Interesting facts about the film adaptation of the fairy tale "Alice in Wonderland"
In 1903 cinema screens went silent black and white film "Alice in Wonderland" Cecil Hepworth. And it was with him began a triumphal procession of Alice in the film world. This film was the first but not the only one. We've put together for our readers some interesting facts about the history of the film adaptation of Lewis Carroll tale.
Black and white Alice
"Alice in Wonderland" was not the first attempt to Disney to make a film based on the book by Lewis Carroll. In fact, the first success in Hollywood, Walt was achieved thanks to the product of Carroll. In 1923, Disney made a dumb comedy "Alice's Wonderland" (which is usually combined with the animation film). The film tells about a little girl who fell into the hand-drawn Wonderland. Short became a hit.
Mary Pickford almost became Alice
In 1933, Disney wanted to see Mary Pickford as Alice. Samples were preserved even photos Pickford dress Alice. However, Paramount studio ahead of Disney studio, and the first acquired the film rights to the work.
11 documented meetings
Scene from the movie
In 1939, Disney was still trying to make a movie based on "Alice". Preserved for at least 11 documented meetings in which Walt discussed the possibility of a film with its employees. In 1939, British artist David Hall has created 400 drawings and Disney tried to make them into an animation, set to music. After that, Walt decided to postpone the project, calling it "too raw".
Aldous Huxley rewrote the script
Although the filming of movies on Alice's Adventures plans collapsed one after the other, Disney was not going to give up. In the fall of 1945, Walt Disney hired the writer Aldous Huxley, that he completely reworked the script for the film. Disney believed that Huxley, being an inveterate fan of Lewis Carroll, will be able to write something closer in spirit to the original work of Carroll.
As a result, Huxley scenarios were combined shooting of live actors and animated characters. Huxley paid $ 7500 for the screenplay, but Disney eventually gave it up, finding "too literary." The writer's wife later said that it was the only script that wrote her husband.
Actors lost toon
The actors also starred in scenes which were then displayed as an animation. Disney artists often asked the actors to those performed in the live scene, to better convey their movement in the animation. "Alice in Wonderland" was no exception. For example, Ed Wynn, Kathryn Beaumont Jerry Colonna live scene played tea party with the Mad Hatter.
at least 30 songs were written for the film
For the film of not less than 30 songs were written that have been rejected. One of these songs, the tune "Over the laughing sky", later appeared under the title "Second star to the right" in "Peter Pan" and the rest of the songs completely abandoned.
In 1952, the soundtrack was nominated for "Oscar"
The film was nominated for the "Oscar" for best scoring of the music scene. Music, which was included in the film, has received critical acclaim. For the soundtrack to the film composer (who also wrote the music for "Cinderella" and "Peter Pan") was nominated for the "Oscar" in 1952. But winning that year the soundtrack to "American in Paris".
The Duchess and Pig
Lewis Carroll fans probably remember the horrible scene where Alice meets Ugly Duchess, who has a child turning into a pig. Early script of "Alice" did include this scene.
No heart is screaming farce ...
The animator Ward Kimball and his characters
Despite decades spent on the development of hundreds of drawings, countless options, dozens of songs, many scripts, and so on. E., No one at the studio did not like the end result. Walt said that the cartoon "no heart" and animator Ward Kimball called it "a screaming vaudeville."
Initially, the public did not accept the cartoon
In 1951, when the animated film was released, the fees amounted to only 2, $ 1 million. Tape has become a classic just over 15 years later.