[[caption-width-right:300:It all began with a girl. And a cat.]]

The '''''Alice Comedies''''' was a series of short cartoons made by Creator/WaltDisney and UbIwerks during TheSilentAgeOfAnimation. A precursor to ''WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'', the cartoons feature Alice, a live action girl, interacting with an animated world. Near the beginning, the shorts would start with something happening to Alice in the real world after which she falls asleep or gets knocked out. She then enters an animated dream world where she interacts with Julius the Cat and a host of other {{Funny Animal}}s. [[HilarityEnsues Hi-jinx Ensue]]. Later installments dropped the real world FramingDevice and took place entirely in the cartoon world.

The cartoons themselves had little in the way of plot or continuity, and were mainly just for showing off the animation.

Compare Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer's' ''WesternAnimation/OutOfTheInkwell'', another live action/animation blending cartoon that was the inspiration for this series.
!!This series provides examples of:

* AliceAllusion
* AnimalStereotypes: Alice's Egg Plant. Buzzards are...Bolsheviks?!
* AmusingInjuries: Including severed limbs and decapitation.
* AppendageAssimilation: The way characters will recover from their AmusingInjuries.
* BagOfKidnapping: Alice is kidnapped this way a couple of times, once from the character that would become Mickey's arch nemesis Pete.
* BattleDiscretionShot: Often preferred over the BigBallOfViolence.
* BehindAStick
* BigBallOfViolence
* CatsAreMean: Julius is notable for being one of the only Disney cats to avert this. [[ClassicDisneyShorts Pegleg]] {{Pete}} first appears in this series, but won't officially become a cat until MickeyMouse comes along.
* CaptainErsatz: Julius is nothing more than [[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat Felix]] moonlighting in a Disney cartoon. [[ExecutiveMeddling Pat Sullivan wanted him in.]]
** Or rather, Charlies Mintz wanted Julius in, which pissed off Pat Sullivan enough to cancel his distribution contract with Mintz.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The version of ''Alice's Wonderland'' included with the DVD and Blu-Ray editions of ''{{Disney/Alice In Wonderland}}'' ends with Alice falling into a hole, since the people compiling the bonus features utilized a print that lacked the ending.
* CreatorCameo: Walt himself appears in the first short.
* DerangedAnimation
* DetachmentCombat: Julius' tail can detach and change itself into any tool he might need.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Meta-example; given these were some of the earliest cartoons he made, the Alice Comedies are quite different in tone and execution from the later shorts and films Disney would become recognized for.
* EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop
* FollowTheLeader: The cartoons were heavily deriative of Creator/OttoMessmer's ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'', Paul Terry's ''Aesop's Fables'' and [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Max Fleischer's]] ''WesternAnimation/OutOfTheInkwell'' cartoons.
* FramingDevice: The world is a dream world Alice sees when unconscious.
* FunnyAnimal
* GravityIsAHarshMistress
* IdeaBulb
* InterspeciesRomance: Between Alice and Julius
** Weirdly enough, that subtext was dubbed in later during the public domain releases. It's more of a [[LikeBrotherAndSister Brother-Sister dynamic.]]
* MediumAwareness: Characters are aware they are made of ink and take advantage of the fact.
* MediumBlending
* NegativeContinuity
* RogerRabbitEffect: Inverted in this case--Walt took inspiration from [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Max Fleischer's]] "Out of the Inkwell" comedies, but whereas that series was a cartoon character entering our world, Walt took a live action girl and threw her into a cartoon world!
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Done with rocks in ''Alice in the Wooly West''.
* {{Slapstick}}
* SmurfettePrinciple: Alice is pretty much the only female character in the entire series. Most others are either decidedly male or AmbiguousGender (but most likely male).
* TokenMinority: In the real world, one of the friends in Alice's gang is black. To add to this, he's a member of their KKK club (KKK stands for Sekret '''K'''lues of the '''K'''ook '''K'''lakz).
* ToonPhysics
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Near the end of the series, Alice would have a new job every episode; from soldier to whaler to farmer.
* YourSizeMayVary: {{Invoked}}