Title: Alice In Wonderland
Writer: Lewis Carroll (based off of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’)
Producer: Walt Disney
Actors: Kathryn Beaumont (Voice of Alice), Ed Wynn (Voice of Mad Hatter), Sterling Holloway (Voice of Cheshire Cat).
Story: Alice in Wonderland is a film about a young girl who was passing time by listening to a story read by her sister, and she slips into a deep sleep and discovers another world, wonderland. Alice comes across many new faces throughout her adventures, but each character that she meets has a different story and a different perspective on life. Alice discovers her true self in the ending of her adventure and learns to stand up for what she believes in, but also takes advice from the interesting things that she has encountered.
Plot: The story begins in a large meadow set in the 1800’s, and there is Alice not paying attention to her sister reading a book about kings and queens in history. Alice starts to daydream about a world that she says is full of nonsense, she begins to sing to her cat about how her world would be. Alice then spots something she has never seen before, a white rabbit dressed up in coattails and carrying a large pocket watch, she wants to know where he is going but he has no time to waste as he declares many times that he is late. Alice then falls into the rabbit hole that the rabbit went into, and says farewell to her cat for now. Going through the rabbit hole, Alice floats and falls into objects such as chairs and a grandfather clock, until landing hard on the ground next to a glass table with items that says “Eat Me” and “Drink Me”. She is curious and she eats the treat and grows so huge that she can barely move, she spots a door that would lead her out but she is too big to get through the door, so she drinks the other object in which she then shrinks. When she realizes that she left the door key on the glass table to get through the door, she begins to cry and she eventually floats out of the keyhole of the door. She then runs into characters, TweedleDee and TweedleDum, who tell her the story of the Walrus. This is a story that she learns that not everything is what it seems, and to never trust anyone too closely.
Alice then sees the white rabbit again going into a home, and once again she eats the object that says “Eat Me” and she grows so large that her arms and legs are coming out of the house. She eventually finds something else that will make her shrink and she eats it just until she is the right size of everyone else in Wonderland.
Alice discovers the talking flowers that do not like her because she is not a flower, even though she claimed to be, she is pushed out of the flower garden and onto the talking Caterpillar who keeps asking who she is; but he is not getting the response he wants from her. Alice gets more upset in return because nobody will tell her how to get out of wonderland and back home.
Alice meets the Cheshire Cat in the crossroads of Wonderland, and she does not know which way to go, and the cat tells her which way the rabbit went but confuses her on who she should talk to so she can find a way out of Wonderland, he suggests the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. The clip below is the moment where Alice meets the Cheshire Cat.
When Alice finds the way to the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, they are celebrating UnBirthday’s, and are just plain mad.
After this mad encounter, Alice sees the white rabbit again and follows him into the Queen of Hearts courtyard, where there is a deck of playing cards that have come alive and are painting the white roses red, because the queen only likes red roses. They are caught by the Red Queen, and are taken into the court of the Red Queen,and her very soft spoken King who is the judge, The court was very biased, and every witness somehow was on the Queen’s side after they all testified they did not know who Alice was and that she was running a muck in Wonderland. Alice decides to make her escape to the door where she first entered, as it appears randomly, and she then wakes up and is back where she was with her sister and cat, and they decide it was enough reading for the day and go have afternoon tea.
Chronology: This film was presented in chronological order, and it definitely made a difference on how each stories characters played out because of the ways that Alice went in her time in Wonderland. Now if it was presented in non-linearly form, I do not think it would have been too much different because Alice was meeting different characters along the way in no particular order, but made sense to the beginning and ending of the plot.
In this movie character development played a large role in the storytelling. Alice grew as a character from start to finish because she was learning more and more about people, and how they react to things they are not used to. This helped Alice gain confidence in herself, and confidence in her thoughts about what is right and what is wrong. This story really makes you think about the people you meet and the impact that they can have on your life and the reason why you might change your outlook on things as you go through the future.
freedogshampoo. (2007, April 15). (Original 1951) Alice In Wonderland Trailer. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLIqErnQCuw
M. (2007, December 2). Alice in Wonderland-Cheshire Cat. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUnqbBgYZmI
Writer and Producer retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland_%281951_film%29