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on 20 April 2014
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).

As a terrified Alice dashes out of the hovel with the baby in an attempt to rescue it to prevent the baby from further harm, the baby transforms into a pig and Alice then meets the wise old Cheshire Cat (beautifully portrayed by Whoopie Goldberg) who enquires: ‘What happened to the baby?’ Alice informs the cat that ‘the baby turned into a pig’ and the cat replies ‘I THOUGHT it might’ – informing us that the baby grew up to be a pig because of NEGLECFUL NURTURING.

When Alice asks the cat for directions, the Cheshire cat asks Alice which direction she wishes to go. When Alice says that she isn’t really bothered the cat replies: ‘Then it doesn’t matter which direction you take’ – informing Alice that SHE has choices in life – and not to aimlessly go through life without any goal or purpose because one will end up floundering and in a mess (called ‘blocking your own road’).

On the way Alice enters the Gentleman’s club where she encounters the mad hatter seriously bullying the dormouse, and the March hare always siding with hatter – where in their cruel attempt to be rid of Alice because women are not welcome by asking her riddles that do not have an answer to make Alice feel foolish (Why is a raven like a writing desk?), Alice learns about how people can twist things around to bring things to their own advantage.

And so the film goes on – accurately depicting each and every lesson that Lewis Carroll has masterfully hidden in his masterwork for the astute child (adult?) to see and learn from for themselves.

The film has a stellar cast (including Ken Dodd) who unfold the curious adventure and deliver messages hidden in plain sight in a fabulously delightful way that makes the film compelling viewing over and over again – always supplemented with LOTS of discussions with children and adults – both during and afterwards - on what is REALLY taking place and what lessons are to be learned from Alice’s adventure in ‘Wonderland’.

Be warned! Once you watch the film you will find the contents to be curiouser and curiouser – and you will be tempted to watch it again and again.

There isn’t a better version of this wonderful story - a story filled with all of the many lessons of life we wish we could have learnt when we were young.

Well now you and your children CAN! And some!
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on 23 November 2015
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 family at Christmas , cannot wait to see it again !!
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on 31 August 2017
I loved this brilliant version of the film.
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on 8 June 2014
There are plenty of film versions of Alice, but this is the best I have seen. Just being able to have Ken Dodd in the same cast as Whoopi Goldberg is a delight. The actors, and there are plenty of star names, do just enough and not too much with their scenes, and the director weaves the disparate episodes into a story with flow and pace, and good nonsense.
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on 22 August 2017
Great version of a wonderful story
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on 16 July 2013
i love this dvd of Alice in wonderland us-to watch this as a kid., so taught id buy it as i haven't seen in in over 8 years and glad i did well worth buying for price
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on 25 January 2016
It's not the edition shown in the picture. Be careful. I paid for the special edition but I received the standard one instead.
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on 12 August 2013
This is a great modern retelling of a fantastic old story with excelent parts played by notable holywood sctors.
This is a DVD that is worth purchasing.
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on 14 December 2008
I wasn't sure about this but took a chance and this is now my fave version of Alice. So well acted by everyone involved. A good pace, interesting sets. My fave is Gene Wilder singing Turtle Soup. Lovely for kids and adults.
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on 4 January 2012
My son took a shine to this when it was on the telly so when i noticed it cheap on here i ordered it.i haven't been let down.he loves it despite it being weird. but then again alice in wonderland is weird so.....
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