Alice in Wonderland (Clyde Geronimi, 1951)

A quick review

We have all dreamed of falling down the rabbit whole or going through the looking glass into Wonderland.  Going on an adventure is something we all want to do. Clyde Geronimi 1951 adaption of the novel by Lewis Carroll seems like a perfect dream but if you have ever wanted to be in Alice’s position you should think again. With danger around every corner and the Evil red queen out for a good decapitation, no one is safe.


When Alice falls down the rabbit whole and into wonderland she is confronted by the daunting task of finding a way back home.  On the way she encounters a number of people, animals, bugs and plants who seems to be rather unhelpful.  As she is nearing an end to her adventure she finds herself in the Red Queens castle. The Queen is an evil spoiled woman, sticking to the stereotypes of how every Queen in the Disney franchise is evil and murderous.  After Alice manages to get on her nerves Alice runs away and stumbles upon herself asleep. Alice then wakes up to discover everything was a dream.

Alice in Wonderland film poster

Alice in Wonderland film poster

Alice in Wonderland is the perfect representation of a child’s imagination and how a dream is able to be as mad as possible without us realising we are in a dream.  For me the whole idea that it is in fact a dream seems to ruin the story for me as it removes the magic from the film.  In addition, even though the making of the feature length animation officialy began in 1938, the film seems to lack narrative and missed out some important features from the book. With the Bandersnatch not being mentioned at all!  The whole films seems to just be an organized mess with little plot or resolution. This why Tim Burton’s version is my favourite as the film seems to have a lot more character development and a better story line.

However, despite not much happening the film is a tremendous representation of what can be achieved through animation and the creativity of both Disney and Carroll. The film really has some of the most interesting looking characters, along with some of the best dialog.

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland characters.

Alice in Wonderland characters.

Despite the issues with the film it really is a fun and creative film that should be adored by all Disney fans! This film has a special place in the Disney universe.

how have you not seen this?

Deathbyapril – April Ely.


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