Alice’s Wonderland (1923)

USA, 1923
12m
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1
silent

An American fantasy film mixing animation with live-action footage directed by Walt Disney. It was the last film made by Laugh-O-Gram Films and served as a “pilot” film for the Alice Comedies series which Walt Disney and his team embarked upon after securing a distribution deal with Winkler Pictures.

Plot Summary

Alice visits an animation studio and is shown a new work in progress. That night, she dreams that she gets on a train that takes her to Cartoon Land where she attends a parade of cartoon characters and performs a dance. She returns to the real world after she jumps off a cliff while being chased by some lions that have escaped from the zoo and wakes up in her bed.

Credits

Crew
Director: Ub Iwerks
Laugh-O-Gram Films
Producer: M.J. Winkler
Scenario: Walt Disney
Characters: Lewis Carroll
Directors of Photography: Ubbe Iwerks, Rudolf Ising
Music (Added in 1999): Alexander Rannie
Animators: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Ub Iwerks, Max Maxwell

Cast
Virginia Davis (Alice)
Walt Disney
Ub Iwerks
Hugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Margaret Davis [Alice’s mother – uncredited]

Extracts included in
The Walt Disney Story (1973)
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001)

References

Books
The Disney Studio Story pp.12, 118 – note, credits
Of Mice and Magic by Leonard Maltin p.343 – note
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.9 – credits