmistakable here, even when she’s imitating Jimmy Durante! You can rent the movie on Amazon Prime or You Tube,… [read full post]

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A Virtual Time Machine to Disneyland, 1958

Alice in Wonderland opening, 1958. Karen Pendleton as Alice.

Former Imagineers Don Carson and Daniel Rover Singer (longtime LCSNA member) have created videos that digitally re-create the experience of riding Disneyland’s original “Alice in Wonderland” ride that opened in 1958.  It was visited by millions of Disneyland guests before it was destroyed in 1983 after 25 years, without any known attempt to properly document… [read full post]

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Waring the World Am I?

OK, it was broadcast almost 70 years ago, but just came to our attention. The Fred Waring Show (yes, he of the Blendor [sic] and the Pennsylvanians) ran on CBS from 1948 to 1954. Half of his hour-long show of March 18, 1951 was devoted to previewing Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, which would be released… [read full post]

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Rolling Stone 10 Best Movie Drug Trips Includes Disney’s Alice

From the Department of Dubious Distinctions: It seems that Disney’s animated version of Alice in Wonderland has been named to the Rolling Stone list of “10 Best Movie Drug Trips.” I don’t think Lewis Carroll would have been pleased.  But then, like many of us, he might find other reasons not to be pleased by Rolling Stone…. [read full post]

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