Kathryn Lindsay
October 03, 2015 7:45 am

We know that Walt Disney liked to base his work off of classic fairy tales, but did you know he also based them off of real people? In the case of Alice in Wonderland, Disney looked to ten-year-old Kathryn Beaumont for the inspiration to draw the character.

If this name sounds familiar, it’s because she was also the voice of Alice, before going on to voice Wendy in Peter Pan some years later.

 

You can totally see where they got it from, right? But Beaumont wasn’t just a model for the character’s looks. She also modeled the stunts and movements, which the animators would draw frame-by-frame, so they could get a good idea of how to make it all look real.

 

This process was the same for Peter Pan, but two films were evidently enough for young Beaumont. She went on to finish school and become a teacher for 30 years, but Disney was always in her heart. In fact, she was named a “Disney Legend” by the Walt Disney Company in 1998.

If you want to see exactly how they made the Disney magic happen, you can watch Beaumont explain the process in the the video below. It’s crazy just how much meticulous time and effort was taken in creating our favorite movies, but with models like Beaumont, it’s hard not to be inspired.

(Image via Twitter and YouTube)

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