Alice in Wonderland (Two-Disc Special Un-Anniversary Edition)
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Celebrate a very merry un-anniversary in the whimsical, fun-filled world of Walt Disney's masterwork of animation, music and fantasy -- ALICE IN WONDERLAND SPECIAL UN-ANNIVERSARY EDITION, a 2-disc set complete with never-before-seen bonus features. Follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a magical journey into the fantastical world of Wonderland. It's a topsy-turvy place that gets "curiouser and curiouser" as Alice's madcap adventures introduce her to some truly unforgettable characters -- the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and more. Filled with spectacular songs and dazzling animation, ALICE IN WONDERLAND SPECIAL UN-ANNIVERSARY EDITION is a timeless classic your entire family will love.|At one point Walt Disney considered using a combination of live action and animation to tell the story. His plan was to have real actors play Alice and her sister at the introduction and conclusion of the film, with the rest of the film being an animated dream.|The movie took five years to complete and cost $3 million.|At one point, "Brave New World" author Aldous Huxley worked on the script for the movie.|Disney had been thinking about making this movie since 1933, when he considered making a live-action version starring Mary Pickford, then later, Ginger Rogers. He shelved the project after Paramount filmed a version of the story.
Walt Disney seems to have had a special affection for Lewis Carroll's "Alice" stories. "Alice's Wonderland" (1923), a short about a live-action little girl in a cartoon world, led to his first successful series, the "Alice" comedies (collected on Walt Disney Treasures: Disney Rarities--Celebrated Shorts, 1920s -1960s). During the early '30s, he talked about making an animation/live-action feature of "Alice in Wonderland" with Mary Pickford in the title role. But almost two decades would elapse before Disney released his Alice. It's the most uneven of the classic Disney features, juxtaposing brilliant and dull sequences. The Mad Tea Party, the Queen of Hearts' Croquet Game, and Alice's encounters with the Caterpillar and Cheshire Cat fuse the spirit of Carroll's words, the vitality of the polished animation, and the stylized look and brilliant palette of designer Mary Blair. But the song "I Give Myself Very Good Advice" and the unsatisfying adaptation of "The Walrus and Carpenter" bring the story to a halt. Disney's Alice in Wonderland remains a beloved film, and its better moments are truly magical. (Rated G: cartoon violence, some scary moments, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
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The story is relatively true to Carroll's novel, but some things are left out and some things, for the sake of music, have been added. The film creates an entirely new aesthetic, in contrast to John Tenniell's original black and white, pen and ink drawings. Disney's Cheshire cat, White Rabbit, Mad Tea Party, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, caterpillar, and Alice herself have replaced Tenniell's images in the popular imagination.
This is done at the height of the Disney studio's conventional animation technique, released between Cinderella and Peter Pan. At the time, the technique was vastly superior to TV animation, except for the shorts which began as material for the big screen. I watched this film a few days ago, after buying the DVD, and my impression is that the animation is almost as good as Disney's best, but it seems to lack the subtitles I see in Bambi or Fantasia.
But, after 64 years, the film holds its own and charms me one more time. This may be the best Alice worth buying, even if you could find the older ones on DVD or even tape.
However, I think movies like Alice in Wonderland and Mulan are movies that graphics wise are still very rich and grab everyone's attention. Alice is such a great Disney movie because of the randomness of it all. The witty craziness of the characters and how it all comes together in weird ways. As a kid it's very entertaining and makes you want to live in Alice's world. I know I did!
My little cousin loves Frozen and Tangled just like any kids right now but she also has said to me about how much she loves Alice in Wonderland. I find it's really nice to see people still giving the older movies a chance and they can really stand up next to movies coming out now,I think. Alice is uplifting and adventurous. It's also dark and intriguing. It's everything you want in a story playing out in front of you.
Amazing DVD buy this!!
My favorite character Cheshire!!! Love that cat!!! You'll love this movie! Looks great!!!!
1. The Animation: I love the animation of this movie. Alice with Peter Pan mark for me the beauty of what ink and paint can do in the most classical sense. The colors are vibrant, and the characters are wonderfully drawn.
2. The story: Disney does a great job of capturing the absolute madness of this story. Some would say the plot makes no sense, and I'd say....exactly.
3. The voice talents: Disney had an incredible stable of talent from Ed Wynn, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley, Thurl Ravenscroft, Mel Blanc,
and the voice of Alice is Kathryn Beaumont, who was also the voice of Wendy in Peter Pan.
The Movie I think deserves more respect than Disney gives it, it's a true masterpiece
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