Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

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Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Cast: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Kathryn Beaumont


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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…  See more details below


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).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Walt Disney's 1951 animated adaptation of Lewis Carroll's enchanting fable emerges through the looking glass and onto DVD in this two-disc "Watch Me" set that's brimming with fascinating archival treasures and fun interactive features. Following Snow White and Cinderella, Alice was the third storybook heroine Disney animators brought to life. Their Alice is a bored schoolgirl who, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, yearns for a more exciting life. Things get "curiouser and curiouser" after she follows the frantic White Rabbit down the rabbit hole and has a series of surreal misadventures in a world where "nothing's impossible." Although less emotionally engaged than such Disney animated masterworks as Pinocchio and Bambi, Alice in Wonderland is still a riot of fantastic incidents and classic characters (the Walrus and the Carpenter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Queen of Hearts, and, to quote Grace Slick, that hookah-smoking Caterpillar). The voice work is superb, from charmer Kathryn Beaumont as Alice to Ed Wynn as the Mad Hatter, Jerry Colonna as the March Hare, and Sterling Holloway as the Cheshire Cat. The musical score includes the Disney standards, "I'm Late" and the rollicking "The Unbirthday Song." And, for once in a Disney film, a wicked queen is more comical than terrifying. As for the bonuses: Rarities include "One Hour in Wonderland" form 1950, culled from Walt Disney's first television show, as well as the 1923 Disney cartoon "Alice's Wonderland," which combines live action and animation, and the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon "Thru the Mirror." An adult Beaumont appears in a surprising segment that reveals how unused music from Alice found its way into Peter Pan.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Not fully appreciated upon its initial release by either critics or audiences, Alice in Wonderland has grown in stature over the years. Its primary failing is that its conventional approach (in both script and design) fails to capture the special dreamlike quality of the Lewis Carroll source material. However, on its own terms, the film is enormously entertaining. The animation is top-notch throughout, but especially so in the sequences involving the Cheshire Cat, the climactic card chase, Alice's many changes of size, and the wonderful Mad Hatter tea party. The actors providing the voices are extremely well cast and are responsible for a great deal of the film's success. Ed Wynn and Jerry Colonna capture the inspired lunacy of the Mad Hatter and the March Hare respectively, and Sterling Holloway is an appropriately disturbing Cheshire Cat. Kathryn Beaumont's Alice is charming, stubborn, bewildered, bossy, prissy, obedient, polite, and irritated by turns, and Beaumont makes the many swift changes believable. Also noteworthy is the score, most of which consists of very short and sometimes incomplete numbers, but still is quite beguiling. Pay special attention to the lovely "In a World of My Own" and the lush "All in the Golden Afternoon." Although Alice in Wonderland may have been taken somewhat for granted originally, the next films for this directing triumvirate -- Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp -- would be recognized immediately as animated classics.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Full Frame]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Disc 1: Deleted scene: "Pig and Pepper"; "Reflections on Alice" featurette; Virtual Wonderland party; Disc #2: An Alice comedy: "Alice's Wonderland"; "From Wonderland to never land"; Original theatrical soundtrack

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathryn Beaumont Alice
Ed Wynn Mad Hatter
Richard Haydn Caterpillar
Sterling Holloway Cheshire Cat
Jerry Colonna March Hare
Verna Felton Queen of Hearts
Pat O'Malley Walrus,Carpenter,Dee,Dum
Bill Thompson White Rabbit,Dodo
Heather Angel Alice's sister
Joseph Kearns Doorknob
Larry Grey Bill
Queenie Leonard Bird in the Tree
Dink Trout King of Hearts
Doris Lloyd The Rose
James MacDonald Dormouse
Mello Men Card Player
Don Barclay Card
Wilfred Jackson Actor
Hamilton Luske Actor
J. Pat O'Malley Carpenter,Walrus,Tweedle Dum,Tweedle Dee

Technical Credits
Clyde Geronimi Director
Wilfred Jackson Director
Hamilton Luske Director
Hal Ambro Animator
Milt Banta Screenwriter
Bob Carlson Animator
Clark Animator
Del Connell Screenwriter
Bill Cottrell Screenwriter
Mack David Songwriter
Marc Davis Animator
Gene de Paul Songwriter
Walt Disney Producer
Philip Duncan Animator
Sammy Fain Songwriter
Norman Ferguson Animator
Hugh Fraser Animator
Blaine Gibson Animator,Special Effects
Joe Grant Screenwriter
Winston Hibler Screenwriter
Bob Hilliard Songwriter
Al Hoffman Songwriter
Dick Huemer Screenwriter
Oliver M. Johnston Animator
Bill Justice Animator
Milt Kahl Animator
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Dick Kelsey Screenwriter
Ward Kimball Animator
Hal King Animator
Eric Larson Animator
Jerry Livingston Songwriter
John Lounsbery Animator
Don Lusk Animator
Daniel MacManus Animator,Special Effects
Joshua Meador Animator,Special Effects
Fred Moore Animator
Charles A. Nichols Animator
Cliff Nordberg Animator
Tom Oreb Screenwriter
Bill Peet Screenwriter
Erdman Penner Screenwriter
Don Raye Songwriter
Wolfgang Reitherman Animator
Lloyd L. Richardson Editor
Joe Rinaldi Screenwriter
George Rowley Animator,Special Effects
Ted Sears Screenwriter,Songwriter
Frank Thomas Animator
Harvey Toombs Animator
John Walbridge Screenwriter
Oliver Wallace Score Composer
Judge Whitaker Animator
Marvin Woodward Animator
Lewis Carroll Source Author

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Alice in Wonderland (Feature)
1. Opening Credits ("Alice In Wonderland")
2. Alice's History Lesson
3. "In A World Of My Own"
4. The White Rabbit ("I'm Late")
5. Curiouser And Curiouser
6. The Bottle On the Table
7. Through the Keyhole In a Bottle
8. Alice Meets Tweedledee and Tweedledum ("How D'Ye Do and Shake Hands")
9. "The Walrus and The Carpenter"
10. The White Rabbit's House
11. A Lizard With a Ladder
12. A Garden Of Talking Flowers
13. "All In The Golden Afternoon"
14. Advice From a Caterpillar
15. More Ups and Downs For Alice
16. The Cheshire Cat
17. A Mad Tea Party ("The Unbirthday Song")
18. Who's Got the Time?
19. The Tulgey Wood
20. "Very Good Advice"
21. The Cheshire Cat Again
22. "Painting The Roses Red"
23. The Match Of the Cards
24. The Queen Of Hearts
25. A Game Of Croquet
26. Alice's Trail
27. The Chase


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