Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Alice in Wonderland has become one of the most treasured family films of all time. Adapted from an 1865 series of children's novels by Lewis Carroll, the classic animated feature follows the misadventures of a daydreaming dame by the name of Alice who stumbles into a wacky world of make-believe. While the bewildered young girl attempts to find her way home, she meets an off the wall cast of characters including the neurotic, tardy White Rabbit, the shape-shifting Cheshire Cat and the screwy Mad Hatter who insists on feting his "un-birthday" three-hundred and sixty-four days a year.
Alice is the perfect animation history lesson for those wee whippersnappers who've grown up on computer-generated monsters and fish. Relying on thousands of hand-drawn pictures, Walt Disney and his crack team of professional animators brought the idiosyncratic world of Wonderland to life. Looking back on Disney's eccentric fable, one can appreciate the movie both as a form of entertainment and as a moving piece of art. The seventy-five minute epic will make for both an interesting time-capsule for grown-ups who have vivid memories of seeing the film as children and for those adults' offspring who just might be taking a trip to Wonderland for the first time in their lives.
Filled to the brim with metaphors which are still relevant in our day and age, the motion-picture is a delightful adventure which is certain to be just as eye-popping and ear-drum grabbing in another 60 years.
The special features section of this two disc extravaganza is a wonderland of its own. They include:
-Virtual Wonderland Party- An interactive, Barney-esque celebration which invites viewers to sing, dance and play games with the mad-hatter.
-Storyboards and song demos
-Television clips from The Fred Waring Show, The Alice Comedies and many others
-"Operation Wonderland", a making-of documentary
-Through the Keyhole: A Companion's Guide to Wonderland – View the movie in this special mode and discover references to the original Lewis Carroll classic – introduced by the voice of Alice, Kathryn Beaumont.
-Disney View – Watch the movie in this expanded viewing experience with new Disney art in the wings of the screen- Painting the Roses Red game – Help paint the roses red in the Queen's garden. Careful, or someone could lose their head
– Walt Disney color TV introduction (1959) – A never-before-seen color TV intro by Walt
– Reference Footage: Alice and the Doorknob – Kathryn Beaumont provides an introduction to this newly discovered reference footage of Alice talking to the doorknob
-Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks – Kathryn Beaumont introduces a newly discovered pencil test of Alice shrinking
– Reflections on Alice
-"I'm Odd" newly discovered Cheshire Cat song and intro
– Thru the Mirror Mickey Mouse animated short (now in hi-def)
-One-hour in Wonderland
– An Alice Comedy: Alice's Wonderland
– Original theatrical trailers (1951 & 1974)