Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Versions of Alice





I love Mary Blair's color sketches of Alice. Her chubby arms and legs feel very doll like. I wonder how likable and identifiable this stylized Alice might have been in animation.





David Hall's earlier development work on the character show a skinny and more realistic looking girl.
These stick like legs create a graphic contrast to the bulky blue dress.





Add Kathryn Beaumont's performance and Milt Kahl's draughtsmanship and you get the final, approved look for the title character in Alice in Wonderland



6 comments:

  1. I like Mr. Kahls work through and through. The man was a genius.

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  2. David Hall's development art is fascinating. Had his version been made, I imagine the film would have been closer stylistically to Snow White and Pinocchio: fantastical but brimming with darkness.

    But in the end, I'm happy with the film we got. Mary Blair's surreal touch adds a lot to the film, and Kathryn Beaumont is perfect as Alice.

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  3. I just love Alice, like Charles Dickens loves Red Riding Hood. Can't get enough of her, she's so adorable

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  4. thanks for your book on the nine old men ! now i wait for a full one dedicated on Milt Kahl :)

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  5. Ca va Georges?
    J'espère que tu vas bien. Je pourrais utiliser ton talent formidable sur mon film MUSHKA!

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