Character of the week: Alice

One of my favorite authors has blogged about one of my favorite Disney characters – Alice In Wonderland 🙂 I was kind of surprised, because Paulo Coelho’s Character of the Week is usually one of his own characters from one of his own books. But this week, he chose Alice – and he’s got a few choice quotes from her in his post as well!

Character of the week: Alice « Paulo Coelho’s Blog.

He reminded me of one of my favorite pieces of Disney art work, which is hanging in my “long-ass hallway” (a ridiculously long, empty, bowling alley of a hallway in my home). It’s a series of Disney first day covers, issued by the US Postal Service in 2005. Here’s the part that features Alice. You can tell it was a long time ago by the price of the stamp! I don’t think Disney could have made her any sweeter or prettier, do you?

Alice first day cover

(You can also see the reflection of my fingers on the camera, right around the Anaheim, CA postmark LOL)

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Last spring, Alice In Wonderland merchandise was a big presence in Walt Disney World, probably due to the imminent release of the updated version with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. There were all these “flatsy” versions of Alice and her strange pals, including this version of the Cheshire Cat (above).

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On a subsequent trip, I ended up purchasing the more conventional Cheshire Cat. He fit quite nicely in my toy chest with the rest of the gang I’ve assembled over the years.

Someone has a sense of humor

And finally – only a few short weeks ago, I was in Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney and caught this comical little scene. Someone had posed a leering Cheshire Cat on the arm of the huge Duffy bear that stands in an alcove in that store. Meanwhile, Duffy appears to be placidly unaware that a demented maniac has commandeered his limb. This is the cleverest thing I’ve seen in Disney since the Canadian mystery shoes 😉
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One thought on “Character of the week: Alice”

  1. Well if you like I’ll take a wild stab at guessing about the shoes mystery (what the heck…I’m waiting for the coffee anyway….)

    Canadians are more tied – in some respects – to the UK way. For example, the reason that Queen Elizabeth’s picture appears on Canadian money is that she is Queen of all Commonwealth nations. As Canada is a Commonwealth nation, this means that Queen Elizabeth is the Queen of Canada.

    A Canadian tradition – involving shoes (and also tied, I believe, to their UK roots) is that on Budget day in the House of Commons – the Finance Minister traditionally wears new shoes. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/new_shoes_on_budget_day

    There is another UK (and therefore Canadian) tradition that holds that when a young man loses his virginity/gets married he ties shoes together and throws them up high (usually these days over the phone wires).

    I’m guessing these shoes in WDW were not new – and therefore did not signify that a new Budget was brought down. But it may be that the shoes signify that one of the CM’s of Canada at WDW, either lost their virginity OR got married.

    YMMV…and I’m going now, because the coffee is ready….
    😀

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