Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Disney's Out of the Inkwell

What happens when you take Felix the Cat and an Out of the Inkwell cartoon? You get Walt Disney. Well, you get 1925 Walt Disney. Here’s a frame from the opening of Alice Chops the Suey.

Things get a little more original after that. Alice (Margie Gay) jumps out of the inkwell and shakes off the ink. The animator’s hand draws a pagoda backdrop. Suddenly a scary, enlarged Oriental rat grabs the fur off the Felix substitute (named Julius) and uses it as a bag to capture Alice before running off to sell her into white slavery.

The cartoon ends with Julius and Alice in the safety of the inkwell, pulled off screen by the hand.

There’s plenty of animation and little live action. I suspect Hugh Harman, Rudy Ising and Ub Iwerks were among the animators on this one.

1 comment:

  1. Disney's earliest cartoons sometimes seem derived from other cartoon studios of the day, especially those of Fleischer and Terrytoons. This continues into the earliest Silly Symphonies, which contain some very Fleischer-esque bits. But by the time of "Flowers and Trees" and "Three Little Pigs", the Disney cartoons were setting the trends rather than following them. Some of the Fleischer cartoons from the mid-30's onward seem imitative of Disney!