• Vintage Film Posters and Film  auction at Christies

    Sale 5872

    Vintage Film Posters and Film Memorabilia

    24 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 334

    Walt Disney Studios

    Price Realised  

    Walt Disney Studios
    A rare complete story outline for the 1927 Walt Disney Studios Alice Comedies "Alice, The Beach Nut", 3p. of mimeographed typescript, listing Flash 1-33, describing playfully the opening scene 1. Iris opens on long shot of beach, waves breaking on beach, characters running and diving in waves...; the introductory scenes continue until 3. Flash -- L.S of beach. Alice struts on and poses; the story continues detailing the arrival of a girl cat 15...Chauffeur opens door and girl gets out very ritzy. Chauffeur turns car inside out into beach dressing room. Girl goes in; descriptive images of the beach landscape continue until the introduction of Julius, Alice's side-kick cat 16. Flash -- Julius. He sees the girl (cat) and registers love at first sight. Heart goes up and breaks into balloon of cat cupid with, machine gun. He shoots arrow at Julius; the story outline focuses on Julius's unrequinted love for the girl cat until she falls into difficulty whilst swimming and Julius rescues her 32. Flash -- C.U of girl and cat. Julius pumps girl's tail and water comes out of her mouth... It wakes her up, she sees Julius and falls for him. They kiss...33. Flash -- L.S of Alice and crowd watching them. cat and girl see crowd. Julius pulls umberella in front of them. Shadows fall on umberella show as they kiss... Iris out


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    The Alice Comedies were a series of 56 silent cartoons made by Walt Disney between 1924 and 1927. After the completion of the first episode Alice's Wonderland the failing Laugh-O-Gram studio which was to distribute the film closed down and Disney was forced to find a new distributor. It was Margaret Winkler of Winkler Pictures who agreed to send out the film.
    Alice, The Beach Nut was the penultimate in the series and was released on the 8 August 1927. Walt Disney concluded the series at this point as he wanted to start concentrating on pure animation, he was tiring of the combination of action and animation as seen in the Alice Comedies. Disney, the director of Alice, The Beach Nut, Lois Hardwick played Alice, a the live action character, with Ub Iwerks as the chief animator.
    This rare three page complete synopsis was originally obtained from the Bert Gillett estate, Gillett being one of Disney's early directors who started with the company in 1929. Over his career Gillett directed 48 cartoons including Mickey's Good Deed, 1932 and Three Little Pigs, 1933.

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