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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.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 3:12:45 PM PDT
mojojojo50 says:
My British-born wife greatly dislikes this film , because the dialogue is often chopped and changed from the book and the American voices simply do not work her, especially with this cutesy Alice. Had Disney used a skilled English actress able to mix a range of tones (like an upper-class accent full of smugness with tints of indredulity, surprise, worry and a general sense of superiority over these creatures), would allow Alice's character to develop as she learns how to manage alone in 'wonderland'. The storyline would have a genuine arc to it. Incidentally, my American daughter found this film boring, because she could not identify with Alice. The film with sound remains a big cartoon. Especially as many of the other voicings feels rather dated.
However, when I watch this film without the sound, it is incredible. The visual effectively explicate the story, overwhelm the viewer, and have a magic of detail, movement, subversiveness and intangible qualities that are only spotted with repeated silent viewings. The animation stands up and compares well with the best 1950's Disney masterworks -- Dumbo and Pinochio.

Posted on May 14, 2015 11:23:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2015 11:25:50 PM PDT
R. Care says:
The early TV version was cut. The entire film would not fit into the one hour Disneyland slot with commercials. It was also pulled from the usual Disney 7-year re-issue process and was not re-released until after Fantasia became a trip movie hit, circa 1969. There is even a psychedelic, flower power Alice re-issue poster and the Jefferson Airplane allegedly used the caterpillar sequence in some of their concerts.

Otherwise I agree with everything in Don's review. I loved this film from the first time I saw it as a kid and was frustrated when it disappeared for years.
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