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|imagecaption=Copy of the ''Alice Comedies'' title card, signed by the late Virginia Davis (who played Alice for the majority of the shorts).
 
|imagecaption=Copy of the ''Alice Comedies'' title card, signed by the late Virginia Davis (who played Alice for the majority of the shorts).
 
|status=<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Lost'''</span>
 
|status=<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Lost'''</span>
 
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The '''''Alice Comedies''''' was another early animation project by Walt Disney. These silent shorts were known for their innovative animation and special effects. Various actresses played Alice throughout the shorts' production, including Virginia Davis, Margie Gay, Dawn O'Day, and Lois Hardwick.
  
The '''''Alice Comedies''''' were another early animation project by Walt Disney. These silent shorts were known for their innovative animation and special effects. Various actresses played Alice throughout the shorts' production, including Virginia Davis, Margie Gay, Dawn O'Day, and Lois Hardwick.
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The shorts were based on a girl named Alice (played by a live-action actress) who seemingly lived in an animated world. The first ''Alice Comedy'', "Alice's Wonderland," paralleled the plot of Lewis Carroll's ''Alice in Wonderland'', which led to the premise of the series, depicting Alice's adventures in a cartoon world.  
  
The shorts were based around a live-action girl named Alice who would fall asleep or get knocked out and end up in an animated dreamworld. The first Alice Comedy in particular (titled ''Alice's Wonderland'') paralleled the plot of Lewis Carroll's ''Alice in Wonderland'', which led to the premise of the series, depicting Alice's adventures in a cartoon world.  
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==Availability==
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Many of these shorts, particularly the ones from later in the shorts run, have been lost. Historians have put much effort into finding these shorts, with one resurfacing every few years or so. Many of the found episodes have been released in parts of the ''Walt Disney Treasures'' series. Most of them have been uploaded to YouTube.<ref>[http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSog7rttbPwPYMEjHauJI5o88yCJCMdcH A YouTube playlist of the found ''Alice Comedies'' episodes.]</ref>
  
