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Jabberwocky (1951)

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The Jabberwocky is a character that was deleted from the 1951 movie Alice in Wonderland.

Appearances

Alice in Wonderland

It is known that he would appear in the removed song "Beware the Jabberwock", which was to be sung by Stan Freberg. The scene would take place after Alice left the tea party, and before reaching the palace of the Queen of Hearts. The Jabberwock is based on the dragon-like creature from the poem Jabberwocky, included in the original novel Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, and is, itself, commonly (though incorrectly) referred to as the Jabberwocky.

One of many sequences removed from the film, concept art for the sequence would end up being used in a Disney-published picture book version of the Jabberwocky poem. The Jabberwock also appears in the educational film Alice in Wonderland: A Lesson in Appreciating Differences. The poem itself would still be referenced in the final film with the Cheshire Cat's song "Twas Brillig" taking its lyrics from the opening stanza of the poem.

There is a book which shows the original text of Lewis Carroll in relation with the storyboard by Mary Blair for this scene. In it, the "Jabberwock" looks like a bird with lots of legs, and is killed by a young prince.

Wonderland (comic)

Though the Jabberwocky is absent in the movie, it is in the comic book. However, the creature is extremely different from its deleted movie counterpart. It has three green eyes with pupils that don't glow, massive claws, several checkerboard patterns on its skin, wears no clothing, is of a lighter coloration and, despite having wings, is incapable of flight due to their small size. Also, it is referred to as the "Jabberwock".

The creature is first seen in chapter two, "The Tulgey Wood and The Treacle Well", when the White Rabbit is tricked by the Cheshire Cat into reciting a good portion (the first four stanzas) of the poem on the Jabberwocky. The creature, which is apparently summoned when the poem is recited, appears and begins to chase down the Rabbit, scaring off Mary Ann in the process. The Cheshire Cat calls out to the White Rabbit and genuinely seems to be leading him to safety. Unfortunately, the Cat sends him into the Queen's garden (and, by extension, the Jabberwock).

The creature is next (and finally) seen in chapter three, "You're My Maid Now!", causing a massive ruckus in the Queen's garden. It is chasing the Queen of Hearts, who is chasing the White Rabbit for not only "conspiring" with the "Alice Monster", but also ruining her game of croquet with the Duchess. While this goes on, the Card Soldiers are freaking out, as are the flamingos. The hedgehogs, on the other hand, are sitting around, unsure of who to be afraid of more - the enraged Queen or the hungry Jabberwock. The beast grabs the Queen, intending to eat her. However, it learns first-hand that the Queen is more than capable of defending herself, as the Queen leaves one of its eyes tearing up. As the Queen orders the beast to be beheaded, the Rabbit realizes the creature's weakness - the Vorpal Blade. Unfortunately, the guards lack a blade of that sort, so the Queen improvises with an axe, and, in a rage, saves her husband from being eaten, and beheads the beast, which turns out to be nothing more than a page from an old poetry book that came to life.

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Media

Films: Alice in Wonderland | Video | 2010 film | Alice Through the Looking Glass
TV Series: Adventures in Wonderland | Bonkers | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
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
Books: Book for Colors | Alice Favorites | It's About Time! | Little Golden Book | Disney Read-Along | Classic Storybook | Big Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Paper Doll | Paper Dolls | Finds the Garden of Live Flowers | Alice in the White Rabbit's House | Meets the White Rabbit | Alice's Tea Party | Alice's Wonderland Adventure | Mad Hatter's Tea Party | Grin and Play | Down the Rabbit Hole | Alice Meets the White Rabbit | Disney Classics Little Golden Book Library | Wonderland | A Matter of Time
Kingdom Hearts series: Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded
Other Video Games: 2000 game | Alice no Paint Adventure | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | 2010 game | Kinect Disneyland Adventures | Hidden Worlds | Disney Magical World | Disney Universe | Disney's Villains' Revenge
Music: Alice and the Mad Tea Party | Alice and the Trial | Alice and the White Rabbit | All the Songs from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland | Little Nipper Giant Storybook Record Album | Almost Alice

Disney Parks

Alice's Curious Labyrinth | Alice in Wonderland | Alice in Wonderland Maze | Celebrate the Magic | Cheshire Cafe | Disney in the Stars | It's a Small World | Mad T Party | Mad Tea Party | March Hare Refreshments | Mickey Mouse Revue | Once Upon a Time | One Man's Dream | Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall | Storybook Land Canal Boats | The Mad Hatter

Characters

Animated film: Alice | Dinah | Alice's sister | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Dormouse | White Rabbit | Cheshire Cat | The Doorknob | Dodo | Caucus Race Animals | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Curious Oysters | Bill the Lizard | Bread-And-Butterflies | Rose and the Flowers | Rocking-horsefly | Caterpillar | Mother Bird | Tulgey Wood Animals | Birdcage Bird | Hammer and Pencil Birds | Mome Raths | Card Soldiers | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Flamingos | Hedgehogs | The Jury | Dog and Cat Caterpillars
Live action films: Alice Kingsleigh | Margaret Kingsleigh | Lady Ascot | Lord Ascot | Hamish Ascot | The Chataway Girls | Fiona Chataway | Faith Chataway | Nivins McTwisp | Tarrant Hightopp | Thackery Earwicket | Mally | Ansolem | 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

Objects

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

Deleted Concepts and Characters

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

Locations

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

Songs

Animated film: Alice in Wonderland | I'm Late | In a World of My Own | Sailor's Hornpipe | The Caucus Race/Reprise | 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
Deleted: Beyond the Laughing Sky | Beautiful Soup | Beware the Jabberwock | I'm Odd | The Lobster Quadrille

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