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Twelve years prior to the 1951 film, Alice in Wonderland has been planned out since the 1930's, as the first ever animated feature by Disney.

However, despite of Walt Disney's enthusiasm, the film was postponed and cancelled due to restricted budgets that had imposed the studio during World War II, plus the film was not released until the year 1951.


The 1939 draft had beautiful artwork and storyboards done by the talented British concept and visual development artist David Hall, a script by Al Perkins, and songs by Frank Churchill. The Leica reel composed for the film even had a voice cast, such as Cliff Edwards (who played Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio) portraying the Anthropomorphic "Drink Me" Bottle.

Walt Disney ultimately turned the draft down, as the Wonderland's denizens looked far too monstrous for his tastes, and were hard to animate, as they resembled the Teniel illustrations too closely. The tone overall was also incredibly grim and frightening, with most of the Wonderland's inhabitants being outright bloodthirsty towards poor Alice, (such as the Mad Hatter and March Hare are about to dice her into pieces with scissors and a knife, Alice had being attacked by hordes of birds, and had ever being placed on a guillotine near the end).

Ultimately, Walt Disney Animation Studios instead went for a lighter, more modern approach with the final film. However, bits and pieces of this early version have emerged from time to time.


The film opens with Alice on a riverbank like in the 1951 final version. She eventually sees the White Rabbit and follows him down a hole leading to a massive void of gems, stars, and ferocious bats. She then meets the Anthropomorphic "Drink Me" Bottle (voiced by Cliff Edwards), who offers to give Alice a drink of his magic, growing her and then shrinking her. When she shrinks, she is washed into Wonderland by her own tears. She is rescued by the Mouse, and then whisked off to the island of the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle and participates in the Lobster Quadriddle. The Cheshire Cat then scares them all away, but befriends Alice in her hunt for the White Rabbit.


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  • "Lobster Quadriddle"


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Shorts and Specials: A Lesson in Appreciating Differences | Donald in Mathmagic Land | Reading Magic with Figment and Alice in Wonderland | One Hour in Wonderland | Operation Wonderland
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Live action films: Alice Kingsleigh | Charles Kingsleigh | Margaret Kingsleigh | Helen Kingsleigh | Lady Ascot | Lord Ascot | Hamish Ascot | Fiona and Faith Chattaway | Nivins McTwisp | Tarrant Hightopp | Thackery Earwicket | Mally | Absolem | The Tweedle Boys | Chessur | Uilleam | Bielle | Bayard | Frog Servants | Tall Flowers | The Red Queen | The White Queen | Knave of Hearts | Monkey Servants | Bandersnatch | The Jub Jub Bird | Jabberwocky | Armoured Cards | Armoured Chess Pieces | Time
Other: Mary Ann | Humpty Dumpty


Animated film: Drink Me Bottle | Eat Me Cookies | White Rabbit's Watch
Live action films: Upelkuchen | Oraculum | Chronosphere
Other: Mad Hatter's hat


Animated film: Wonderland | Rabbit Hole | The Exterior | White Rabbit's House | Shoreline | The Meadow of Living Flowers | The Mushroom | The Mad Hatter's House | The Queen of Hearts' Castle | Wonderland Maze | Tulgey Wood | England | London
Live action films: Underland | The Red Queen's Castle | The White Queen's Castle | Time's Castle


Animated film: Alice in Wonderland | In a World of My Own | I'm Late | Sailor's Hornpipe | The Caucus Race | How Do You Do and Shake Hands | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Old Father William | All in the Golden Afternoon | The Unbirthday Song | Very Good Advice | Painting the Roses Red | Dodgsonland | Ocean of Tears | Simon Says | Whooooo Are Youuuuu?
Live action films: Alice's theme | Alice | Just Like Fire | White Rabbit
Deleted: Beyond the Laughing Sky | Beautiful Soup | Beware the Jabberwock | I'm Odd | The Lobster Quadrille

Deleted Concepts and Characters

Jabberwocky | Anthropomorphic "Drink Me" Bottle | The Puppy | The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle | 1933 film | 1939 film

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