Alice In Wonderland

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I was so excited that we were up to this one – I’ve seen the Tim Burton AIW and the other one with Deb from Napoleon Dynamite, but I don’t think i’ve actually ever seen the original Disney version.  We’re currently trying to smash through the films on our list because we have a very important date (see what I did there) for the Little Mermaid coming up soon.

Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Alice books by Lewis Carroll. The 13th of Disney’s animated features, the film premiered in New York City and London on July 26, 1951. 

Walt Disney first attempted unsuccessfully to adapt Alice into an animated feature film during the 1930s. However, he finally revived the idea in the 1940s. The film was originally intended to be a live-action/animated film, however, Disney decided to make it an all-animated feature in 1946.” Thanks wiki!


Age of film: July 1951

Date Watched: 22nd April 2016


  • Picture Quality 
    • Lincoln – 7
      • Very decent as usual.

    • Sara – 8
      • It’s pretty good!
  • Durability
    • Lincoln – 6
      • The film doesn’t really have enough substance to age, so I can’t fault it in this department.

    • Sara – 6
      • I don’t think it’s very relatable, but I also don’t think that it’s supposed to be. I think it’s aged well though, it’s still whimsical and interesting.
  • Songs
    • Lincoln – 3
      • Nothing memorable really, and all the songs seemed to be pretty silly.

    • Sara – 5
      • The songs were okay, they definitely didn’t annoy me as much as ones from other films we’ve watched.
  • Modern Values
    • Lincoln – 4
      • Were there any? I don’t know what the point of the film was, other than showing us what crazy stuff a daydreaming kid can come up with

    • Sara – 8
      • I think that it was really great that it was a girl going out and getting it done on her own and that it wasn’t about her chasing after a boy.
  • Would We Show it to the Kids
    • Lincoln – 3
      • There’s no morals they’d learn from it, and the story is pointless and nonsensical, unless they were interested I wouldn’t bother

    • Sara – 5
      • They’d probably find it confusing but I think it would be appropriate for kids.
  • Flow/Length 
    • Lincoln – 5
      • Half the film was spent with Alice chasing a rabbit for literally no reason, just aimless wandering around, meeting weirdos, then they jammed in the Queen’s story, then “it was all a dream”.

    • Sara – 8
      • It really did get on with the storyline which I appreicated. There weren’t many moments where I was hoping that they would hurry up or that they were skimming over things.
  • Emotional Attachment
    • Lincoln – 3
      • Didn’t really care what happened to any of the characters, even the cards that got beheaded for planting the wrong roses, though if I had to pick, I felt for them the most.

    • Sara – 4
      • I didn’t feel for any of the characters at any point. Everyone in Wonderland is pretty awful and knowing that it’s a dream means that I never felt fear or anything for Alice because I know she’d be okay in the end.
  • Logic/Plot Holes 
    • Lincoln – 3
      • This film was frustrating. What was Alice hoping to achieve by chasing a talking white rabbit? Why was she not more alarmed by everything that was going on around her? Was this a normal dream for her? Did she know it was a dream?

    • Sara – 5
      • None of the movie makes any sense, so anything that could be considered a plot hole or ilogical can probably just come down to the fact that the story is all over the place.
  • General Enjoyment
    • Lincoln – 3
      • As you can probably tell, I didn’t really like this film. I don’t get the appeal. I’m all for fantastical nonsense (one of my favourite films is Labyrinth) but there needs to be a storyline, not just a drug-induced stream of consciousness.

    • Sara – 7
      • I enjoyed it but I prefer the live action versions that i’ve seen.
  • Would We Watch it Again
    • Lincoln – 1
      • Doubtful

    • Sara – 5
      • I wouldn’t not…If you know what I mean.
  • Final Comment
    • Lincoln –  I think I’ve said everything I wanted to say. Wonderland is obviously a really interesting place and a lot of thought has gone into its creation, but the story falls flat and doesn’t interest me at all. As I haven’t read Lewis Carroll’s novel, I don’t know if my beef is with him or Disney, but someone is slacking off.
    • Sara – I totally get why people are usually all for AIW or don’t like it at all. It’s a pretty silly storyline and it definitely has some weird drug related undertones to the whole thing. I feel bad that Alice has such insane dreams, it couldn’t be very restful, I don’t really know why she wasn’t more disturbed that she created all of this in her mind.


Favourite Character

  • Lincoln – Dinah the cat – should have had more of her, she was at least cute
  • Sara – Alice

Favourite Song

  • Lincoln – Didn’t have one
  • Sara – the Unbirthday song

Favourite Moment

  • Lincoln – The Alan Rickman caterpillar guy seemed to be as confused as I felt, so I appreciated that.
  • Sara – The tea party

Total Ranking By Lincoln –  38/100

Total Ranking By Sara –  60/100

For questions regarding the ranking system you can read my post on it here.


Bye for now!


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