Many of these shorts, particularly the ones from late in its run, have gone missing. Historians have put much effort into finding these shorts, with one popping up every few years or so. Many of the found episodes have been released in parts of the ''Walt Disney Treasures'' series. A complete listing of lost episodes can be found in the Wikipedia link below.
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==Episode List==
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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==Samples of Found Content==
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! style="background-color:green" | #
{| class="wikitable" style="margin: auto;"
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! style="background-color:green" | Short Title
|- style="vertical-align:top;"
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! style="background-color:green" | Status
| {{#ev:youtube|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oahIbe-A8lM|320x240|center|One of the rediscovered episodes.}}
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|-
| {{#ev:youtube|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUdAQ7rtU9I|320x240|center|Visual highlights of the series.}}
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|1||Alice's Wonderland||[https://youtu.be/Wzn4JDIw2dk<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|2||Alice's Day at Sea||[https://youtu.be/P4flsSmhJ-g<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|3||Alice's Spooky Adventure||[https://youtu.be/TsMAG-Uz5M8<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|4||Alice's Wild West Show||[https://youtu.be/kWqnd154wwk<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|5||Alice's Fishy Story||[https://youtu.be/-e4PFToZDss<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|6||Alice and the Dog Catcher||[https://youtu.be/wI-Y-EYGI-I<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|7||Alice the Peacemaker||<span style="color:green;">'''Found'''
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|-
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|8||Alice Gets in Dutch||[https://youtu.be/GDIlRtI-Hng<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|9||Alice Hunting in Africa||<span style="color:green;">'''Found'''
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|-
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|10||Alice and the Three Bears||[https://youtu.be/TSOdYeCzGjA<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|11||Alice the Piper||[https://youtu.be/6CMI7e7YbqE<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|12||Alice Cans the Cannibals||[https://youtu.be/uaizAgW5ELQ<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|13||Alice the Toreador||[https://youtu.be/7V-MSCl3SSw<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|14||Alice Gets Stung||[https://youtu.be/xP0GT1Tg2q0<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|15||Alice Solves the Puzzle||[https://youtu.be/Oeey-aUOR_c<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|16||Alice's Egg Plant||[https://youtu.be/faWtdVRDUA8<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|17||Alice Loses Out||[https://youtu.be/aNFQKjciei8<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|18||Alice Gets Stage Struck||[https://youtu.be/IBzts_Stl1c<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|19||Alice Wins the Derby||[https://youtu.be/V4v3qfJSv-g<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|20||Alice Picks the Champ||[https://youtu.be/sJnZTZaVgH4<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|21||Alice's Tin Pony||[https://youtu.be/8R9GKX1CmN8<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|22||Alice Chops the Suey||[https://youtu.be/dzVolaRTm94<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|23||Alice the Jail Bird||[https://youtu.be/yr6OVgW-N40<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|24||Alice Plays Cupid||<span style="color:green;">'''Found'''
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|-
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|25||Alice Rattled by Rats||[https://youtu.be/0sU_EclIX_s<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|26||Alice in the Jungle||[https://youtu.be/sO7HXbx1hH0<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|27||Alice on the Farm||[https://youtu.be/oYlpPDVlsb0<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|28||Alice's Balloon Race||[https://youtu.be/oahIbe-A8lM<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|29||Alice's Orphan||[https://youtu.be/VgoFI_B9NXA<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|30||Alice's Little Parade||[https://youtu.be/JYFdPLQ964A<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|31||Alice's Mysterious Mystery||[https://youtu.be/TFUqy0bg8_0<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|32||Alice Charms the Fish||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|33||Alice's Monkey Business||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|34||Alice in the Wooly West||[https://youtu.be/5K4-158N8hw<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|35||Alice the Fire Fighter||[https://youtu.be/qh9o6oyTc_E<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|36||Alice Cuts the Ice||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|37||Alice Helps the Romance||[https://youtu.be/ZeDPNiKuMq0<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|38||Alice's Spanish Guitar||<span style="color:green;">'''Found'''
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|-
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|39||Alice's Brown Derby||[https://youtu.be/3Wy-OHcnCZ0<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|40||Alice the Lumber Jack||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|41||Alice the Golf Bug||<span style="color:green;">'''Found'''
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|-
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|42||Alice Foils the Pirates||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|43||Alice at the Carnival||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|44||Alice's Rodeo||[https://youtu.be/T_onXGVdi5w<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|45||Alice the Collegiate||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|46||Alice in the Alps||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|47||Alice's Auto Race||[https://youtu.be/SKoLI1RBAlA<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Found''']
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|-
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|48||Alice's Circus Daze||[https://youtu.be/PSx9FtbT43w<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|49||Alice's Knaughty Knight||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|50||Alice's Three Bad Eggs||<span style="color:green;">'''Found'''
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|-
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|51||Alice's Picnic||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|52||Alice's Channel Swim||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|53||Alice in the Klondike||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|54||Alice's Medicine Show||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|55||Alice the Whaler||[https://youtu.be/IFNQJLBjFSw<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
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|-
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|56||Alice the Beach Nut||<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''
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|-
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|57||Alice in the Big League||[https://youtu.be/ODQS35PiL3c<span style="color:green;">'''Found''']
 
|}
 
|}
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*While Screenshots and the reels of some of these films are known to exist, they are not currently available for public viewing.
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==Gallery==
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{{Video|perrow  =1
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  |service1    =youtube
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  |id1          =oUdAQ7rtU9I
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  |description1 =Visual highlights of the series.
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}}
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==External Links==
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Comedies A Wikipedia page on ''Alice Comedies'' that includes a listing of lost and found episodes.] Retrieved 10 May '15
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*[http://www.toonzone.net/forums/threads/popeye-and-the-alice-comedies-in-the-public-domain.4966711/#.VRZQLaU_7fo Toonzone forum discussion about status in the public domain.] Retrieved 10 May '15
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*[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5Qx088Q6zGEMA66KU-DAR7Tq-oyo-Mcx Another YouTube playlist containing episodes of ''Alice Comedies''.] Retrieved 10 May '15
  
