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Alice in Wonderland (1951)



Alice in Wonderland

(1951)

75 minutes

Animation / Classics / Fantasy / Family

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske
 
Cast:

Kathryn Beaumont as Alice
Ed Wynn as the voice of Mad Hatter
Richard Haydn as the voice of Caterpillar
Sterling Holloway as the voice of Cheshire Cat
Jerry Colonna as the voice of March Hare
Verna Felton as the voice of Queen of Hearts
J. Pat O'Malley as the voice of Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Walrus, Carpenter and Mother Oyster
Robert Oliveri as the voice of Broom Dog
Bill Thompson as the voice of White Rabbit, The Dodo
Heather Angel as the voice of Alice's sister
Joseph Kearns as the voice of Doorknob
Larry Grey as the voice of Bill the Lizard, Card Painter
Queenie Leonard as the voice of A Bird in a Tree, Snooty Flower
Dink Trout as the voice of King of Hearts
Doris Lloyd as the voice of Rose
Jimmy MacDonald as the voice of The Dormouse
Thurl Ravenscroft, Bill Lee, Max Smith, and Bob Hamlin as the voice of The Mellomen, Card Painters
Don Barclay as the voice of Other Cards
Pinto Colvig as the voice of Flamingos
Norma Zimmer as the voice of White Rose
 

This film is the Walt Disney version of Lewis Carroll's Children's story. It begins with Alice tired of her dull life. She becomes distracted with a rabbit she sees running to get somewhere. Alice starts to follow it and is led into a hole. Her strange adventure begins from there.  

Alice in Wonderland - Trailer

During her sister’s history lesson, a young girl named Alice grows bored of listening. She daydreams of living in a world of nonsense called Wonderland, and sings this to her kitten, Dinah. Right then she sees a White Rabbit dressed in a vest and carrying a pocket watch, claiming frantically that he is going to be late. Alice and Dinah chase after him, until she falls down alone in the rabbit’s hole. She falls and falls down a seemingly endless well, finally landing at the bottom. The young girl continues to run after the rabbit, but he escapes through a small door. She tries the knob to the door, but it complains of being twisted and suggests she drinks from a bottle on the table bearing a tag labeled “Drink Me”. Alice consumes the liquid in the bottle, and shrinks down to a small fraction of her size. The door is locked, so she must retrieve the key, but it is on the table and she is now too little to reach it. The doorknob directs her to a yellow cake labeled “Eat Me”, which Alice does. She then grows so large that her head hits the ceiling and she begins to cry, flooding the room with her tears. As the “Drink Me” bottle rolls by, Alice takes the last few drops. She shrinks to such a tiny size that she drops into the bottle, and is carried by her tears through the key hole of the door and into Wonderland.
 
Here she follows a crowd of animals running around a Dodo bird, until she spots the rabbit. She pursues him into the forest , but is slowed by two fat twins named Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. They tell the tale of “The Walrus and the Carpenter” through a gibberish song. Alice manages to escape during the middle of one of their songs, and finally unearths the White Rabbit’s house. The rabbit commands she find his gloves. While searching for them, she discovers cookies labeled “Eat Me”, eats them, and then grows to massive proportions. The White Rabbit, the Dodo, and chimney sweep Bill the Lizard think Alice is a monster, so they plot to burn the house down. She escapes by pulling a carrot out of the garden, consuming it, and shrinking down to three inches.
 
Alice then ventures into a garden of talking flowers. At first they befriend her, but deciding she is a weed, they kick her out. Alice soon wanders upon a hookah smoking caterpillar. He gives her cryptic advice about the mushroom he is sitting on, and then turns into a butterfly. She experiments with eating different sides of the mushroom, before eventually returning to her original size. She stuffs extra mushroom pieces in her pockets.
 
Next the young girl comes across a wide grin, which materializes into the Cheshire Cat. He gives her directions that lead to an “unbirthday” party in the garden of the March Hare. She joins the Mad Hatter, March Hare, and Dormouse in their tea party here. The White Rabbit appears, but after a short time he is thrown out of the party. Alice soon becomes annoyed by their peculiarity and rudeness and decides to go home.
 
On her way, she gets lost in the Tulgey Wood. The Cheshire Cat reappears and shows her to a maze ruled by the cruel Queen of Hearts and her smaller husband, the King of Hearts. Alice comes upon some playing cards painting white roses red. Not long after, the Queen arrives and orders the death of the painters. Next she invites the young girl to a croquet match using flamingoes as mallets and hedgehogs as balls. The Cheshire Cat plays a prank on the Queen during the game, and she subsequently blames Alice and commands her execution. The King recommends Alice be put on trial instead. The Queen dictates the trial, with which the young girl’s nonsensical friends are of no help. Alice stops the trial by eating some of the mushroom in her pocket, which causes her to grow to a colossal size. Alice insults the Queen for her behavior, but quickly shrinks back to normal size.  When the Queen orders her head, Alice flees. After spotting all of the characters she has encountered in Wonderland, she finds the doorknob she came in with. The door is locked, but she peers through the keyhole. On the other side, she sees herself asleep in the park. Alice yells to herself to wake up, until she gradually does awaken from the dream she has been having. Her sister, frustrated by Alice’s lack of focus, takes her home and the two have tea.




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