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Alice in Wonderland (Special Edition) (1951)

Cast: Kathryn Beaumont, Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, more...
Director: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, more...
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Studio: Walt Disney Video
Genre: Kids, Classic Sci-Fi, Animated, Animation, Cel, Disney, Classic Sci Fi/Fantasy, Fantasy, Classic Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Myths
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English
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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 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, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Newly discovered Cheshire Cat song "I'm Odd"
  • Games and Sing Along Songs
  • Thru the Mirror - Mickey Mouse Animated Short

GreenCine Member Ratings

Alice in Wonderland (Bonus Disc) (1951)
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7.28 (29 votes)
Alice in Wonderland (Special Edition) (1951)
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7.09 (191 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

Enjoyed it by MBreslau April 8, 2011 - 6:14 AM PDT
It only took a minute for me to reset my esthetic standards to 1950. Once that was done, I was watching an old, but very well done, Disney animation.

Bonus features worth watching by Trevin March 19, 2005 - 2:07 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
For true Disneyland fans, this bonus disc has features you definitely must see. "One Hour in Wonderland" is Walt Disney's first television show, a Christmas special guest starring the ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, containing several short clips from Snow White, a Mickey Mouse cartoon, Song of the South (a real rarity), and of course Alice in Wonderland.

"Operation Wonderland" is a very rare look at the Walt Disney studios back in the day when Walt himself worked there, and shows the animators and voice actors at work in making Alice in Wonderland -- in full costume, no less! One of the best treats of this feature is seeing the stupendous comedian Ed Wynn playing the Mad Hatter.

The "Fred Waring Show" did an episode for Alice in Wonderland. Personally I found this show too vapid, but from a historical perspective it's interesting to see the actress Kathryn Beaumont (Alice) and actor Sterling Holloway (the Cheshire Cat) permforming live.

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