I loved Alice in Wonderland as a kid as we had a bootleg VHS copy of it for the longest time. I actually did not have an official release of this movie until Disney released it on DVD in the early 00s. I would not put this close to the top of my Disney movies, but it is still one that I find fun and have enjoyed over the years.
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The Movie Review
Alice in Wonderland is certainly one of the weirder Disney movies. I recently learned that the first theatrical release of this did not do all that well. It was not until the re-release in the 70s that it had a successful theatrical run. Some people think that the “psychedelic” nature of the movie appealed to people’s interests in the 70s if you know what I mean!
Alice is a pretty interesting character, she ends up following The White Rabbit and she finds herself in the strange place that is known as Wonderland. One of the things that I think I liked about the movie as a kid was it was like she went from a random encounter to a random encounter. However, it all kind of works as the main goal is Alice trying to find her way out of Wonderland.
Wonderland is full of strange characters from The Queen of Hearts, The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat, and many more. I like how she will encounter a weird character, deal with them for a bit, and then move on to the next one. There is a kind of randomness to the story, but it all somehow works.
The animation and loo of Alice in Wonderland is great. The Disney animators were able to get very creative in bringing Wonderland to life and it is a lot of fun. It was always a Disney movie that I loved to watch as a kid and look at the backgrounds to see all of the little details.
One area where I feel Alice in Wonderland is lacking a bit is the soundtrack. The soundtrack of Alice in Wonderland outside a couple of songs, The Unbirthday Song and The Walrus and the Carpenter never clicked for me. Even now as someone who has seen the movie many times, I would struggle to recall most of the soundtrack as it never left a strong impression on me.
I know this may anger some people, but I would much rather watch the 2010 Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland live-action movie than this. I know that is a different re-telling of this classic book, but I think it is a much better version of this tale! Although, the sequel is a movie that I could probably go the rest of my life without seeing and be cool with it!
I know that we have to class Alice in Wonderland as a classic and it is a movie I watched a lot of times as a kid. However, there is no way I would classify this as one of the best Disney movies. It is fun and it certainly has some quirky characters and moments, but it is just lacking something to make me love it instead of just liking it.
- I like Alice’s inquisitive nature
- The cast of characters in this movie are a lot of fun
- Wonderland is a very creatively designed place
- Talking about this makes me want to watch the 2010 live-action movie!
- There is just something about this that is missing
- Many of the songs in this movie are forgettable