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Alice in Wonderland (1951)

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Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alice (voice)
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Mad Hatter (voice)
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Caterpillar (voice)
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Cheshire Cat (voice)
Jerry Colonna ...
March Hare (voice)
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Queen of Hearts (voice)
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Walrus / Carpenter / Dee / Dum (voice) (as Pat O'Malley)
Bill Thompson ...
White Rabbit / Dodo (voice)
Heather Angel ...
Alice's Sister (voice)
Joseph Kearns ...
Doorknob (voice)
Larry Grey ...
Bill (voice)
Queenie Leonard ...
Dink Trout ...
King of Hearts (voice)
Doris Lloyd ...
The Rose (voice)
James MacDonald ...
Dormouse (voice)
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Storyline

On a golden afternoon, young Alice follows a White Rabbit, who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow - and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland! Memorable songs and whimsical escapades highlight Alice's journey, which culminates in a madcap encounter with the Queen of Hearts - and her army of playing cards! Written by Anonymous

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The all-cartoon Musical Wonderfilm! See more »


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Release Date:

26 July 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alicia en el paĆ­s de las maravillas  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System) (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Early drafts of the script had Alice encounter the Jabberwock (to have been voiced by Stan Freberg), from Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky". The sequence was rejected, either because it slowed the story down, or because of concerns that it would be too frightening. Elements of "Jabberwocky" remain in the film, however: the Cheshire Cat's song "T'was Brillig", consisting of the opening stanza; and the Tulgey Wood sequence, which includes at least one of the creatures mentioned in the poem, "The Mome Raths". See more »

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At the beginning of "All in the Golden Afternoon" when Rose says, "Sound your A, Lily", Lily sings B-flat, not A. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice's sister: [reading from a history book] "... leaders, and had been of late much accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the Earls of Mercia and Northumbria, declared for him: and even Stigand..." Alice.
[camera zooms out to show Alice sitting in a tree, playing with Dinah and making a chain of daisies]
Alice: Hmm? Oh, I'm listening.
Alice's sister: "And even Stigand, the archbishop of Canterbury, agreed to meet with William and offer him the crown. William's conduct at first was moderate."
[...]
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Soundtracks

Finale (Alice in Wonderland)
(1951) (uncredited)
Written by Bob Hilliard and Sammy Fain
Performed by Chorus
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Pretty Good Adaptation With Enjoyable Characters and Scenes
30 December 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

For material that does not lend itself very easily to cinema, this is a pretty good adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" with some enjoyable characters and sequences. It succeeds, at least in a basic way, in capturing part of the manic but imaginative nature of Lewis Carroll's story.

Much of the language, poetry, and ideas that make the original story so captivating cannot really be conveyed very easily in a movie, and so it would be nearly impossible for any cinema version of Alice to be completely satisfying to those who love the book. Instead, this version simply tries to make the characters come to life, and to use the animation to recreate the feel, if not the depth, of Alice's experience.

The animation drives most of the movie, and at times it is pretty imaginative. Some of the voices work very well, too, with the likes of Ed Wynn and Sterling Holloway fitting the animated characters quite well.

Carroll's stories are so enchanting and creative that it is no surprise that there have been so many efforts through the years to capture the magic of the Alice stories on film. None of the cinema versions has yet come close to matching the books, yet the material itself has made most of them worth watching. In this one, the overall production has a definite Disney style to it, which makes it different from the original, but as a movie it works pretty well.


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