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4.0 out of 5 stars This is no bad dream, July 15, 2000
This review is from: Alice in Wonderland (Disney Gold Classic Collection) (DVD)
Because of critics' reaction to Alice in Wonderland in 1951, it is written, Walt Disney actually apologized for the movie and soon after his television show became a hit a few years later, he showed it in its entirety on TV, thus relegating it to his "minor film" category. The movie has never been able to shake this image, and that is a shame. We should remember that "Wizard of Oz" wasn't a giant box office hit in 1939, and only after it was made an annual event on television did it become a classic in the eyes of the public. "Alice in Wonderland" deserves far more attention than it has ever received. The characters are wonderful. The music is humable, even singable. It's a short film that takes the viewer into a dreamland, and Disney's animated version stands up against any of the other live versions that have popped up over the years. It's time to give this movie the credit it deserves as a classic in animation. Watch it from a child's point of view, with the amazing images of a cat that disappears, talking cards, and Alice constantly growing and shrinking. And then enjoy it as an adult for the dream world into which we are all swept. And furthermore, the DVD transfer is fantastic, with as many extras as one will find on a Disney non-special edition disc. Take another look at this one and be swept away.
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Initial post: Jul 7, 2010 2:39:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 7, 2010 3:15:31 PM PDT
DB Edwards says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2010 4:32:36 PM PST
Don't worry Eldridge, Edwards didn't read your review in its entirety. Well written sir.

Oh, and uh, here - Under release and reception: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland_%281951_film%29

And um, here: http://books.google.com/books?id=5JHrODsAdNwC&pg=PA487&lpg=PA487&dq=walt+disney+alice+disappointment+1951&source=bl&ots=E-cBxYMlSz&sig=2z4fe6QJhHvOxUdsfgdlAB2uvyE&hl=en&ei=12foTIToFsaqlAemneW_CQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=walt%20disney%20alice%20disappointment%201951&f=false

Have a nice day.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 5:31:07 AM PST
I agree completely with your assessment of Alice. I first saw it in its original release, and I have loved it ever since. One thing that should not be underestimated is the great score; from "I'm Late" to the "March of the Cards," the music for Alice is terrific.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 12:48:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 17, 2011 12:49:14 AM PST
Alice In Wonderland did get the major deluxe treatment when it was released on Laserdisc in the mid 1990's, it was a huge gift box with lots of goodies inside. This release was equal to the big box laserdisc release of Snow White, Fantasia, Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty. So Alice did get some recognition.
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