Alice in Wonderland Reviews
For being released in 1949 it is strangely more gruesome in its aesthetic than I would have expected for a children's movie in that time period. Not that it is in any way horrifying, but the style and animation technique with the clay figures gives it a slightly odd yet likable quality. Most of the music I found unimpressive. The live action acting was often poor. Marsh as Alice did ok though she looked a bit old. The voice acting was pretty decent and the animation was better than I would have expected for that time period. The overall film and sound quality though was still expectedly poor.
NOTE: This is the 8th out of 21 known adaptations of the Lewis Carroll story I've seen. See blog for more details.
[font=Palatino Linotype][size=3]Forget all the others (with the possible exception of Jan Svankmajer's wonderfully bizarre version) and find Lou Bunin's Alice.[/size][/font]
[font=Times][color=#000000]The story is well done, sticking mostly to the source materiel in Carrol?s book. The animation, music, and voice work are all also well done. It is an entertaining flick. It also inspired my daughter?s current favorite ride at Disneyland, the Alice in Wonderland ?caterpillar? ride.[/color][/font]
The animation is just as elaborate as any Disney had made up to that point. Generally cheerful solid and pastel colors, it has been remastered with the same TLC that Snow White and Cinderella were. You have your choice of the original mono sound track or the remastered 5.1 track. I listened to the 5.1 and can't say that there was a lot of action on my surrounds or subwoofer. I sounded fine, just not very 5.1. I give the movie an 8.5/10.
The 2 DVD set has a bunch of extras. Included is the Mickey Mouse short that went along with 'Alice', titled 'Thru the Mirror' and the 1st Walt Disney TV broadcast, which featured 'Alice' and several Disney cartoons. At the dawn of TV they were still working out exactly what to do on screen, and this 1st Disney show was a get-together. The sponsor, Coca-Cola was served at the party in its old 8 oz bottles while the narrator blabbed about how refreshing it was. Actually that's not as bad as the barrage of disjointed sound bites commercial TV has now (and why I watch very little of it). Also included are trailers, a making of, some kiddie stuff, etc.. Overall a nice package and it rates a 9/10.