Kathryn Beaumont’s Pre-Disney Live-Action Film

Thinking of females who popped up fairly often in the world of Disney, we might list Kathryn Beaumont or Mary Costa, but they only appeared as voice artists in animation.

Well, that may have been true of Ms. Beaumont’s time with Disney, but before Disney she appeared live

MGM – 1948

Kathryn Beaumont (born 27 June 1938) is an English actress who is best known for providing the voices of both Alice in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Wendy in Disney’s Peter Pan (1953). Walt Disney personally cast Beaumont after seeing the film On an Island with You, in which child actress Beaumont had a small role as Penelope Peabody:

My favorite line of hers from the film occurs when her mother is trying to get her a part in a film (being made within the film) from Mr. Buckley (Jimmy Durante). Beaumont recites ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ to be included in a wedding scene. Buckley puts them off by telling the pair that Penelope is ‘too British!’ Penelope looks up at her movie mother and says: “Mummy, what’s wrong with being too British?”

Priceless! Obviously, Walt thought so too. Would you like to see how she looked in this role? Here is a frame from the movie:

Here, she is reciting the wedding rhyme

Beaumont with Jimmy Durante

For interest sake, Beaumont was 10 years old in On an Island With You, 13 when she did Alice, and 15 when she was Wendy in Peter Pan.

In 2005, Beaumont retired as the voice of Alice and Wendy, and her role as these two characters was taken over by Hynden Walch.

Magical Blogorail: Disney Photography Tips

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing tips to get great photos on your Disney vacation.


We all like to get our pictures taken with Disney characters! But with the long lines and the short time available for posing, it can be hard to get anything other than the standard stand-and-smile shot like the one above.

So today I’m here to help you one and all break out of the same-old same-old with tips on how to get great character photos:

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Photograph Characters on Their Own

This is perhaps one of the hardest things to achieve due to the popularity of the characters, especially with the youngsters, who tend to rush up almost before the last guest has cleared the posing area. But with patience and good timing, a great shot can be had!

The one above was taken just before the meet-and-greet officially opened, so Aladdin and Jasmine were waiting off to the side, away from the crowds.

    

The picture of Mary Poppins was achieved through the miracle of cropping. A little guest was rushing over to the Practically Perfect Nanny when I saw my opportunity. With just two feet remaining between this shot and the inevitable hug-filled greeting, I had room to isolate my subject in post-editing!

Donald was easier, as he was on the way down the ramp from the Aztec Temple in the Mexico Pavilion. He saw me lining up the shot and struck this pose. Thanks Donald!

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Photograph Characters Interacting

Photo Credit: The Mousekatools Mom

We all know Olaf loves hugs, so this shot really plays to his strength. With everyone in on the premise, we have a great , and heartwarming, moment captured forever!

    

Most face characters will take the time to speak and interact with each guest, especially if the guest is a cute little child! Both Alice and Mary Poppins took the time to engage these little girls. One with a conversation, and the other by putting the little one to work! Can you imagine how thrilling it would be to hold Mary Poppins’ umbrella?

These kinds of shots capture a moment in time that will never be repeated by your child, and not exactly by another child. This makes each shot priceless!

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Photograph Characters in Close-ups

If you just have to have the obligatory stand-and-smile shot, make it more interesting by cropping out the extra stuff that does not add to the finished product. Legs, for example, aren’t that interesting and so can be amputated in post-editing.

Another tip for making this kind of shot better is to, if possible, choose a neutral background. Nothing can wreck a great shot like an unintentional photo bomb from some other park guest who is unaware they are in the frame. Hence the weird facial expressions or nose-picking moments that are all too common among the background extras when taking a character shot!

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Photograph Characters Being Funny

Photo Credit: Home is Where the Mouse Is

Welcome to Alice in Funland as she introduces this guest to a new way of getting an autograph! As you can imagine, this was fun for the subject, and is much more interesting for those who will look at the picture later.

Photo Credit: My Pixie Dust Diary

This is a nice shot because it shows a bit of the personality behind the character. Chip is being silly as he helps his littlest poser obtain the same height as her brother. Mischievous. And priceless!

