Alice In Wonderland [DVD] 
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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).
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 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.Read more ›
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.
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived fast and in great condition. Amazing movie. Never gets old :-)Published 2 months ago by James
One of my favorite movies as a child and glad I could re-purchase it on DVD. Much more like the book and in love with anything Alice in Wonderland.Published 3 months ago by Faye
Postage was on time and all fine but went to watch the film and missed a lot of it as the dvd kept crashing and wouldn't work dissapointed not to see the endingPublished 5 months ago by laura peck
It's not the edition shown in the picture. Be careful. I paid for the special edition but I received the standard one instead.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of many version's of Louis Caroll's book & I think this is a closer approximation than some of the other versions. Read morePublished 8 months ago by barry whalley
Saw this dubbed in French last summer on holiday in France , I was amazed at the cast and the quality of the sets , I think this is the best film of this book , got this for the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Freelancer