Funny how telling the film is. Disney's film certainly has tinges of darkness and counter-culture. There's the oysters scene and the oily, darkened landscapes, Alice in a tears in a dark forest, but there's also just so many obvious "scenes" that look as if they're supposed to be Disney shorts. These don't mesh with the overall look and occasionally druggy solipsism, creating a nullification of anything weird.
Insane. A Disney classic and one that seems like it would be difficult to pass off today (certainly with the opium smoking caterpillar). The Cheshire cat is incredible and the tea party is frighteningly funny.
While it's not the most satisfying of Lewis Carroll's Novel, so much of the film can't be translated beyond the written word, so judging one against the other is dumb and pointless. The result is a candy colored Dreamland, an Avant-Garde Fairy Tale that appeals to the intellect. With the most interesting Heroine Uncle Walt has ever given us. Pure Brilliance, the best of Walt's Post War efforts.
Probably there with Fantasia for most out of the mind Disney production. But not that inconsistent and overlong as Fantasia. So: my favorite Disney? Well, it didn't deliver the tears like Dumbo and Bambi...
Alice in Wonderland captures the whimsical, zany charm of the book. It doesn't boast a consistent and emotionally gripping narrative, nor should it have to. It's the personification of a childlike fanciful vision, mutable and readily amazed at all that's going on at the same time. All characters are likable and memorable and the visuals are pretty interesting. I do find it a bit uneven, but it's wonderfully wondrous.
One of the most trippy and whimsical movies that Disney has made and a gem of my childhood. While it could be said it's very episodic, the novel was clearly so. Slight debits: Missing parts from the book and the rushed nature of the ending.