Hello folks! We start the week with a leap back just over 80 years ago, to the mid 1920s, when a young Walt Disney landed a deal to produce a series of films based around the reversal of the concept in the Ko-Ko The Clown Out Of The Inkwell shorts. Instead of a cartoon clown popping out and entering our world, a live-action girl would step into an animated land for a delightful run of imaginative adventures. The Alice Comedies really were Walt’s first major success story, allowing him to make his mark in Hollywood and become the first cartoon producer to operate from there, with the building of the fabled Hyperion Avenue studio. Though many of the 57 films are thought to have been lost, and even the ones that survive are rare enough to come by, selections have been made previously available on DVD, but today we’re focusing on a neat little collection from Ray Pointer’s Inkwell Images: Alice In Cartoonland. As with Ray’s other early animation titles, this is another important addition to any serious enthusiast’s library.
Jumping back to the present, and don’t forget that tomorrow’s big Disney/Pixar release Tuesday sees both Ratatouille and the Pixar Short Films Collection coming to stores. Follow those links, and you might be lucky enough to win your copy in our giveaways, thanks to Disney Home Video. You have until midnight tonight!
Stay tooned for the winning names tomorrow! – Ben.