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Curious Alice (1971)

This is an education film for public school children, about drugs, narcotics, psychedelics, alcohol, amphetamines, and barbiturates abuse in the context of the Alice In Wonderland story.


Dave Dixon
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Elizabeth Jones Elizabeth Jones ... Alice
Sparky Sparky ... Cat


The story "Alice in Wonderland" is used as a metaphor about the dangers of accidental drug use among children. Curious Alice's trip to Wonderland is not through the rabbit hole, but rather through her home, where the medicine and kitchen cabinets hold substances of lure but danger. After ingesting one of these substances, Alice, now in the Wonderland of her mind, has an altered sense of reality. In her new psychedelic world, she is exposed to more and more drugs, which she may take based on her impaired judgment from the initial drug use. Written by Huggo

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Animation | Short

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Landmark Classroom Anti-Drug Film; Pretty Creepy Head Feed
23 December 2012 | by DLewisSee all my reviews

This is an educational, semi-industrial U.S. government sponsored film springing from an anti-drug genre common to the late 1960s-early 1970s. Supposed to warn young people off drugs, it serves the message up with attractive and well made psychedelic visuals that only serve to subvert the stated purpose and intention. Most remarkable is the integration of black and white stills of the actress speaking the dialog that is animated along with the cels; how did they do that? Through photos printed on reversal film? Anyway, "Curious Alice" is about as technically secure and as imaginative as classroom films ever got; the synthesizer track -- which may be a composite of music from more than one source -- is a pioneering bit of synch that's among the first of its kind. But one downside is that, as an adaptation of the literary classic by Lewis Carroll, it is poor and tasteless. They are not outwardly trying to transmit Carroll's work, but they do as the writer pulls a little too much out of the source to establish it as a wholly independent work. The song "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane with its exhortation to "feed your head" was a likely stimulus for this film, as it was for other projects that warned against recreational drug use. As a purely visual and audio phenomenon, "Curious Alice" is so extraordinary that it belongs to the canon of the avant-garde, but as message it is too mixed, and were I a teacher in 1968 I would not have shown it to any class of students; it's just too irresponsible.

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1971 (USA) See more »

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