Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated comedy feature produced by Walt Disney and based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
The story of the animated film is similar to that of the first book, but contains parts of the second book. Dozy Alice is so silly she follows trouble by chasing a talking rabbit down hs hole. At the bottom, she drinks an unknown substance which helps her get through a talking door into Wonderland. Here she meets the Dodo, TweedleDum and TweedleDee (who tell her the story of the Walrus and the Carpenter), the Talking flowers (watch out for the snobby Iris!), the Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat. She even has un-birthday tea with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. However, Alice gets caught up in a game of croquet with the Queen of Hearts, and later a trial. The whole thing becomes such a nightmare, Alice realises she’s had a dream while she dozed off.
Firstly, I don’t know why loads of people think this film is cheesy. I know Alice isn’t for everyone. However if you have read the books and haven’t seen this film, some characters are missing (eg- Duchess, Mock Turtle, Knave of Hearts, White Knight). This may seem like Disney has ruined this classic forever. They haven’t. It’s the best adaption I’ve ever seen.
The best bits are the Walrus and the Carpenter, the garden of singing flowers and flamingo croquet. And the Mad Tea Party is still the funniest part of a Disney classic. “Alice in Wonderland” deserves far more attention than it has ever received. The characters are wonderful. The music is humable, even singable. It’s a short film that takes the viewer into a dreamland.
Watch it from a child’s point of view, with the amazing images of a cat that disappears, talking cards, and Alice constantly growing and shrinking. And then enjoy it as an adult for the dream world into which we are all swept. And furthermore, the DVD transfer is fantastic, with as many extras as one will find on a Disney non-special edition disc. Take another look at this one and be swept away.
This task is from “Part 2″ –Watch and review Disney’s animated version of Alice in Wonderland . It’s part of my challenge “The Alice In Wonderland Challenge…” hosted by Jenny at http://takemeaway-jennala9.blogspot.com/2009/08/alice-in-wonderland-challenge.html.