Directed: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Verna Felton
Alice is a daydreaming young girl. She finds learning poems and listening to literature boring. She prefers stories with pictures and to live inside her imagination. One day, while enduring just such a poetry reading, she spots a large white rabbit...dressed in a jacket and carrying a large watch. He scurries off, saying he's late, for a very important date. She follows him through the forest. He then disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, leading her to all manner of discoveries, characters and adventures.
This is a review on the animated movie and not the book. Here is a take on Lewis Carroll's classic novel from Disney. The Disney animators brought this surreal story to life in cartoon form. The story still follows along with the book to some degree, but the movie is not as long as the book is. The movie is not much over an hour long.
The look of Alice and all of the characters are so interesting but not scary or frightening. That is because Disney created this movie. Just think how twisted this story could turn out. I mean it has been done in the past ten years with a movie and a very dark computer game.
This movie is filled with songs for the whole family. I am not a big fan of singing in movie, but when it comes to Disney animated movie, they get a pass. The songs in this movie are really well created for the movie. They went with the movie and the story, instead of just shoving a song in there just to have it.
The characters are the best for this movie. Most people's favorite or most well known character is the Cheshire Cat. He is the one that most people lean toward. My favorite is Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb, because they are the ones that tell the story of the Walrus and the Carpenter. I love that song and the story. Also the "twins" are the silliest and most funny out of the movie, in my opinion.
I do not know of anyone that has never seen this movie, but by some change that you have not, then you need to. It is one of the best that Disney made in those days. It is worth adding to you personal collection. No matter how many different copies there are on all of the different formats. Enjoy.
Alice in Wonderland (1951)