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Alice in Wonderland (1949)

This exceptional theatrical version of Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic features a combination of live characters and puppets.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephen Murray ...
Ernest Milton ...
The Vice Chancellor / The White Rabbit (voice)
Pamela Brown ...
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Dr. Liddel / The Cheshire Cat (voice)
David Reed ...
Joyce Grenfell ...
Carol Marsh ...
Jack Train ...
Puppet Character (voice)
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Ivan Staff ...
Puppet Character (voice)
Claude Hulbert ...
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Raymond Bussières ...
The Tailor / The Mad Hatter (voice)
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This exceptional theatrical version of Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic features a combination of live characters and puppets.

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Trivia

The adaptation is faithful to Lewis Carroll's novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," a thinly-veiled satire of 19th-century England. The Queen of Hearts is really Queen Victoria, the King is Prince Albert, the White Rabbit is the chancellor of Oxford, the Cheshire Cat is the Dean of Oxford University's Christ College... and the Valet is Lewis Carroll himself. See more »

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In the end credits Joyce Grenfell is listed as 'Joyce Gronfell'. See more »

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Version of Through the Looking Glass (1976) See more »

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Ruined by the French
31 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dr Liddel (Ernest Milton) encourages Dodgson (Stephen Murray) to read his latest work to the Queen (Pamela Brown) on her visit - about the removal of a bell that has rung for 200 years. The Dr's daughters, including Alice (Carol Marsh) are not permitted to meet the queen and so Dodgson takes them on a boat ride and recounts a story to compensate. And we begin Alice's adventures in Wonderland.....

I have given the film 5 stars purely for the story. Unfortunately, the French with their "mastery of puppetry" got involved with the proceedings. It's all rather grotesque and 3rd-rate - the characters and the sets look awful (all done by the French). The colour of the film has faded and it's all done in a very basic way. To give them credit, the "Frogs" got better with this kind of puppetry nonsense with "The Magic Roundabout" and "Hector's House".

Still, it's the story that is what we remember, eg, the drug connotations such as the caterpillar sitting on a magic mushroom and smoking a bong, and the Mad Hatter killing time so that it is always tea-time. There are also some great exchanges of dialogue, eg, at the Mad Hatter's tea party - is "eat what I like the same as like what I eat?" and "is say what you mean the same as mean what you say?", etc..

However, there are also some dreadful songs thrown into the mix. Overall, it's an OK film but no need to see it again.


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