Review of Alice in Wonderland

21st November, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Review of Alice in Wonderland

In some ways, Alice in Wonderland shared a lot of similarities with Fantasia. It was one of Walt Disney’s personal pet projects that he had been harboring for some time. Even before he had created his animation studio, he was interested in Alice in Wonderland. In fact, he produced some shorts that were animation/live action combinations that were based on it. Soon after Snow White’s success, he began planning on a feature length Alice in Wonderland, but for various reasons (including World War II), it was delayed. Once Cinderella brought feature length films back to be a possibility, Alice in Wonderland was the obvious choice for the next film.

Just as with Fantasia, the film didn’t do well financially at first. It’s life continued on television for quite some time. This was unusual for other Disney features that saw returns to the cinema multiple times. Finally, in the 70’s, Alice in Wonderland gained popularity as a psychedelic experience (also similar to Fantasia). Disney at first resisted this sentiment, but it finally embraced it when it rereleased it theatrically for the first time.

I had thought that I had seen Alice in Wonderland before, but to my surprise, as I began watching I couldn’t be sure. It’s possible that I had only seen segments, because while a lot was familiar, there were also some things that were unfamiliar. If I had seen it, it must have been when I was a very young child. Honestly, I’m still not sure if I had seen it or not. But I definitely can say I’ve seen it now.

If there is one thing that Alice in Wonderland is, it’s bizarre. The unusual jump from scene to scene where everything is nonsense is different from other Disney films. I prefer films with a logical story. But Alice in Wonderland does have a certain charm to it. And to be quite honest, I laughed out loud a few times.

There have been many renditions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and many of them are outright creepy. But Disney’s version is a delightful adaptation that is probably the best suited for children – and that’s the target audience for the original novel anyways.

No Comments

No Comments

Leave a reply