==Sources==
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==Reference==
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Comedies Wikipedia page, including a listing of lost and found episodes]
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{{reflist}}
*[http://www.bcdb.com/cartoons/Other_Studios/W/M._J._Winkler_Productions/Alice_Comedies/ Big Cartoon Database article]
 
*[http://www.toonzone.net/forums/threads/popeye-and-the-alice-comedies-in-the-public-domain.4966711/#.VRZQLaU_7fo Toonzone forum discussion about status in public domain]
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 03:12, 3 April 2021

AliceComedies-VirginiaDavisSignature.jpg

Copy of the Alice Comedies title card, signed by the late Virginia Davis (who played Alice for the majority of the shorts).

Status: Partially Lost

The Alice Comedies was another early animation project by Walt Disney. These silent shorts were known for their innovative animation and special effects. Various actresses played Alice throughout the shorts' production, including Virginia Davis, Margie Gay, Dawn O'Day, and Lois Hardwick.

The shorts were based on a girl named Alice (played by a live-action actress) who seemingly lived in an animated world. The first Alice Comedy, "Alice's Wonderland," paralleled the plot of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, which led to the premise of the series, depicting Alice's adventures in a cartoon world.

Availability

Many of these shorts, particularly the ones from later in the shorts run, have been lost. Historians have put much effort into finding these shorts, with one resurfacing every few years or so. Many of the found episodes have been released in parts of the Walt Disney Treasures series. Most of them have been uploaded to YouTube.[1]

Episode List

# Short Title Status
1 Alice's Wonderland Found
2 Alice's Day at Sea Found
3 Alice's Spooky Adventure Found
4 Alice's Wild West Show Found
5 Alice's Fishy Story Found
6 Alice and the Dog Catcher Found
7 Alice the Peacemaker Found
8 Alice Gets in Dutch Found
9 Alice Hunting in Africa Found
10 Alice and the Three Bears Found
11 Alice the Piper Found
12 Alice Cans the Cannibals Found
13 Alice the Toreador Found
14 Alice Gets Stung Found
15 Alice Solves the Puzzle Found
16 Alice's Egg Plant Found
17 Alice Loses Out Found
18 Alice Gets Stage Struck Found
19 Alice Wins the Derby Found
20 Alice Picks the Champ Found
21 Alice's Tin Pony Found
22 Alice Chops the Suey Found
23 Alice the Jail Bird Found
24 Alice Plays Cupid Found
25 Alice Rattled by Rats Found
26 Alice in the Jungle Found
27 Alice on the Farm Found
28 Alice's Balloon Race Found
29 Alice's Orphan Found
30 Alice's Little Parade Found
31 Alice's Mysterious Mystery Found
32 Alice Charms the Fish Lost
33 Alice's Monkey Business Lost
34 Alice in the Wooly West Found
35 Alice the Fire Fighter Found
36 Alice Cuts the Ice Lost
37 Alice Helps the Romance Found
38 Alice's Spanish Guitar Found
39 Alice's Brown Derby Found
40 Alice the Lumber Jack Lost
41 Alice the Golf Bug Found
42 Alice Foils the Pirates Lost
43 Alice at the Carnival Lost
44 Alice's Rodeo Found
45 Alice the Collegiate Lost
46 Alice in the Alps Lost
47 Alice's Auto Race Partially Found
48 Alice's Circus Daze Found
49 Alice's Knaughty Knight Lost
50 Alice's Three Bad Eggs Found
51 Alice's Picnic Lost
52 Alice's Channel Swim Lost
53 Alice in the Klondike Lost
54 Alice's Medicine Show Lost
55 Alice the Whaler Found
56 Alice the Beach Nut Lost
57 Alice in the Big League Found
  • While Screenshots and the reels of some of these films are known to exist, they are not currently available for public viewing.

Gallery

Visual highlights of the series.

External Links

Reference