Alice in Wonderland
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This Disney feature-length cartoon combines the most entertaining elements of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Chasing after the White Rabbit, who runs into view singing "I'm Late! I'm Late!," Alice falls down the rabbit hole into the topsy-turvy alternate world of Wonderland. She grows and shrinks after following the instructions of a haughty caterpillar, attends a "Very Merry Unbirthday" party in the garden of the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, stands in awe as the Cheshire Cat spouts philosophy, listens in rapt attention as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What's really disappointing is the undistinguished animation: the film looks and plays more like the Disney shorts than the Disney features."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"...a watchable yet thoroughly forgettable piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"plays as a series of colorful, but uneven setpieces that lack an interesting or emotionally engaging heroine to tie them together"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"An emotionally chilly exercise... At the same time it is gorgeous indeed, one of the most singular movies in the Disney canon visually."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The film is dazzling in its use of color and odd shapes and is enhanced by the distinctive voices of Ed Wynn as the Mad Hatter, Sterling Holloway as the Cheshire Cat, Jerry Colonna as the March Hare, and Verna Felton as the Queen of Hearts."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Walt Disney has gone a long way towards tightening the leisurely, haphazard adventure of Alice in the wonderland of her imagination."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Despite nice elements in this Oscar-nominated Disney feature, the movie was at the time a commercial flop, but deserves to be seen."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Charm and relative simplicity play like a time capsule of animated movies past, which remind us of the Disney products that captivated our grandparents."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Fifty years on the movie is clearly due a reappraisal. It's colourful, fun and as surreal as Disney is ever likely to get, this isn't as good as the books, but works as a cute introduction to them."
‑ Jo Berry, Empire Magazine
"Disney's animated musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic is enjoyable and contains a few twisted touches and slanted visuals."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"If you are not too particular about the images of Carroll and Tenniel, if you are high on Disney whimsey and if you'll take a somewhat slow, uneven pace, you should find this picture entertaining."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"I'm not sure there's anyone alive that believes the 1951 film lives up to Lewis Carroll's deathless 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but the animated feature remains a perfectly decent slice of kid-friendly surrealism...[Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Surreal Disney classic with wild-card characters."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"An enjoyable if rather pallid rendering of Carroll's classic tale."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"Lovely animation and trippy story ruined by never-ending, excruciating songs."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
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