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Photograph You Being Funny with Characters

Photo Credit: Love Our Crazy Life

Doing something funny with a character is a great way to get a unique shot. Of course, if you want to try the pose above, you might want to bring your own apple. I’m just saying.

Don’t be afraid to really ham it up! Most costumed and face characters love it when they get a ‘live one’ to break up the shift.

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Utilize PhotoPass Add-ons

If you’re OK with spending some extra money to get the professional shots from the PhotoPass Photographers, be sure to check out all of the great add-ons and fun extras available to you.

For example, you can add borders:

You can add Disney characters, and pretend they are posing with you, or photo bombing you:

And don’t forget the ride photos. Because a ride is a character too!

And last but not least, be sure to ask your PhotoPass Photographer if they can add any special elements to your picture in post-production. Like this:

Photo Credit: My Pixie Dust Diary

I hope these tips have given you some ideas for your next photographic adventure at Disney!

For more Disney photography tips, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


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Will live-action Cinderella compare with the Classic?

Cinderella 2015

Disney’s Cinderella opened yesterday, March 13th, to rave reviews from Disney fans and non-fans alike.  My family is planning on going to see it today, and the burning question in my mind and in the mind of my wife and daughter is this:  “Will the live-action version of Cinderella compare with the Classic movie from 1950?”

I don’t know if the question is a fair one. After all, one is an animated movie, and one is not; one was produced in a different era, a different time, and for many children and adults alike, that original 1950 version is timeless, and can’t be replaced at all, regardless of who is in the new version.  However, right here, right now, all the buzz is about the live-action version of Cinderella, and not so much about the animated classic.

I don’t know which version I will like better, and I won’t know until we finish watching the movie.  However, I do have to say that I have loved the trailers so far.  Here are the two that I’ve seen in case you haven’t.  Have a look, and then let me know if you will be going to see the film, and what you think your experience will be like.  Thanks for stopping by, have a great Disney Day!

This second trailer is similar to the first, but has a bit more for you to digest and ponder…

In the end, only time will tell what we think about the new Cinderella movie, but I think we will really like it.  What do you think?  I’d love to hear your comments!  Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Cups

In our next installment of our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guides series, we continue our exploration of Fantasyland by taking a look at the Mad Tea Party.  This attraction is a favorite of our daughter, as you can see in this photo from some years back!  Here are the details on this attraction:

Attraction Name: Mad Tea Party
Attraction Type: Spinning Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Available

The Mad Tea Party is an original day attraction at the Magic Kingdom, opening on October 1, 1971, although the name was originally called The Mad Hatters Mad Tea Party, but the premise is the same.  The ride is based on the Unbirthday party scene in Alice in Wonderland, and as I’m sure you know, the tea cups can spin based on the center wheel in each tea cup.  In Disneyland, the attraction was an opening day attraction as well, but one bit of trivia is that the tea cups had no braking system for the first two years, so there was no stopping you from spinning as fast as you could, except, of course, your ability and strength to do so!  Do you like the Mad Tea Cups?  Let me know, and thanks!  To conclude, have a look at this picture of Sophie and my wife Cindy on the attraction — a whole lot of joy, and that’s why kids love this attraction so much!

Mad Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland

#DisneyTrivia – Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Special thanks to my friend Hiro for sharing with us!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s post for our #DisneyTrivia segment!  Special thanks to my friend Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and Heidi from Heidi’s Head for letting me join in!  Today we’ve got a bit of Disney History for you!

Did you know, that on this day in 1951:
Walt Disney’s 13th animated film Alice in Wonderland is released in U.S. theaters by RKO Radio Pictures, two days after its London premiere. Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice, will later narrate the Alice attraction at Disneyland. Alice features the animation of all of Walt’s “Nine Old Men.” Alice’s musical score, written by Oliver Wallace, will be nominated for an Academy Award.

I’ve always thought that the movie version of Alice in Wonderland didn’t compare to Alice as a character at Walt Disney World.  I really enjoy seeing her in the parks, and hope you do too!  However, this movie was certainly a big one, and the fact that it had all of the Nine Old Men featured in the animation certainly does reflect the importance of the movie!

What do you think of Alice in Wonderland?  Like it, don’t like it, or have never seen it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the entries by clicking on the links below, and thanks!

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