Alice in Wonderland
(G, 1:16:05, Released 1951)
|Genres:||Animation, Kids & Family, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy|
|Release Date:||Jul 28, 1951|
|DVD Release Date:||Feb 1, 2011|
|Starring:||Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway, Jerry Colonna, Verna Felton, Pat O'Malley, Bill Thompson, Heather Angel, Joseph Kearns|
|Directed by:||Wilfred Jackson, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske|
|Synopsis:||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 Tweedledum and Tweedledee relate the story of the Walrus and the Carpenter (a sequence usually cut when Alice is shown on TV), and closes out her day with a hectic croquet game at the home of the Red Queen. The music and production design of Alice in Wonderland is marvelous, but the film is too much of a good thing, much too frantic to do full honor to the whimsical Carroll original, and far too episodic to hang together as a unified feature film. One tactical error is having Alice weep at mid-point, declaring her wish to go home: This is Alice in Wonderland, Walt, not Wizard of Oz! Its storytelling shortcomings aside, Alice in Wonderland is superior family entertainment (never mind the efforts in the 1970s to palm off the picture as a psychedelic "head" film). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi|
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August 15, 2012
This is how the story of Alice in wonderland SHOULD be done Tim Burton.
That aside, Alice in Wonderland is probably one of Disney's most creative animated films to date just due to how crazy they could go with tis story seeing how nothing makes sense in this nonsensical animated world of Wonderland. Alice is probably one of my favorite animated film leads and the side characters are some of Disney's best, mainly the Mad Hatter and March Hare even though they aren't even in the film for fifteen minutes. My favorite character however is the Cheshire Cat, not just for how Sterling Holloway portrays him, but also how you never know what side he is on, if he's a good guy or a bad guy, and I really enjoy characters that are done like that. The music is also very good for the film, my favorite being the story of the carpenter and walrus just for how strange it is.
April 29, 2012
A classic retelling of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, this is one of the strangest films in Disney's catalogue. I remember watching this as a kid, and thought it was really creepy for some odd reason. Maybe it was the Cheshire Cat with that grin of his or the Mad Hatter. Either way, Alice in Wonderland was one of those Disney films that creeped me out, and I thought it was a good film, but it kind of made me feel uneasy. This is nonetheless a good adaptation of a classic tale. This is a great film that might make you raise an eyebrow or two, however if you love Disney films, then this is yet another one worth checking out. Alice in Wonderland sure is an eccentric, surreal cinematic experience, but it's also one that you'll never forget. The film has colorful characters and a good cast. Like I said, Alice in Wonderland is weird, but it is definitely an entertaining film, one that will definitely appeal to Disney enthusiasts. Of all the films that Disney has put out, Alice in Wonderland may be the one that stands out the most. The sheer eccentricity of the film has made its reputation secure among fans of Disney. The film is definitely out of this world and very different from others in Disney's past. For what it's worth, this is still a must see film if you want to check all the essential Disney classics, as this is one of the most memorable of them all. Not the most perfect film that Disney has made, but definitely a stunning ride nonetheless.
March 9, 2012
Trippy as hell. Comes to show how twisted Disney's minds can be. I wasn't interested throughout CUZ I DON'T SMOKE BRO
August 12, 2011
fb729949618August 9, 2011
Just recently saw this movie after so many years! Not what I expected and not really Disney-like. Many things in this movie would never be seen in a G-rated movie in today's standards. Freaky.
April 19, 2011
March 1, 2011
"Sentence first! Verdict afterward."
This is a manic, imaginative adaptation of the manic, imaginative children's classic by Lewis Carroll. The movie quickly speeds through the major events of Alice in Wonderland, with a bit of Through the Looking Glass thrown in, as well.
The animation of classic Disney is a good match for the imaginative characters and situations that Alice encounters, and the trademark and expected Disney songs are fine (though not really among the most memorable of Disney tunes).
It's hard to imagine any fans of Alice in Wonderland not liking this adaptation, as it tries its hardest to capture at least some of the cleverness of the story. From the insanity of the March Hare and Mad Hatter to the trippy Cheshire Cat and ruthless Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland is one of the more unique Disney animated movies that have been made.
February 20, 2011
The most bizarre film in the Disney animated cannon. I love it for that very reason. I love that Walt Disney allowed this bizarre piece of celluloid onto movie screens in '51. Just fantastic. :)
November 11, 2010
Reasonably faithful Disney adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic about a little girl lost in a charming nonsense world. The precious over-cuteness of the cartoon characters is a bit cloying and the musical numbers are syrupy and forgettable, but overall Disneyfication doesn't damage the story too much. It's miles ahead of Tim Burton's 2010 "reimagining", at least.
November 1, 2010
This is one of my favourite Disney movies of all time, and my favourite Alice in Wonderland movie, I even quote it. The animation is super cool, and the songs are awesome. I love it.
May 31, 2010
one of the best kids films yet.
fb733768972March 10, 2010
It has it's moments of charm, but it makes no sense and I hate it soo much!
March 9, 2010
this is my favourite walt disney movie, i absolutely love it, its amazing!!
its fun, enchanting, funny and catchy tunes as well!
its slightly creepy especially when i was young and i first watched this it creeped me out a little but it is a great cartoon movie that shouldnt be missed!!
February 15, 2010
Dreams can be pointless. This was good.
February 3, 2010
Loved this book...it just didnt work as an animated movie...CANT WAIT FOR BURTONS ADDAPTION!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 23, 2010
A trippy version of the original book, not bad, but not great. Definitely revived the interest in the novel.
January 11, 2010
I've always appreciated the fact that this spared no expense to be bizarre and insane by nature. It's probably the most unique Disney movie and visually stunning as well. The characters and story are like no other and I can't think of anything I don't love about it.
July 31, 2009
at least it was close to the book
July 6, 2009
For all it's charm and whimsy, it fails to capture the true, disjointed, and uneasy satire and wit of Carroll's original book. There are much better adaptations out there than this, and it is sad that most people directly think to this version when they think of Alice.
October 10, 2008
"Oh, you can't help that. Most everyone's mad here."
You can't really compare this to the Lewis Carroll novel as it takes aspects from the original Alice and Through The Looking Glass, making the parts with the Mad Hatter's tea party and Tweedledee 'n' Tweedledum blend together seemlessly. Every character is memorable with their vivid colours, personalities and own theme music, another Disney classic. I used to find some parts quite dark and creepy when I was younger, and probably still do =)
January 3, 2008
what? i guess you have to be on acid.
August 13, 2007
My faaavorite Disney movie. it's so original and quirky, managing to maintain that ineffable Disney charm but just stopping it from being too saccharine.
August 12, 2007
Great Disney's surreal adaptation of the Lewis Carrol classic. It's all a bit crazy but some great songs and the colourful animation ensures this one will grow on you.
July 14, 2007
I mean, how could you possibly not like Alice in Wonderland? It's based on two awesome books, it has awesome characters and awesome songs.
July 13, 2007
This cartoon scared me as a child. I still don't understand it. But animation good for the time.