Alice in Wonderland (1951) Poster

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  • Alice in Wonderland tells the classic tale in Disney animation of a young English girl named Alice who, while daydreaming in the garden during a history lesson, chases a pocketwatch-carrying White Rabbit and falls down his rabbit hole into a fantasy world where she meets various strange creatures such as twin brothers Tweedledum and Tweedledee, singing flowers, a hookah-smoking caterpillar, a Cheshire cat, the March Hair and Mad Hatter who are celebrating their unbirthdays, and the Queen of Hearts and her playing card army.

  • Actually, the movie is based on two books: (1) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland), (1865) and (2) Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871), both written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.

  • While the Queen screams, 'Off with her head!', Alice remembers the mushrooms in her apron pockets. She takes a bite of one of them and grows until her head touches the ceiling. No longer intimidated by the Queen, Alice begins to scold her, calling her 'a fat, pompous, bad-tempered, old tyrant.' However, with each word, Alice grows a little shorter until she's back to her tiny height. 'Off with her head!' again screams the Queen causing Alice to run for her life while the Queen and her cards give chase. Alice happens upon the door that separates Wonderland from the real world and tries to turn the knob, but the Doorknob informs her that she is already on the other side. Looking through the keyhole, Alice sees herself asleep under a tree, Dinah in her lap. 'Alice, wake up!' she calls to herself. In the final scene, the view returns to the real world where Alice's sister is telling her to wake up. Alice babbles about the crocodile and the caterpillar, but her sister, not knowing what Alice is talking about, leads Alice home for tea.

  • Yes. Lewis Carroll's novel is in the public domain and can be read or downloaded from various websites such as Project Gutenberg.

  • "Disneys animated rendition of Alice in Wonderland (1951) was not the greatest-received of their pictures. Critics didnt like the way it Americanized classic Lewis Carroll literature, parents didnt approve of the generally moral-less outcome of the story, and many downright found it too weird and silly. Still, as an adaptation of a great work of English literature, Alice in Wonderland does showcase many important themes beneath its goofy veneer, largely dealing with a childs evolution into adolescence and adulthood, and the constantly puzzling nature of life and existence." Read more here.


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