Critters on the Castle: The Cheshire Cat

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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.

 

The Cheshire Cat

 

IMG_0886-Castle-Critters-Cheshire-CatWe’ve come to the end of the Critters on the Castle series, bringing it full circle back to Alice in Wonderland

The Cheshire Cat is the only character in the story who levels with Alice. He explains to her that everyone in Wonderland is mad; madness is the norm, and Alice, with all of her logic and reasoning and impatience for the nonsense that is the very fabric of Wonderland, doesn’t fit in. So if Alice is not normal, she must be mad… but… but… if she’s mad, then isn’t she really normal, by Wonderland standards? It’s all so confusing!

To top it all off, The Cheshire Cat can make parts of himself disappear! He can reduce himself to just a grin, floating on thin air with no head, no body, nothing but teeth. You know what I think? I think he got into the caterpillar’s hookah, that’s what I think!

In Disney’s 1951 animated feature, the Cheshire Cat was voiced by the incomparable Sterling Holloway, whose impressive resume includes the voicing of several other prominent Disney characters, including Kaa from The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh. Admit it. You just heard his voice in your head, saying, “Oh, bother!” 😉 I know, me too!

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11 thoughts on “Critters on the Castle: The Cheshire Cat”

  1. The Cheshire Cat is my favourite!!

    “Critters on the Castle” has been a fun ride!

    *****

    P.S the invite to send me a blog badge to add to the main GritFX website still stands – interested?

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