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November 15

November 15, 1924 – The Alice Comedy Alice Hunting in Africa is Released to Theaters

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“I sincerely believe I have made a great deal of improvement on this subject in the line of humorous situations and I assure you that I will make it a point to inject as many funny gags and comical situations into future productions…”

On November 15, 1924, the Alice Comedy Alice Hunting in Africa premiered in theaters. The short, starring Virginia Davis as Alice, was actually the third Alice Comedy produced, but it was not released due to concerns from the distributor that it wasn’t funny enough. The short would then be released months later as the ninth Alice Comedy. While not a lost film, the film has not been released on home video.

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October 15

October 15, 1925 – The Alice Comedy Alice Plays Cupid is Released to Theaters

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On October 15, 1925, the Alice Comedy Alice Plays Cupid premiered in theaters. It was the 24th Alice Comedy released, and the ninth starring second Alice actress Margie Gay. The short features Alice helping pal Julius, working as a lifeguard, get the girl he saves. While not a lost film, the short has not been released on home video.

September 20

September 20, 1926 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Monkey Business is Released to Theaters

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On September 20, 1926, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Monkey Business premiered in theaters. It was the 33rd Alice Comedy released, and the 17th to feature Margie Gay as Alice. The short has since been considered a lost film.

September 6

September 6, 1926 – The Alice Comedy Alice Charms the Fish is Released to Theaters

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On September 6, 1926, the Alice Comedy Alice Charms the Fish premiered in theaters. It was the 32nd Alice Comedy released, and the 16th starring Margie Gay as Alice. The film has since become known as a lost film, and is one of the earliest releases to be classified as such.

August 25

August 25, 1923 – Walt Disney Writes Letter About Establishing a New Cartoon Studio

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“…I am establishing a studio in Los Angeles for the purpose of producing the new and novel series of cartoons I have previously written about.”

On August 25, 1923, Walt Disney sent a letter to distributor Margaret Winkler stating his intentions of establishing a new cartoon studio, particularly for the development of the series that would go on to be the Alice Comedies. Walt’s other studio, Laugh-O-gram Films, was floundering after not even being open for a year, and in serious danger of going belly-up. During this time, he was inspired by the Out of the Inkwell series of cartoons of an animated character in the world, and started developing the idea of the Alice Comedies. He had written Winkler once he had established the idea and, while she showed interest in distribution, Walt’s funds dried up after the film was only half completed. Eventually, he had no choice but to declare bankruptcy and went out West to Los Angeles. After looking around Los Angeles for directing gigs, he concluded that he would have to break into the industry with his cartoons; he then printed special stationary bearing the title of “Walt Disney, Cartoonist,” and declared his intentions in a letter to Winkler about establishing a new cartoon studio to work on the Alice Comedy “Alice’s Wonderland.” The gamble paid off, and on October 15, 1923, Winkler sent him a telegram with the offer of a contract. The Disney Studio was officially created the next day, October 16, 1923.

August 22

August 22, 1927 – The Final Alice Comedy Alice in the Big League Premieres in Theaters

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On August 22, 1927, the 57th and final Alice Comedy, Alice in the Big League, was released to theaters. It starred Lois Hardwick as the fourth and final actress to play Alice. By the time this short film was released, it had become apparent to Walt, as well as his distributor Charles Mintz, that the Alice Comedies had run their course, with Alice not serving well as a comedic figure and Julius the cat providing most of the comedic intrigue; Walt was also working with Ub Iwerks on the first cartoon of what would become Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. While Alice in the Big League is not a lost cartoon, it has not been released on home video.

August 1

August 1, 1924 – The Alice Comedy Alice the Peacemaker is Released to Theaters

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On August 1, 1924, the seventh Alice Comedy, entitled Alice the Peacemaker, premiered in theaters. The film featured Virginia Davis as Alice. While not considered a lost film, the short has not been released through the Disney Studios for home viewing; it has, however, been shown at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, with the original print kept in protective storage in the Disney Archives.

June 1

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June 1, 1924 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Fishy Story Premieres in Theaters

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“Cease…!! We’re on a strike!!”

On June 1, 1924, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Fishy Story was released to theaters. It was the fifth Alice Comedy produced, and starred Virginia Davis as Alice.

The short begins with Alice at the piano, changing the clock to make it look like her piano practice is over so she can go fishing with the boys. Her mother heads outside to tell the gang that Alice can’t go with them, and Alice pouts as she watches from the window. She sneaks out the window to go fishing anyway, after getting her dog to play the piano for her. Alice and her friends head to the fishing hole, and they quickly begin to catch fish – except for Alice. She starts to tell a story about being at the North Pole with Julius, and in her daydream, it’s announced that fishing is no longer possible due to the Arctic being completely frozen. Julius gets an idea and drills a hole into the ice with his tail, then uses it as bait to catch fish. Unbeknownst to Julius, the fish are refusing to be caught, and they trap Julius under the ice. Julius is saved by a fisherman, and explains the situation to Alice. Alice comes up with an idea when she spies an abandoned ship stuck in the snow, and the pair rush to drop tobacco into the water. When the fish come up to spit the tobacco, Julius hits them over the head and pulls them out, ensuring that there will be enough fish for the entire continent. The boys, however, don’t believe her story. Unfortunately for the group, they are fishing where they aren’t allowed, and are chased away from the fishing hole.

May 16

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May 16, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Three Bad Eggs is Released to Theaters

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On May 26, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Three Bad Eggs premiered in theaters. It was the 50th Alice Comedy produced, and the third starring fourth and final actress Lois Hardwick as Alice. It has subsequently been labeled a lost cartoon.

May 2

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May 2, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Knaughty Knight is Released to Theaters

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On May 2, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Knaughty Knight premiered in theaters. It was the second Alice Comedy to feature the fourth and final actress to play Alice, Lois Hardwick, and was the 49th Alice Comedy produced. It has since been classified as a lost cartoon. The short features Julius donning a suit of armor made out of junk in order to win back his paramour.