We never realized how much work went into making our favourite animated classics until now!
On Wednesday, old behind-the-scene photos from the making of “Alice in Wonderland” emerged on Reddit. The caption read: “Kathryn Beaumont, the actress for Alice in Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ doing live-action reference for Disney animators.”
In the photos, Beaumont looks just like her animated counterpart! Decked out in Alice's iconic outfit, the little girl is seen acting out all of the character's adventures.
According to Bored Panda, Walt Disney chose Beaumont to be the voice of Alice when she was just 10 years old and loved her look so much that he asked her to be a model for the film’s animators. Thanks to the little girl, the artists were then able to produce as much as 23 to 24 seconds of animation each week.
By the time the film was finally released in 1951, Beaumont was 13 years old. She then went on to voice Wendy Darling in Disney’s “Peter Pan” two years later.
Now that we know who the real-life Alice is, it’s utterly fascinating to watch her acting get turned into animation. In a series of gifs posted to Imgur, we can see Beaumont acting out iconic scenes from the Disney classic and how the animators converted her reactions and movements into cartoon.
Just take a look for yourself.
Imgur users were just as captivated as we were by the behind the scene shots. One user wrote, “I can’t stop watching these, her acting seems so pure and genuine.”
Another said: “Oh god how I wish they had done this entire movie in live action with her as the lead!”
Following her Disney movie roles, Beaumont attended UCLA before becoming an elementary school teacher. She retired after 36 years and in 1998 was named a Disney Legend. Today, the former child voice actress lives in southern California.
The emergence of these behind-the-scenes photos from “Alice In Wonderland” couldn’t come at a better time. This year, Lewis Carroll’s novel on which the movie was based celebrates its 150th anniversary!