When you watch a Disney movie, the final product is so flawless that you don’t even think about all the hard work that went into producing such a beautiful piece of entertainment.

But animation is a very complex process – and this was especially true in the 1950s, when animation was still relatively young. These rare photos, detailing the process behind the Disney classic Alice In Wonderland, show the great lengths the studio had to go to just to get a few seconds of animation on screen.

Kathryn Beaumont was just 10 years old when she was chosen to be the voice of Alice in Alice In Wonderland.

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Not only did she provide the voice of the character, she provided the basis for her on-screen appearance as well.

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They didn’t just use her for the initial character design, either. They would actually film Kathryn acting out many of the scenes herself.

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Animators then traced over that footage to create what would eventually become the on-screen version of Alice.

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Here’s a side-by-side comparison.

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Animation at the time was a painstaking process, and it took about a week to produce just 14 seconds of animation.

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But using this revolutionary new method, Disney’s top animators were able to produce about 23 seconds a week.

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It certainly put Kathryn in a lot of interesting situations.

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Amazing!

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Kathryn would go on to also be the voice of Wendy in Disney’s 1953 film, Peter Pan.

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In 1988, Disney honored Kathryn by officially naming her a “Disney Legend.”

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Watch this incredible video of the animation process!

It’s always interesting to see behind the scenes of your favorite productions, but I had no idea that creating these classic movies took so much innovation and technique. What a fascinating piece of history!

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