With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
Alice is a daydreaming young girl. She finds learning poems and listening to literature boring. She prefers stories with pictures and to live inside her imagination. One day, while enduring just such a poetry reading, she spots a large white rabbit...dressed in a jacket and carrying a large watch. He scurries off, saying he's late, for a very important date. She follows him through the forest. He then disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, leading her to all manner of discoveries, characters and adventures. Written by
Tweedledum and Tweedledee appear in the Disney film, though they are not Wonderland characters. They appeared in the second Alice novel, "Through the Looking-Glass" (1871). See more »
Just before the flowers sing "All in the Golden Afternoon", we see an orange dandelion tuning up. Between him are two other dandelions, one purple one on the left, and one red one on the right. Two shots later, when the scat-singing begins, the two dandelions have switched places. See more »
[reading from a history book]
"... leaders, and had been of late much accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the Earls of Mercia and Northumbria, declared for him: and even Stigand..." Alice.
[camera zooms out to show Alice sitting in a tree, playing with Dinah and making a chain of daisies]
Hmm? Oh, I'm listening.
"And even Stigand, the archbishop of Canterbury, agreed to meet with William and offer him the crown. William's conduct at first was moderate."
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A wonderful Disney adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic novels.
I was a little worried when I went to watch the film version of Alice In
Wonderland, because I just read the novel and Disney has a tendency to dumb
down the material that they make into their films with goofball romantic
nonsense and cutesy talking animals. While I did get more than the
traditional share of talking animals with this film (as well as a variety of
other inanimate objects), the film stayed more faithful to the original
story than is generally expected from a Disney film. On the other hand, this
WAS made in 1951, which makes me wonder what a more modern adaptation would
I read Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass for English 180
(Children's Literature) at the University of California, Davis, so needless
to say, I read it with more of a literary appreciation than is generally
applied to children's books. I was pleased to see so many of the characters
from the second novel in this version of Alice In Wonderland (such as the
Cheshire Cat, the talking flowers in the garden, and Tweedle-Dee and
Tweedle-Dum), although I must admit that I was slightly disappointed to see
that Through The Looking Glass has been assimilated into this version of
Alice In Wonderland rather than adapted into its own film, which I think is
an honor that it certainly deserves.
As far as being a full length feature (although rather short at roughly 75
minutes), however, I think that this movie does justice to both stories,
converting them into a single story rather smoothly, and only leaving out
things that will only really be missed by people who know the novels enough
to be disappointed that certain things were not included. I, for example,
would have loved to see the whole chess story in Through The Looking Glass
included in the film (there certainly was time for it), where Alice travels
through Wonderland on her quest to become a Queen herself, but I am more
than happy with how this film turned out.
One of the only things that I noticed about this film that did not match up
to the quality of the novels is that the books have so much more in them for
adults than the movie does. There are so many tricks with language pulled in
the books, such as in the conversations with Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum as
well as several other characters, that it really makes you think about the
English language as a game with which an endless variety of tricks can be
played. In the film, this is hugely downplayed, even if only because it is
done visually and the language tricks pass by so fast that kids are almost
certain to miss them and even the most attentive of adults will have a hard
time keeping up with them.
As a whole, however, Alice In Wonderland is so wildly entertaining that the
loss of some of the literary substance does not detract from it as a
terrific tale of adventure and discovery, certain to be enjoyed by people of
all ages. I have heard plenty of rumors that Lewis Carroll was on any of a
variety of drugs while he wrote the novels (and plenty of rumors that he
wasn't on any drugs at all), but there are certainly some things in the
books and in the movie that could have only been conjured up by the most,
um, eccentric of imaginations. We may never know for sure, but at least we
have some wonderful entertainment.
Read the books to your kids.
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