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YES VIRGINIA THERE IS A DISNEY WORLD. UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH WALT DISNEY’S FIRST MUSE, “ALICE”.

This used to be Disney’s playground. His pride and joy began at the age of 19/20 when he began shooting his first series of films with a 4 year old actress named Virginia Davis.  On October 16, 1923, “Alice’s Day at Sea”began production. So even though some people think it all started with a mouse, it really all began with a character named Alice. 

Walt Disney clearly did not write the famous “Alice in Wonderland”, which was created by Lewis Carroll. Disney did feel that Alice in Wonderland was the perfect story medium for his early career as a filmmaker.  It took him about twenty years to recreate Lewis Carroll’s story in its entirety.

Here’s an excerpt from the first film made with Virginia Davis playing Alice, taken from Youtube. 

 The films began shooting in Missouri,  in Virginia’s actual home, because Walt was operating on a limited budget. Disney eventually moved the entire production to Hollywood, LA, where his brother Roy was recovering from tuberculosis. They set up a small studio in a garage, negotiating with a film distributor to produce one “Alice” picture a month. 

Virginia was paid $100 a month starting out. By the end of the year it went up to $200 a year – which was a great salary for the early 1920s.  

Some people think that Virginia Davis was eventually replaced by Disney because she aged out of the role. The truth is that she ended up moving on because her mother was not happy with her contract. Ms. Davis’ mom even turned down the speaking role of “Snow White”, which would have required her daughter to stop working for three years while the film was in production. Can you imagine living your entire life knowing that you turned down that role? 

They always say “no regrets”. But I am sure she regretted her mother’s decision to turn down her new contract. Over the next twenty years, until the 1940s, Davis went onto work for other studios in other films, sometimes under the screen name of “Mary Daily”. After she was married in 1943, she slowly ended her film career to start a family.

In 2009, Virginia Davis passed away at the age of 90. August 15th will mark the anniversary of her death. Although there were several child actors before her, she certainly made her mark as one of the more memorable early film stars of the United States, even preceeding Shirley Temple (who also had beautiful curls). 

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE MOTHERS GONE? TIME GOES BY SO SLOWLY.. AND AT DISNEY..TIME CAN DO SO MUCH TO ALL THE PARENT CHARACTERS, MOSTLY THE MOMS

Walt Disney’s mom Flora died shortly after he filmed Snow White. Tragically,because of a faulty furnace, she suffocated in the new Hollywood home that was purchased because of her sons’ success after living in the home for less than a month. Walt’s mom died on the scene, but his father survived after being treated at the hospital and lived for another three years. Who doesn’t want to be able to buy a house for their parents? 

Does that explain why so many Disney mom’s die tragically, either before or during each Disney film? She was alive before Snow White was filmed, so I don’t necessarily think that explains everything – but I do think that it contributes a bit – I’ve heard that Walt constantly grieved for his mom and felt partially responsible for her death.

I’ll never forget the scene where Bambi loses his mom. And I cry almost every time that Dumbo tries to visit his mom in jail. 

 

While many of the original fairy tales include the death of parents as part of the story line, mothers are noticeably absent for most of the films, while fathers are usually present.

They say that Walt Disney was forever haunted by the death of his mother, who is now buried, along with Walt and the rest of his family, in Forest Memorial Park in Glendale California. 

Time goes by slowly, especially without a mom in your life. And for Walt, as talented as he was, time went by the slowest that it could. We do know his mom had to be proud of him. What mom wouldn’t be? 

NAME THE DISNEY CHARACTER WITH MISSING OR DEAD PARENTS

  • SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS   
  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST  
  • PINOCCHIO 
  • BAMBI
  •  THE FOX AND THE HOUND 
  • CINDERELLA
  • PETER PAN  
  • THE SWORD IN THE STONE
  • THE RESCUERS
  • THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE
  • FROZEN
  • THE LITTLE MERMAID
  • A GOOFY MOVIE
  • ALADDIN & JASMINE
  • SIMBA FROM THE LION KING
  • THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE  
  • LILO & STITCH
  • FINDING NEMO  
  • PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN  
  • RATATOUILLE  
  • TRON: LEGACY  
  • WRECK IT RALPH  
  • BIG HERO SIX
  • DUMBO
  • ENCHANTED
  • THE JUNGLE BOOK  
  • ATLANTIS, THE LOST EMPIRE
  • THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME  ”
  • BROTHER BEAR
  • BOLT