Friday, October 12, 2007

On the Trail of Alice

Sometimes, you start putting together a project like this, and then you realize it may be a little tougher than you thought. Case in point, the Alice Comedies that are among the first films that Walt Disney produced. Some have been released on the Walt Disney Treasures: Disney Rarities DVD, and some on a separate DVD called Alice in Cartoonland.


The problem is that out of all these films, only seventeen have been released on DVD or available in another form. So, how do I locate the remaining Alice films?

Alice star, Virginia Davis


Google has been worn out with my searches trying to find a place to buy/view these films. I would assume Disney has some in the archives, but I don’t think they will let me into the archives to view them. So, I’m looking around for some help.

Anyone have a lead on the Alice Comedies? Any idea where you could see these films? More to the point – do any of these remaining films still exist? I know that prints of them are very rare, so I am still uncertain whether I would be able to find them all.

Any advice?

2 comments:

  1. Many of the Alice films are considered 'lost'. The two sets that you mentioned are probably the best places to find the cartoons.

    There are two shorts, Alice Gets Stung and Alice In The Wooley West, that are on Walt Disney Treasures: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

    I have a book called Walt in Wonderland that is a great resource for all the films Disney produced during the silent era. It's out of print now but if you can get your hands on it you will be in heaven.

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  2. You can probably see by now that I was able to get my hands on a lot of the Alice films and the book you mentioned. Thanks for reading and offering help. Both resources have been great.

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