And a Very Merry Unbirthday to you all! (unless it’s your birthday, then happy birthday!)
As you may have already guessed, this time I watched Alice in Wonderland. I have always loved this movie to the point where I even have a mug of it. I especially love the little bread and butterfly on the inside rim. And that it’s shaped like a teacup.
This time watching it, I noticed something I hadn’t really put together before. This movie never stops going. I mean never! It just jumps from one part to the next to the next with no downtime whatsoever. The pacing is just insane to me and watching it this time, I noticed how tired I was of trying to follow along with the whole thing. I always have had trouble ordering the movie (i.e. was the mad tea party before or after we smoked the monster out? and wasn’t that after the first meeting of the Cheshire cat or did we not know him yet?). But now I understand why, there is no connection between the parts. She just wanders around and meets people with no rhyme or reason.
This makes sense with the book, of course. But I will say that this movie lines up closer to “Through the Looking Glass” than it does to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” But even in those insane books there was a reason. In Through the Looking Glass, she is playing chess. She starts as a pawn, on the second square, and it trying to become a queen by getting to the eighth square. There is motivation and purpose and a little bit of order, as on each new square she meets a new character/set of characters. Here her only motivation is finding the white rabbit, which I won’t question for ease of discussion, and she is willing to talk to whomever it takes to find him.
Even though this movie is a bit of a headache, I do love it. The characters are memorable and inspiring. The songs are fun to sing and tell marvelous stories within them (The Walrus and the Carpenter is probably my favorite of the songs). Fun Fact! It contains the most songs of any Disney movie with 18 total making it into the film (over 30 were written).
As for the Disney Legacy, I think this movie was made to challenge Walt and his team. I think they got bored of making the same cute little stories and having a distinct beginning/middle/end. This movie allowed the team to flex their muscles. It gave them a chance to create something completely original while still following (roughly) the source material. It allowed them to experiment with characters and setting, scale, and color. You might think me wrong, but that’s exacatically why I have a comments section ;).
Don’t lose your shadow! The next episode is coming soon!