Every kid knows her. Alice, the English girl who is bored stiff by her daily lessons and dreams of a world different from her rule-filled own. There is something about the twisted, crazy world of Lewis Carroll’s eccentric books that appeals so much to literary and film fans the world over. There are so many versions of Alice falling down the rabbit hole that it’s easy to lose count. But as with many Disney versions of great literary classics, Disney either stands out or defines how future adaptations are portrayed.
Despite their narrative complexity, Walt Disney was interested in adapting Carroll’s stories early on, but had to overcome several hurdles until he was able to begin with the production. Rewritten and re-imagined several times, the film finally premiered on July 26, 1951 and met with a lukewarm response. Although not slated by critics at the time, the animated feature did not attract a loyal audience. Cut down to 75 short minutes, Disney’s version was incomplete and deemed Americanized by fans of the original stories. Despite its imaginative artwork and catchy tunes, the film was not popular until its re-release in 1974, when a new generation appreciated Alice In Wonderland for its eccentric (or arguably psychedelic) content.
Now considered a children’s classic, Carroll’s books and Disney’s adaptation have influenced and shaped the imagination and childhood of many kids around the world. So, how much does the Disney landmark film resemble its source material? Well, on the road from page to screen, a few things got changed, and the folks over at CineFix decided to walk you through every alteration.
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