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19 May 2018 | by Jenny

#003 // Alice in Wonderland



‘If I had a world of my own everything would be nonsense’

Alice in Wonderland was my favorite movie in high school. For my 16th birthday my mom got me the DVD of Disney’s 1951 version of Alice of Alice in Wonderland and the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Pop-Up Edition book. (And Bob Marley Legends)

The film is based on the Alice books by Lewis Carroll.

A brief production history


Other than the illustrations, the music is really what brings the film alive. In an effort to retain some of Carroll’s imaginative verses and poems, Disney commissioned top songwriters to compose songs built around them for use in the film. A record number of potential songs were written for the film, based on Carroll’s verses—over 30—and many of them found a way into the film, if only for a few brief moments. Alice in Wonderland would boast the greatest number of songs included in any Disney film.


Originally Alice in Wonderland was not received well, and Walt Disney tried to avoid responsibility for it by claiming he’d never wanted to make it.

It gained popularity in the 1970’s due to the “drug” culture fandom at the time, it was re-released in 1974, and then again in 1981. By the 1980’s the initial consensus proved to be outdated. One of the biggest cult classics in the animation medium, the film gained critical praise and became one of the most popular Disney films of all time, as well as one of the most commercially successful Disney films (ironically considering it’s initial disappointment). Today, it is not only universally considered the best film adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novel but one of Disney’s greatest classics.

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