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Alice in Wonderland [1951] (2 discs)

Director:Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Wilfred Jackson
Writer:Ted Sears
Winston Hibler
Composer:Oliver Wallace
Songs:Al Hoffman
Bob Hilliard
Don Raye
Gene de Paul
Jerry Livingston
Joseph Dubin
Mack David
Sammy Fain
Length:75 minutes
(1 hour 15 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
Sorting Tub:Bravo
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:82%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

Reaction: Colorful and imaginative. Great for the whole family.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Clyde Geronimi => Director
Hamilton Luske => Director
Wilfred Jackson => Director
Ted Sears => Writer
Winston Hibler => Writer
Oliver Wallace => Composer
Al Hoffman => Songs
Bob Hilliard => Songs
Don Raye => Songs
Gene de Paul => Songs
Jerry Livingston => Songs
Joseph Dubin => Songs
Mack David => Songs
Sammy Fain => Songs
Lewis Carroll => Novels "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass")
Bill Lee => Card Painter (as The Mellomen) (voice)
Bill Thompson => White Rabbit / Dodo (voice)
Bob Hamlin => Card Painter (as The Mellomen) (voice)
Dink Trout => King of Hearts (voice)
Doris Lloyd => The Rose (voice)
Ed Wynn => Mad Hatter (voice)
Heather Angel => Lorina - older sister of Alice (voice)
J. Pat O'Malley => The Carpenter (voice) / Tweedledee / Tweedledum / The Walrus
James MacDonald => Dormouse (voice)
Jerry Colonna => March Hare (voice)
Joseph Kearns => Doorknob (voice)
Kathryn Beaumont => Alice (voice)
Larry Grey => Bill (voice)
Max Smith => Card Painter (as The Mellomen) (voice)
Norma Zimmer => White Rose (uncredited)
Queenie Leonard => Bird in the Tree (voice)
Richard Haydn => Caterpillar (voice)
Sterling Holloway => Cheshire Cat (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft => Card Painter (as The Mellomen) (voice)
Verna Felton => Queen of Hearts (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Though the film was a box-office flop when first released, several years later it became the Disney studio's most requested 16mm film rental title for colleges and private individuals. In 1974, the studio took note of this fact, withdrew the rental prints, and reissued the film nationally themselves.
  • The first Disney animated feature in which the voice talent is credited on-screen with the characters they each play. This would not occur again until The Jungle Book.
  • HIDDEN MICKEY: In the scene where Alice grows and gets stuck in the White Rabbit's house, if you look closely at the DoDo bird's flame as he lights his pipe, there is a hidden Mickey flickering in the flame.
  • This movie is actually a combination of Lewis Carroll's two "Alice" books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
  • During a break in the recording sessions, Ed Wynn ad libbed the speech where the Mad Hatter tries to "fix" the White Rabbit's watch. ("Muthtard? Leth not be thilly!") Walt Disney, who was listening in a nearby sound booth, saw that the recording tape was still recording Wynn's speech. He told the sound technicians, "Hey, that stuff's pretty funny. Why don't you use that speech in the movie?" The sound men objected. "We can't use that speech. There are too many background noises on the tape." Disney smiled, and told them, "That's *your* problem," then walked out of the room. Eventually, with much labor, the sound technicians managed to erase all the background noises from the recording tape so that Ed Wynn's ad libs could be used in the film.
  • Lewis Carroll wrote the riddle "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" as nonsense - it has no answer. This has not stopped people, despite being repeatedly told that there is not, nor should there be, any answer, from trying to contrive one. Among the suggestions are, "because Edgar Allan Poe wrote on both" and "because the notes for which they are noted are not noted for being musical notes" (the second of which is very similar to a solution that Carroll himself wearily suggested when he grew tired of people asking him about it).
  • In the Walrus and the Carpenter sequence, the R in the word "March" on the mother oyster's calendar flashes. This alludes to the old adage about only eating oysters in a month with an R in its name. That is because those months without an R (May, June, July, August) are the summer months in England, when oysters would not keep due to the heat, in the days before refrigeration.
  • This movie contained Dink Trout's final role.
  • Continuing the pattern of film versions of Alice in Wonderland not being commercially successful, this movie was a huge box office failure. However, it did become something of a cult film during the 1960s, where it was viewed as a "head film".
  • The Doorknob was the only character in the film that did not appear in Lewis Carroll's books.