Alice In Wonderland: The Masterpiece Edition

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway, Verna Felton, J. Pat O’Malley, Bill Thompson, Joseph Kearns, Dink Trout, James MacDonald
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Directed By: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Studio: Walt Disney
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I remember seeing Alice In Wonderland at some point of my childhood but honestly, I don’t remember more than the Mad Tea Party or the Cheshire Cat. I probably saw those scenes while watching Mickey Mouse cartoons as a kid on the Disney Channel, and they would play scenes from movies between cartoon shorts. But now the movie has been remastered on DVD and it looks awesome!

For some of you who don’t know what Alice In Wonderland is about; It’s about a young girl named Alice who doesn’t want to live in a world of reality and just daydreams a lot. She wants everything to be colorful, wacky and unusual. Well she gets just that and tumbles her way into Wonderland after following a white rabbit down a hole. She encounters strange characters like Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, Mad Hatter, Talking doorknobs & flowers, a Cheshire Cat, Smoking Caterpillar and head chopping Queen of Hearts.

After seeing this movie, I definitely don’t remember all of these scenes in the movie. I can also see why my parents never showed me this movie when I was younger because either I would have been scared or would have been to weird for me. This movie is like really far out acid trip haha. I think if Dal made a Disney movie, it would have been this one haha. A lot of stuff just doesn’t make sense and it’s flat out weird. Since this is a remastered version, the picture and audio are excellent! My mom was watching the movie with me and she couldn’t believe the quality and said it never looked this great before. The colors are more vibrant, and the soundtrack is cleaned up. I didn’t really catch any flaws in the picture. It’s sad this is in full screen but I’m not sure if they had widescreen back then for cartoons.

There was a lot of awesome voice over talent for this picture like Sterling Holloway, J Pat O’Malley, and Bill Thompson. Kathryn Beaumont’s voice in Alice Wonderland is beautiful and I couldn’t believe she was a little girl when doing the movie because her voice doesn’t sound like a kid’s. She also did Wendy’s voice in Peter Pan two years later. I grew up listening to Holloway and Thompson’s voices in cartoons. Man, they were great. The movie has a lot of songs but I don’t think they are as good or classic as other early Disney movies. I just loved this old Disney animation style and it’s kind of upsetting to see this style of animation slowly dying because of CGI.

Now for the extras, there’s 2 disc full of stuff. There’s an original hour long special with Walt Disney and the cast of the movie hosting the special, and showing classic Disney shorts. A lot of the featurettes that were from the 50’s weren’t really cleaned up so the quality is old. There’s a bunch of sing-alongs to the songs, and some songs that have been found in the vault like Cheshire Cat’s song called “I’m Odd.” Included on this 2 Disc set is the original animated short “Thru the Mirror” with Mickey Mouse. I thought that was a great idea to put that on this DVD since both the short and movie are waaayyy out there. There’s a terrific art gallery to browse through for you animation lovers out there. There was 2 deleted scenes, and Kathryn Beaumont was introducing them and talking about those scenes. There’s an old behind the scenes featurette with Walt Disney called “Operation Wonderland”and they show you how the cartoon was made. I always like watching how cartoons are made. It just fascinates me. I never knew that they acted out a lot of those scenes, and the animators used those scenes as reference. I guess that’s why the animation looks so lifelike sometimes.

Alice In Wonderland isn’t one of my favorite Disney movies but it certainly was done very well, and this Masterpiece Edition should be in every Disney/Animation collector’s DVD collection.

Features:
– Newly Discovered Cheshire Cat Song “I’m Odd”
– Virtual Wonderland Party
– Adventures in Wonderland Setn-Top Game
– “The Unbirthday Song” And “All in The Golden Afternoon” Sing Along Songs
– Original Mickey Mouse Animated Short Thru the Mirror
– Walt Disney TV Introductions
– Deleted Materials including song demos and storyboard concepts
– Operation Wonderland Featurette
– Original Theatrical Songs n- Art Galleries

Audio:
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Video:
Standard 1.33:1 Color

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Favorite Scenes: The Cheshire Cat scenes, The Mad Tea Party, Game of Croquet
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Running Time: 75 minutes
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