Alice in Wonderland’s Original Test Footage


Today I learned something rather interesting. Way back in the day when animated films were drawn by hand, Walt Disney had the actors in the films dress up like the characters they were playing and act out the scenes.

This was so the animators had a reference point when they were drawing, and I guess it helped with the creative process. Trying to record a moving image with a pencil seems like kind of a tall order though.

The video above syncs up the actors’ performances with the actual animation in the film, and I think you’ll agree with me that it’s rather fascinating to watch.


  1. Lt. Brannigan May 17, 2011
  2. kc.accidental May 17, 2011
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