Alice in wonderland
Disney 1951 Animation
Numerous film adaptations have been made of Lewis Carroll's well-known tales Through the Looking Glass and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Walt Disney's animated masterpiece Alice in Wonderland, which debuted in 1951, is one of the most well-known adaptations. It cemented Alice's appearance as a blonde wearing a blue dress, a white apron, and Mary Jane shoes. This 1951 movie is, in terms of accuracy, the second-most faithful rendition I've seen of Alice in Wonderland, and it stands out beyond most others as an Alice movie. This is on par with any other in terms of accuracy.
Based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice novels, Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy comedy film made by Walt Disney Productions. The movie had its London debut on July 26, 1951, and its New York City premiere on July 28, 1951. It was the thirteenth release of a Disney animated picture. It featured the voices of Verna Felton as the Queen of Hearts, Ed Wynn as the Mad Hatter, Sterling Holloway as the Cheshire Cat, and Kathryn Beaumont as Alice.
In the 1930s, Walt Disney attempted to turn Alice into a full-length animated picture; he later attempted again in the 1940s. The movie was going to be a live-action/animated hybrid, but Disney changed their mind and opted to make it entirely animated.
However, making the classic was not always simple. Walt had to wait for at least ten years before he could finally realize his thoughts of making an Alice movie, and when he did, there were many things to think about, like how Alice would talk and which characters to delete. How does Walt’s rendition vary from Caroll’s then?
Characters that were Cut in Disney’s rendition of Alice in Wonderland (1951)
There are many vibrant and eccentric personalities in the Wonderland universe. Since there are more than eighty in total, it was impossible to incorporate them all in a full-length film. The eliminated characters were the Griffin, the Mock Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, and the White Knight.
The Gryphon & The Mock Turtle
The Mock Turtle was a proposed appearance in the 1951 Disney animated adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. However, the Mock Turtle, the Jabberwock, and the Gryphon were dropped due to pace issues. The Mock Turtle did show up alongside Alice and the Gryphon
The White Knight
The White Knight, who would be one of the few to be friendly to Alice, was a figure that Disney liked quite a bit. On the other hand, Disney decided to delete the section, reasoning that Alice should find things out on her own without assistance.
Dinah, Alice’s kitty, who we see resting on her lap while she and her sister sunbathe by the riverside, is one element that Disney did incorporate in his version but was never seen in the novel. Even though it might not seem like much of a change, read the paragraph again and check to see whether she is present.
Although Dinah is referenced as Alice progressively descends the rabbit hole, the cat—not the kitten—was never specifically named in that context. In actuality, Through the Looking Glass is the only place we’ve ever seen Dinah. It’s a small adjustment, but the book wasn’t written like that originally.
Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
Here we have our first significant difference between the movie and the original book. Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, the Walrus, and the Carpenter don’t appear anywhere in Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But they do show up in the follow-up.
The interplay between Alice and the Tweedles is startlingly similar to that in Through the Looking Glass. They greet her in the forest, tell her about the Carpenter and the Walrus, engage in combat, and then Alice continues on. They recite Old Father William instead of fighting in Disney’s
In the film adaptation, Alice gets big and numerous appendages shoot out of windows and doors as she consumes the cookie in the White Rabbit's house while trying to retrieve his gloves for him. The Disney adaptation is a considerably lighter and more cartoonish affair. However, in Carrol's version, after Alice fires Bill the Lizard down the chimney, the rabbit and a few of his animal companions create an enraged mob. They attack her by throwing stones through the windows, which transform into cakes that Alice eats. From there, you pretty much know the rest of the story. She withdraws and moves on to the subsequent interaction.
The Door Knob
It would be doubtful that fresh, original characters would need to be created for an adaptation because so many Wonderland characters have been eliminated or combined. However, one character in Disney’s Alice is a wholly unique invention.
After going through the rabbit hole, Alice’s first meeting in Wonderland is with the talking Door Knob. For Alice to be able to talk through her ideas without addressing the audience, the Door Knob was invented.
The Flowers Do Not Appear in the Book, but Golden Afternoon Does
However, the song sung by the talking flowers, “All in the Golden Afternoon,” does exist in the very first pages of the text. Alice’s next meeting in the movie is another sequence that doesn’t occur in the original book. The title was taken from a poem by Carrol with the coincidental title by Disney’s composers.
The talking flowers from Through the Looking Glass actually appear in the song, and while they are a bit cliquish and have little in common with the book, they do have certain parallels. The song itself has very little to do with Carroll’s poetry. The bread-and-butterfly and rocking-horse fly segments continue, but the animation loses the literary aspect.
In the film adaptation, the caterpillar is much more of a snob
The encounter between a vast, hookah-smoking caterpillar and Alice, who has shrunk to a height of three inches, is one of the book’s most well-known sequences. During this conversation, the caterpillar instructs Alice how to grow by eating a mushroom and requests that she recite You Are Old, Father William. He does this slowly and distantly, while Disney takes a different approach.
