Classic Review: Alice in Wonderland (1951)


Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Family

Plot: A young girl named Alice finds herself lost in Wonderland. How will she ever get back?

IMDb: 7.4 of 102,000+

Rotten Tomatoes: 79% of critics 6.4/10 and 78% of general audiences.

What I Didn’t Like:

The songs in this film are forgettable. Nothing to do with the voices, they are smooth and melodic, but I couldn’t care less about the lyrics.

I don’t like Alice all that much. Her voice gets on my nerves. She is so dainty. I suppose that is the point (she isn’t exactly Wonder Woman). She is young and naive to a frustrating point.

The direction is messy and while I don’t reduce anything for not being true to Carroll’s version, some gentle guidance could have assisted the film in spots.Too often it meanders off course

Once you get to the main conflict, it gets resolved quite quickly. I suppose you could argue that the conflict is Alice vs society of Wonderland.

What I Liked:

Wonderland is absolutely brilliant. The settings are imaginative, the characters colorful both is appearance and in personality. Their is a touch of satire and social commentary between genders and class structure.

Yes, it is still  a drug induced fever dream. Twisted imagery and suggestive language and actions to say the least. It’s one crazy animated scene after another with these fascinating creatures.

I must admit I love the Chesire Cat in this film. He always winds up being my favorite in any version, but his semi-philosophical rants, limericks, and lunacy are special.


Alice in Wonderland may struggle with direction and its main protagonist, but Wonderland is an incredible adventure to witness. Amazing secondary characters and quality animation make this film worthy of your time.





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