The Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ — Lost Disney Characters
The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle are among the bizarre characters Alice encounters in Lewis Carroll’s original book. One is a traditional fantasy creature, a stately lion-eagle hybrid. The other is a beast from Carroll and illustrator John Tenniel’s imaginations combining a turtle with the parts of a calf commonly found in mock turtle soup. At one time, the two characters were going to appear in the Disney version of Carroll’s story and perform a song.
Unfortunately for them, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ has enough odd characters with no relation to each other as it is. Evidently, the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon added less to the story than the characters that remained in the film. Disney did revisit the pair later on in a series of Alice themed Jell-O commercials. (You can watch one below.)
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