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November 15

November 15, 1928 – The Alice Comedy Alice Rattled by Rats is Released

“Guard the house while I’m gone—“

On November 15, 1928, the Alice Comedy Alice Rattled by Rats was released to theaters. It was the 25th Alice Comedy released, and the tenth to feature second Alice actress Margie Gay.

The short film begins with Alice packing for a trip and telling Julius to guard the house while she’s gone. Julius waves goodbye and prepares for his duties to guard Alice’s house. As he patrols the house, a couple of rats start causing mischief. Julius tries to shoot the rat, only his gun isn’t working, so he then chases the rat into the house. Julius ends up falling into a barrel of home brewed liquor, and ends up falling down drunk. The rats have taken over the house at this point, playing the piano and dancing into a frenzy. The rats then use household items to create other musical instruments, and use the shower to create a waterslide. Julius is still walking around drunk, unable to stop himself from being abused by the rats. Alice returns home, confused, and Julius finds himself thrown out of the house and into a cactus patch. Julius then tries to get the rats out via a bomb, only the bomb is thrown back at him and Alice, and explodes.

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November 1

November 1, 1926 – The Alice Comedy Alice Cuts the Ice is Released to Theaters

On November 1, 1926, the Alice Comedy Alice Cuts the Ice was released to theaters. It was the 36th Alice Comedy released, and the 20th to feature second Alice actress Margie Gay. It has since been classified as a lost film.

August 8

August 8, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice the Beach Nut is Released to Theaters

On August 8, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice the Beach Nut was released to theaters. It was the 56th Alice Comedy to be released, the 9th to feature fourth and final Alice actress Lois Hardwick, and the final short film to feature the character of Julius the Cat. Like many of the Alice Comedies starring Lois Hardwick, the film has since been classified as a lost film.

July 11

July 11, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Medicine Show is Released to Theaters

On July 11, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Medicine Show was released to theaters. It was the 54th Alice Comedy released, and the 7th to feature fourth and final Alice actress Lois Hardwick. Like many of the Alice Comedies starring Hardwick, the film has since been classified as a lost film.

February 7

February 7, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice at the Carnival is Released to Theaters

On February 7, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice at the Carnival was released to theaters. It was the 43rd Alice Comedy released, and the 27th to feature second Alice actress Margie Gay. It has since been classified as a lost cartoon.

July 29

July 29, 1922 – The Laugh-O-gram Short Film Little Red Riding Hood Premieres in Theaters

On July 29, 1922, the Laugh-o-Gram short film Little Red Riding Hood premiered in theaters. Though Walt Disney had had success with the Newman Laugh-O-grams in the early 1920s, this new short film was his first foray into the animation business among the likes of the New York studios. Though this short film would start a string of adapted fairy tale cartoons, this venture would fail until Disney created the Alice Comedies. The film was considered a lost film for decades, but a print was found in the 1990s in a London film library; the short was eventually restored by the Walt Disney Company when they acquired it in 1998.

July 10

July 10, 1981 – The Short Tribute Film Once Upon a Mouse is Released

“…we invite you to relive with us the story telling magic, the wit, the wisdom, the humor, the understanding of a very special person who gave the world a timeless and universal art form.”

On July 10, 1981, the tribute short film Once Upon a Mouse was released. A joint production between Kramer/Rocklin Studios and Walt Disney Productions, this short was released to honor the Disney Studios’ twentieth animated feature film. It is a mix of clips from Disney animated features, short films, and clips from Disneyland, showcasing Disney Studios from its early days to the status it had in the early 1980s.