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.

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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