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Alice in Wonderland (1949)

Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Family | 26 July 1951 (USA)
This exceptional theatrical version of Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic features a combination of live characters and stop motion animation.

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Dallas Bower

Writers:

Lewis Carroll (novel), Henry Myers (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephen Murray ... Lewis Carroll / The Knave of Hearts (voice)
Ernest Milton ... The Vice Chancellor / The White Rabbit (voice)
Pamela Brown ... The Queen of Hearts (voice)
Felix Aylmer ... Dr. Liddel / The Cheshire Cat (voice)
David Reed David Reed ... The Prince Consort / The King of Hearts (voice)
Joyce Grenfell ... Ugly Duchess / Dormouse
Carol Marsh Carol Marsh ... Alice
Jack Train Jack Train ... Puppet Character (voice)
Peter Bull ... Puppet Character (voice)
Ivan Staff Ivan Staff ... Puppet Character (voice)
Claude Hulbert ... Puppet Character (voice)
Raymond Bussières ... The Tailor / The Mad Hatter (voice)
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This exceptional theatrical version of Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic features a combination of live characters and stop motion animation.

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice au pays des merveilles See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Carol Marsh who was aged 23 at the time, dyed her hair platinum for the role of Alice. See more »

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In the end credits Joyce Grenfell is listed as 'Joyce Gronfell'. See more »

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Version of Alice at the Palace (1982) See more »

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scary puppets, sickly songs
7 March 2010 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This version of 'Alice in Wonderland' (a co-production between the UK and France) suffered from being released around the same time as the Disney cartoon with little advertising; and through being suppressed from release in the UK due to the portrayal of Queen Victoria in the early pre-fantasy scenes.

It was also filmed in Ansocolor, a process which has not travelled well if the print in the archives is anything to go by. Carol Marsh is an OK Alice, but looks older than she should be - the puppets are mainly hideous and would be frightening to children (especially the Mock Turtle, the Duchess, and the Mouse Alice encounters in the lake of tears). I did like the footmen-fish however and the combination of live action with puppet work, if a bit creaky, does have charm.

At the start of the film, we meet the dons of Oxford and the Queen (the Vice-Chancellor then becomes the White Rabbit, the Queen is the Queen of Hearts, with the same actors providing the voices). The switch into the 'Wonderland' story proper comes with a boat trip in which the stuttering Dodgson entertains the Liddel girls to compensate from them missing the visit of the Queen to Oxford.

There is much to enjoy in this film - the score is good, if a little saccharine, the puppets are memorable (although one or two, especially the Caterpillar, compare unfavourably with their Disney counterparts), and the story still has charm. There is also enough humour to entertain adult audiences while the main story enthrals their children. Recommended, if hard to track down these days.


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