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Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 6

A good introduction to Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice in Wonderland boasts some of the Disney canon's most surreal and twisted images.

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A good introduction to Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice in Wonderland boasts some of the Disney canon's most surreal and twisted images.

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This Disney feature-length cartoon combines the most entertaining elements of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Chasing after the White Rabbit, who runs into view singing "I'm Late! I'm Late!," Alice falls down the rabbit hole into the topsy-turvy alternate world of Wonderland. She grows and shrinks after following the instructions of a haughty caterpillar, attends a "Very Merry Unbirthday" party in the garden of the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, stands in awe

Feb 1, 2011

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What's really disappointing is the undistinguished animation: the film looks and plays more like the Disney shorts than the Disney features.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (14)
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Walt Disney has gone a long way towards tightening the leisurely, haphazard adventure of Alice in the wonderland of her imagination.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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If you are not too particular about the images of Carroll and Tenniel, if you are high on Disney whimsey and if you'll take a somewhat slow, uneven pace, you should find this picture entertaining.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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...a watchable yet thoroughly forgettable piece of work...

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Despite nice elements in this Oscar-nominated Disney feature, the movie was at the time a commercial flop, but deserves to be seen.

March 20, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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I'm not sure there's anyone alive that believes the 1951 film lives up to Lewis Carroll's deathless 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but the animated feature remains a perfectly decent slice of kid-friendly surrealism...[Blu-ray]

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

plays as a series of colorful, but uneven setpieces that lack an interesting or emotionally engaging heroine to tie them together

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Charm and relative simplicity play like a time capsule of animated movies past, which remind us of the Disney products that captivated our grandparents.

January 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Surreal Disney classic with wild-card characters.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An emotionally chilly exercise... At the same time it is gorgeous indeed, one of the most singular movies in the Disney canon visually.

November 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Fifty years on the movie is clearly due a reappraisal. It's colourful, fun and as surreal as Disney is ever likely to get, this isn't as good as the books, but works as a cute introduction to them.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

An enjoyable if rather pallid rendering of Carroll's classic tale.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The film is dazzling in its use of color and odd shapes and is enhanced by the distinctive voices of Ed Wynn as the Mad Hatter, Sterling Holloway as the Cheshire Cat, Jerry Colonna as the March Hare, and Verna Felton as the Queen of Hearts.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Disney's animated musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic is enjoyable and contains a few twisted touches and slanted visuals.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Lovely animation and trippy story ruined by never-ending, excruciating songs.

January 17, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com | Comments (4)
StaciWilson.com

Even as straightforward eye candy, the film is a near miss

February 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comments (2)
Film Freak Central

Disney was and is a studio with an impenetrably inflated sense of quality control.

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

a whirlwind ride... Disney's trippiest film

January 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

...talented actors lend the film its greatest energy, and without them I might have fallen asleep rather than just feeling a bit listless.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It might not come close to a 5-star Disney Classic, but the breezy animation and colorful characters salvage an annoyingly fractured narrative.

July 25, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Alice in Wonderland

Though ultimately not the most memorable Disney experience, Alice in Wonderland is a charming, visually stunning film that--while dated--is nonetheless enjoyable.
August 19, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

This is how the story of Alice in wonderland SHOULD be done Tim Burton.
That aside, Alice in Wonderland is probably one of Disney's most creative animated films to date just due to how crazy they could go with tis story seeing how nothing makes sense in this nonsensical animated world of Wonderland. Alice is probably one of my favorite animated film leads and the side characters are some of Disney's best, mainly the Mad Hatter and March Hare even though they aren't even in the film for fifteen minutes. My favorite character however is the Cheshire Cat, not just for how Sterling Holloway portrays him, but also how you never know what side he is on, if he's a good guy or a bad guy, and I really enjoy characters that are done like that. The music is also very good for the film, my favorite being the story of the carpenter and walrus just for how strange it is.
August 15, 2012
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Michael Edwards

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A classic retelling of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, this is one of the strangest films in Disney's catalogue. I remember watching this as a kid, and thought it was really creepy for some odd reason. Maybe it was the Cheshire Cat with that grin of his or the Mad Hatter. Either way, Alice in Wonderland was one of those Disney films that creeped me out, and I thought it was a good film, but it kind of made me feel uneasy. This is nonetheless a good adaptation of a classic tale. This is a great film that might make you raise an eyebrow or two, however if you love Disney films, then this is yet another one worth checking out. Alice in Wonderland sure is an eccentric, surreal cinematic experience, but it's also one that you'll never forget. The film has colorful characters and a good cast. Like I said, Alice in Wonderland is weird, but it is definitely an entertaining film, one that will definitely appeal to Disney enthusiasts. Of all the films that Disney has put out, Alice in Wonderland may be the one that stands out the most. The sheer eccentricity of the film has made its reputation secure among fans of Disney. The film is definitely out of this world and very different from others in Disney's past. For what it's worth, this is still a must see film if you want to check all the essential Disney classics, as this is one of the most memorable of them all. Not the most perfect film that Disney has made, but definitely a stunning ride nonetheless.
April 29, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Trippy as hell. Comes to show how twisted Disney's minds can be. I wasn't interested throughout CUZ I DON'T SMOKE BRO
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

    1. Cheshire Cat: Can you stand on your head?
    – Submitted by Aaron H (4 months ago)
    1. Doorknob: Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.
    – Submitted by Nick S (7 months ago)
    1. Alice: Curiouser and curiouser!
    – Submitted by Michael B (16 months ago)
    1. Mad Hatter: A very merry Un-Birthday to you!
    – Submitted by Alphonse E (20 months ago)
    1. Queen of Hearts: So where were you going, my child?
    2. Alice: Well, I was on my way home and...
    3. Queen of Hearts: YOUR WAY? ALWAYS GO MY WAY!
    – Submitted by Alan Torres Dwyer B (22 months ago)
    1. Queen of Hearts: OFF WITH HIS HEAD!
    – Submitted by Alan Torres Dwyer B (22 months ago)
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