Despite seeming identical, the caterpillar from Disney has a significantly less friendly demeanour. In contrast to the novel, he has a more arrogant attitude and is not mellowed by whatever he is smoking in his pipe. When he’s not puffing on alphabet letters, he talks down to Alice as though she’s not worth his smoke break.
The Unbirthday Party
The Hatter, the Hare, and the Doormouse all make an appearance in the novel, and they do hold a ridiculous tea party that strains Alice’s patience and provides us with some hilarious material. The Alice novels do not contain any unbirthday celebrations.
Although Humpty Dumpty is mentioned as having an unbirthday presence in Through the Looking Glass, the fundamental reason for the Hatter’s Tea Party’s existence is the Hatter’s conflict with Time, which keeps him trapped in teatime eternally.
Disney engaged an English professor from Columbia University for advice and to develop a specific phonetic speech pattern for Alice because he wanted the character to have an accent that was simple for all English-speaking people to understand. Many Alice admirers disagreed with the general consensus that Alice should be English like Carroll.
English, American, Australian, and Canadian accents were up for discussion. According to Alice in Wonderland: An Illustrated Journey Through Time by Mark Salisbury, thirteen-year-old Kathryn Beaumont was finally chosen to play Alice because she “had enough accent to suit the English, but it is not too British for American audiences.”
Alice Adventures in Wonderland is such a classic book, and because of this, Disney took a large portion of it verbatim and based their character designs on the animated originals. Even though Disney’s Queen of Hearts is the most distinctive-looking character, she exhibits the same horrifying facial expressions. However, the animals are frequently shown in the book in a more lifelike manner. While some characters, such as the Tweedles, are near replicas, the Mad Hatter has identical features on his hat in both the book and the original Disney film.
The narrative is told from the perspective of a 7-year-old girl with an unbridled imagination, even in the restrained Victorian age, in the form of “it was all a (day)dream (or was it?)”. Some of the characters agree with what she says, but others, like the grownups in her actual world, explain stuff she can’t grasp. She is frequently made to repeat poetry or songs that her governess would have taught her, but she perverts them unintentionally since the new lines are far more ferocious and harsh and better portray the risks of existence. The Queen of Hearts’ capricious penalties for anything that offends her may be a reflection of Alice’s perception that she gets punished by the adults in her life just for being a kid and acting in a way that children do. As we can see the script is very similar in its words as Carroll’s original.
Alice in Wonderland Disney (1951)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
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Instead of a never-ending tea party, The Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse are in the movie partying at an Unbirthday party. The March Hare and the Mad Hatter “repair” the White Rabbit’s broken clock.
The talking flowers, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and the storyline from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are all included in the film.
Alice consumes carrots from The White Rabbit’s garden in the film to reduce in size.
The Dodo in the film recommends setting the White Rabbit’s home on fire while Alice is inside.
The Caterpillar in the movie requests that Alice recite How Doth the Little Crocodile.
The Mock Turtle, Gryphon, or Lobster Quadrille are not mentioned.
In the film, the King treated Alice nicely.
Alice is hunted by the cards in the movie and finds herself dozing off.
The Duchess or the pig and pepper scene are absent.
In the film, the caterpillar is quite vicious.
For Alice, a trial was held.
Only Alice could see the cat in the film.
The gardeners were exposed and removed in the film.
In the film, Alice was awoken by her au pair.
They had a complete deck in the film.
Only a few characters are killed off by the Queen throughout the film.
She described the queen as a “fat, arrogant, elderly despot” in the film.
It was the Carpenter in the Walrus in the motion picture.
In the film, Alice grows up and places her arms and legs in the white rabbit’s home.
There isn’t an “Unbirthday” party in the novel (this is a Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There notion). Due to the Mad Hatter’s argument with Time, the March Hare, the Dormouse, and the Mad Hatter enjoy an endless tea party. Each unique exhibition receives four complimentary tickets.
The talking flowers and Tweedledee and Tweedledum, characters from Lewis Carroll’s previous work Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there, are never mentioned in the book.
In the story, Alice consumes little cakes in the White Rabbit’s home in order to shrink.
The White Rabbit says in the book that they must set fire to his home, which contains a huge Alice. (The Dodo is absent from this scenario.)
The Caterpillar in the book requests that Alice perform the poem You Are Old, Father William.
Mock Turtle, Gryphon, and Lobster Quadrille are some of the characters we get to know.
In the book, the King was cruel to Alice.
The cards fly upward in the book, change into leaves, and Alice “wakes up.”
We cook after we meet the Duchess.
In the novel, the caterpillar is not as as evil as he is in the movie.
The Knave of Hearts was being tried.
The cheshire cat was facing death in the novel.
The gardeners were kept out of sight of the troops and were not executed.
In the novel, Alice informed her sister about her nightmares when she woke up, and the sister experienced the same identical dream.
The troops in the novel were only hearts.
In the book, the Queen uses the croquet game to murder more people.
In the story, Alice was snarky with the aristocracy.
The Grypon and the Mock Turtle is a novel.
When Alice reaches adulthood and is living in the White Rabbit’s house, she is seen in the book sticking her foot and arm down the chimney.