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Certificate: Passed Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Victorian England a bored young girl dreams that she has entered a fantasy world called Wonderland populated by even more fantastic characters.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Richard Arlen, Roscoe Ates, William Austin
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Alice is a pure library worker who works and suits younger than her age. She rebuffs William because he's repetitive on habits she thinks improper - she's a prude. While fantasizing about ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Plá
Stars: Mónica von Reust, Carlos Lorca, Marta Serrano
Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie 1985)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Alice is in Looking Glass land, where she meets many Looking Glass creatures and attempts to avoid the Jabberwocky, a monster that appears due to her being afraid.

Director: Harry Harris
Stars: Natalie Gregory, Sheila Allen, Sharee Gregory
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Alice (Fiona Fullerton) falls down a rabbit hole and into a magical dream world populated by surreal characters and bewildering adventures. It's a journey of self-discovery for Alice as she... See full summary »

Director: William Sterling
Stars: Fiona Fullerton, Michael Jayston, Hywel Bennett
Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie 1966)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A girl named Alice falls down a rabbit-hole and wanders into the strange Wonderland.

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: Anne-Marie Mallik, Freda Dowie, Jo Maxwell Muller
Alice in Wonderland (Video 1995)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A young girl follows a curious white rabbit into a world where everything is nonsense and everyone is mad.

Directors: Toshiyuki Hiruma, Takashi
Stars: Tony Ail, Nathan Aswell, Chera Bailey
Action | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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

Director: Dallas Bower
Stars: Stephen Murray, Ernest Milton, Pamela Brown
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Alice goes with her sister to a picnic and then she falls asleep and starts dreaming about a wonder land full of talking animals and walking playing cards.

Director: W.W. Young
Stars: Viola Savoy, Herbert Rice, Harry Marks
Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie 1999)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Alice falls down a rabbit hole, and finds herself in Wonderland, a fantasy land of strange characters and ideas.

Director: Nick Willing
Stars: Tina Majorino, Whoopi Goldberg, Robbie Coltrane
Fushigi no kuni no Arisu (TV Series 1983)
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Stars: Tarako, Masako Nozawa, Donald Arthur
Alice in Wonderland (Video 1988)
Animation | Fantasy | Family
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A young girl named Alice falls down a rabbit-hole and finds herself in Wonderland, a fantasy land of strange characters and ideas.

Director: Richard Trueblood
Stars: Phillip Hinton, Paul Johnstone, Olivia Martin
Fantasy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Join Alice on her journey through the mirror in BBC's fanciful adaptation of Lewis Caroll's classic novel. In an alternate world, just on the other side of the mirror's reflection, Alice ... See full summary »

Director: James MacTaggart
Stars: Sarah Sutton, Brenda Bruce, Richard Pearson
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 The Reverend Charles Dodgson 5 episodes, 1985
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 Alice's Sister 5 episodes, 1985
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 March Hare 3 episodes, 1985
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 Mad Hatter 3 episodes, 1985
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A rare 'Alice in Wonderland' adaptation that deserves to be better known
23 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

'Alice in Wonderland' is a classic, it may be oddball and episodic in structure but the atmosphere, humour, colourful characters and Carroll's way of words, like his poetry, logic and paradoxes, are timeless.

The various versions of 'Alice in Wonderland', as adaptations and on their own merits, have been interesting and mostly good (only 5 that has been rated 6 and below by me, four animated versions- not Disney- and Tim Burton's). Not all the adaptations out there are faithful to the book, which is not surprising seeing as great as the story is it is difficult to adapt, but all the various adaptations have been judged by me mostly on their own terms and most have fared well, though a perfect one has yet to be made.

Of all the 'Alice in Wonderland' adaptations, this 1985 series from Anglia is the rarest and one of the least known. Having seen the whole thing on Youtube (no idea how long it's going to stay up though), it is a shame because it does deserve to be better known. Book aficionados will be delighted by that it is one of the most faithful adaptations (in detail, retaining almost all the key characters and scenes which for an 'Alice in Wonderland' adaptation is an achievement, and spirit and even using John Tenniel's illustrations for the puppetry), and it has a huge amount of charm on its own.

Some of the puppetry on the Wonderland characters is a little crude, with some limitation on expression and movement (though not for all) for the likes of The King of Hearts, The Mad Hatter, The Mock Turtle and The Queen of Hearts, and the mouse's costume in the "Pool of Tears" scene sticks out like a sore thumb somewhat.

Elsewhere, the series looks pretty good and for a television series of its budget shows a wide and skillful array of technical techniques, like setting the action against very colourful and picturesque photographic (like with the beach and woodland scenes) or live action (Rabbit's house and in the court) backgrounds and using Tenniel's illustrations also on screen in the "Old Father William" scene. The five episodes are all book-ended by charming and beautifully filmed live action scenes, complete with evocative costuming.

Music has a lovely understated whimsy, while the dialogue flows naturally with Carroll's writing shining wonderfully (the writing in the live-action bookend scenes with its telling-a-story device similarly charms). The storytelling throughout has the fun, nostalgia, colour charm and wonderfully oddball natures of the source material, with key scenes having their impact, and pacing never feels creaky with each 20-21 minute episode covering a lot of story in a short space of time.

Giselle Andrews is an enchanting Alice, being suitably spirited and winsome. Robert Peters is a charming Dodgson (aka. Lewis Carroll himself) and the sisters are appealingly played too. The characterisations for the Wonderland characters are on point too, especially Bernard Cribbons' mournful Mock Turtle, Joan Sanderson's battleaxe Queen of Hearts, John Barron's doleful Caterpillar and Michael Bentine's very funny March Hare.

All in all, a very rewarding experience and deserves to be better known. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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