“Well, some go this way, and some go that way. But as for me, myself, personally, I prefer the short-cut.”
I have always been a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland. I have distinct memories of reading the book as a little girl, and of course, seeing the movie — but I also have the most vivid memories of listening incessantly to a Disney LP version of it. The flip side of the LP was Peter Pan, so between Alice and Peter, I can’t even begin to tell you how many wonderful hours of imaginative fun I had listening! But — what I remember most about that LP, was the super soft sounds of Sterling Holloway as The Cheshire Cat.
The LP features the stories “Completely Dramatized with the Original Casts of the Motion Pictures”
So, why do I adore the The Cheshire Cat? Well, because he’s smart… he’s mischievous… and he’s mysterious — gradually fading in and out of scenes as he pleases, and sometimes only leaving behind a grin. He’s also so darn cute thanks to the Disney animators who made him delightfully pink, purple and playful. I just love the way he bounces around, both physically and logically. He engages Alice in perplexing conversations (think “Who’s on First”), gets her in and out of trouble, and likes to sing. AND, quite frankly, he’s a tad mad, but then again who isn’t in ‘Wonderland?’
Cheshire Cat: (singing) Twas brilig & the slithy toves & did gyre & gimble in the wabe
Alice: Why, why you’re a cat!
Cheshire Cat: A Cheshire Cat. (starts disappearing)
Alice: I just wanted to ask you which way I ought to go.
Cheshire Cat: Well, that depends on where you want to get to.
Alice: Oh, well it really doesn’t matter, as long as I can…
Cheshire Cat: Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.
Cheshire Cat: Oh, by the way, if you’d really like to know, he went that way.
Alice: Who did?
Cheshire Cat: The White Rabbit.
Alice: He did?
Cheshire Cat: He did what?
Alice: Went that way.
Cheshire Cat: Who did?
Alice: The White Rabbit.
Cheshire Cat: What rabbit?
Alice: But didn’t you just say – I mean – Oh, dear.
Cheshire Cat: Can you stand on your head?
Just one of his many talents!
Alice: But I don’t want to go among mad people.
Cheshire Cat: Oh, you can’t help that. Most everyone’s mad here.
(he starts disappearing)
Cheshire Cat: You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself.
Alice: I want to go home, but I can’t find my way.
Cheshire Cat: Naturally, that’s because you have no way.
Cheshire Cat: All ways here you see, are the QUEEN’S WAY!
Alice: But I’ve never met any queen.
Cheshire Cat: You haven’t? You ha-VEN’T? Oh, but you must! She’ll be mad about you, simply mad!
Although he also likes to have his fun…
Queen of Hearts: And uh, what were you saying, my dear?
Cheshire Cat: Why, she simply said that you’re a fat, pompous, bad tempered old tyrant!
Queen of Hearts: Off with her head!
You probably all know what happens next, but if you don’t, I won’t ruin it for you, but suffice to say that all’s well that ends well
Before I sign off, I just want to share a clip with you, so that you can see how The Cheshire Cat moves… graceful and jumpy as a cat
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