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Alice In Wonderland [DVD] [2000]

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  • Actors: Tina Majorino, Whoopi Goldberg, Robbie Coltrane, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lloyd
  • Directors: Nick Willing
  • Writers: Lewis Carroll, Peter Barnes
  • Producers: Chris Thompson, Dyson Lovell, Robert Halmi Jr., Robert Halmi Sr.
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov. 1999
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D02Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Star-studded adaptation of the Lewis Carroll fantasy. When she slips down a rabbit hole, young Alice (Tina Majorino) finds herself in the bizarre kingdom of Wonderland. After an encounter with the ever-grinning Cheshire Cat (Whoopi Goldberg), Alice accompanies the White Rabbit to the tea party of the Mad Hatter (Martin Short). Alice's body size is adversely affected after she partakes of some magic tea, but this is nothing compared to the trouble she gets into after a run-in with the vile Queen of Hearts (Miranda Richardson).

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This is an impressive-looking version of Lewis Carroll's story originally produced for American television. Dreading a singing recital at her parents' lavish home, Alice falls into a strange world in pursuit of a large White Rabbit. The talented child actor Tina Majorino (Corrina, Corrina) plays Alice with all the good graces but mostly wanders through the story unquestioningly. Carroll's tale of whimsical, illogical adventures is a field day for designers Roger Hall and Alan Tomkins, costumer Charles Knode, Jim Henson's Creature Shop and director Nick Willing (Photographing Fairies). Influenced by Time Bandits and Labyrinth (the latter also designed by the Henson company), the film has a splendid array of effects, many dealing with multiple perspectives as Alice constantly changes sizes. The highlight is Whoopi Goldberg as the Cheshire Cat, a seamless mix of cat and comic. Martin Short as the Hatter and Mirandra Richardson as the Queen of Hearts seem to be having the times of their lives. This is not the definitive version of Carroll's tale, and, like the popular Disney animated version, combines some elements of Carroll's sequel, Through the Looking Glass. It is perhaps better viewing for the fan that has seen another version of the tale or read the book. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Thanks to some excellent performances and wonderful Henson creatures this version of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" truly sparkles in places. The star-heavy cast is rarely a burden, as sometimes happens when signing a big name seems more important than choosing appropriate actors, and there are delightful scenes aplenty, even when the script departs from the original, which it unfortunately does all too often.

Thanks to a peculiar combination of cutting elements of Carroll's story and dialogue and inserting new material too much of this film has a disjointed and chaotic air about it that manages to be merely confusing rather than conveying the madness and dream-like nature of Wonderland. Some of the changes work well enough (the Gryphon becomes considerably more cultured than in the book thanks to a splendid bit of voice work by Donald Sinden, for example) and many of them make little real difference to the story, such as a jury consisting entirely of guinea pigs rather than an assortment of birds and animals. Others are less successful, particularly the beginning and end of the film where a wholly superfluous tale of Alice being afraid to sing in public and Wonderland giving her the confidence to do so has been tacked on, presumably to impart some sort of moral message.

Least satisfying of all is that this isn't actually a film of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" alone but also includes elements of "Through the Looking Glass", spliced rather gracelessly into the story. Two films, one for each book, would have been better, but under the circumstances the scenes with Tweedledum and Tweedledee (nicely played by the heavyweight pairing of George Wendt and Robbie Coltrane) are a much better fit than the encounter with Christopher Lloyd's White Knight.
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Having always been a great fan of this Lewis Carroll classic (it was my chosen text for English Literature A Level!!) I was intrigued to see how such a mixed bunch of British and American actors would portray the bizarre world that is Wonderland.
Whoopi Goldberg is superb as the Cheshire Cat - 10 out of 10 to casting for choosing the biggest grin on the big screen. Ben Kingsley makes a marvellous portrayal of the pompous Caterpillar as does Gene Wilder as the Mock Turtle. Other stars worthy of a mention are most certainly Martin Short whose Mad Hatter is just the right amount of cheeky yet lovable and last but not lease Miranda Richardson whose squawking Queen of Hearts is second only to the extremely ugly portrayal of the same character in Walt Disney's version.
Amongst this phenomonal list of stars was cast little known Tina Majorino in the lead part of confused Alice. This creates a perfect balance in that Tina still shines through as the star of the picture and interacts superbly with the huge star cast she has been dropped in the middle of.
This film is a must for children and the young-at-heart alike. Where children will enjoy the funny characters and the places which only ever appear in your dreams, I would advise adults to look deeper into the mind of the child and what is going on in there!!!
I would not be without this in my video collection and cannot wait for the film version of Alice Through the Looking Glass to appear in my xmas stocking.
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The acting and visual effects in this adaptation are second to none in my opinion. Just check out the actors involved. Impressive! The perfomance by the young Tina Majorino is nothing short of excellent, and I can't imagine anyone improving on Martin Short's Mad Hatter. It is wonderful treat to find films that can be shared with enjoyment by both children and adults. This is a film that achieves this - the difficult art of mixing "adult" an "naïve" qualities. It is only too rare to find these days. In short an excellent film!
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Throughout the years many versions of Lewis Carroll’s classic masterwork have been transcribed to film but pretty much all of the adaptations seriously fall short of what the allegories in the story are all about – be it Alice floundering helplessly as she floats down the one-way rabbit hole of life; her being ensnared in a bland clinical environment and trying doors to escape – only to discover that the paths that she (as a female) wishes to take are sealed by locked doors that bar her from entry; drowning in her own sorrows as she shrinks within herself but having the fortitude to swim out of the mess she finds herself in – only to be confronted by a bunch of sly deceitful confidence tricksters who trick Alice out of her wealth (her sweeties) before she meets a bombastic rabbit who is always in a rush and flurry and has Alice at his beck and call (fetch me my gloves Alice) until she reaches a state when she finds the walls of his house are closing in all around her while the rabbit throws rocks at Alice and orders others to go in and sort it out.

On the way we meet the wise caterpillar who instructs Alice to be more alert to what is going on around her, and the fish footman who advises Alice to ‘look before you leap’ (Alice: ‘How do I get into the house?’ Footman: ‘The question you should be asking is why do you want to go in there in the first place’) when Alice wishes to enter the house of a Duchess to seek directions – only to discover it is a hovel filled with people on drugs (the pepper) having a horrendous argument over trivia whilst trashing everything that is useful (the crockery) and abusing the child who must be ‘beaten when he sneezes because he only does it to annoy’ (Jim Henderson, the creator of ‘The Muppets’ does the pig muppet).
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