DisAnim.com http://www.disanim.com Covering Disney Animated Classics in Chronological Order Mon, 09 Jan 2012 13:00:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 Why Does the Mad Hatter’s Hat say 10/6? http://www.disanim.com/2012/01/why-does-the-mad-hatter%e2%80%99s-hat-say-106/ Mon, 09 Jan 2012 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.disanim.com/?p=421 I have a friend from my high school years who bought a hat from Disneyland that was modeled after the Mad Hatter’s hat, so I saw the “10/6” tag a lot. I asked him once what in the world that was supposed to mean. He told me that it was the size of the hat, but that it was written in a nonsensical way (10/6 would normally be written as 1 2/3).

Turns out, he was wrong. It actually refers to 10 shillings and 6 pence, so it’s a reference to his trade as a hatter. For anyone who cares, this equals a half guinea. Of course, all of this refers to old British currency, before they adopted a decimalized system.

Time and Place of Alice in Wonderland http://www.disanim.com/2012/01/time-and-place-of-alice-in-wonderland/ Mon, 02 Jan 2012 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.disanim.com/?p=419 I’m not sure that Alice in Wonderland can be placed definitively, mostly since the majority of the action takes place in a fantasy world. However, in the scene where Alice is with her sister I don’t think it’s such a bad thing to place the story contemporary with Lewis Carroll and in the same setting. For that reason, I’m suggesting in Oxford, England, in 1862.

Source Material of Alice in Wonderland http://www.disanim.com/2011/12/source-material-of-alice-in-wonderland/ Mon, 26 Dec 2011 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.disanim.com/?p=417 Alice in Wonderland borrows elements from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as its sequel: Through the Looking-Glass. Lewis Carroll has many pursuits, including mathematics and photography, but we remember him best for his literary works (the Alice books being his most famous).

I read both books in a Victorian literature class I took in college, but my memory was a little rusty (plus my recollection wasn’t the best since I sped-read them… considering all the books I had to read within tight deadlines). The Disney film takes a lot of the same scenes, though it isn’t a perfect adaptation (much to the dismay and frustration of literary critics of the time). One scene that isn’t in the book that was added to the Disney film is the scene with the flowers – one which I think teaches a great message and is a good addition.

Alice in Wonderland’s Significance http://www.disanim.com/2011/12/alice-in-wonderland%e2%80%99s-significance/ Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:00:47 +0000 http://www.disanim.com/?p=415 Alice in Wonderland holds the honor of having the most songs in a Disney feature film. Of course, since the songs are typically so short, it is rarely remembered for its music (except for a few songs in particular, such as Unbirthday).

What’s in a Name? – Alice in Wonderland http://www.disanim.com/2011/12/what%e2%80%99s-in-a-name-%e2%80%93-alice-in-wonderland/ Mon, 12 Dec 2011 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.disanim.com/?p=413 It is commonly accepted that Alice is named after Alice Liddell, the daughter of Lewis Carroll’s friend (though there is some opposition to this notion).

The Cheshire Cat may be named after Cheshire, a county in England where Carroll was born.

Many of the other characters have names that aptly describe them, such as the Dodo (who is a dodo), the Queen of Hearts (who is seems to be the queen of the suite of hearts), and the Mad Hatter (who is a hatter that is crazy).

Ten Things I Learned from Alice in Wonderland http://www.disanim.com/2011/12/ten-things-i-learned-from-alice-in-wonderland/ Mon, 05 Dec 2011 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.disanim.com/?p=409 1. If you’re in a pickle, give yourself some good advice.
2. No one wins a caucus race.
3. Don’t trust a walrus and a carpenter… no matter how sweet their words are.
4. Lizards with ladders can solve all sorts of problems, such as if you have a giant in your house.
5. You can learn manners from flowers, but you can’t learn how to be nice.
6. If you’re tall, you must be a serpent.
7. The one way to stop a mad clock is with a hammer.
8. If you plant white roses by accident, the easiest way to resolve it is to paint them red rather than plant red roses.
9. Unknown drinks turn you tiny. Unknown cakes make you huge.
10. If you see a white rabbit, and it’s late, just leave it alone.

My Take on Alice in Wonderland http://www.disanim.com/2011/11/my-take-on-alice-in-wonderland/ Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.disanim.com/?p=406 Character I identify with:
Alice – Honestly, I simply cannot identify with anyone else because they’re way too weird.

Element I wish would have been elaborated:
The jabberwock. It’s a cool part of the original book. (And maybe my opinion’s have been tainted by Tim Burton’s 2010 version.)

Views on the villain:
The queen of hearts is probably the most clear-cut villain in the film. She reminds me of a high school teacher I had that would flip moods sporadically.

Favorite song:
“You can learn a lot of things from the flowers.”

Favorite lines:
“Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t.”
“How can one possibly pay attention to a book without pictures in it?”
“What we need is a lizard with a ladder. And there he is!”

Review of Alice in Wonderland http://www.disanim.com/2011/11/review-of-alice-in-wonderland/ Mon, 21 Nov 2011 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.disanim.com/?p=404 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.

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The Lost Cinderella Songs http://www.disanim.com/2011/08/the-lost-cinderella-songs/ Mon, 08 Aug 2011 13:00:47 +0000 http://www.disanim.com/?p=389 On the most recent release of Cinderella, the DVD contains several songs that were intended for the original movie — some of which were actually storyboarded. I listened to a few, and I was glad for all of the substitutions that they had placed in the finished version. However, there was one song that I really liked. It is a song that takes place while Cinderella is trying to get her chores done so she can go to the ball. The song that replaced it was the mice’s song, which I like better, so I’m still happy with the change. Nevertheless, the original song was pretty fun. “There’s so much to do, so very very much to do.” I think the reason I like it so much is because I identify with it. I suspect most of us can identify with it, actually.