Even though Disney’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland was released in 1951 – it seems to holds even more interest almost 70 years later! So many iconic characters from the Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter and Alice herself have their own cult following – and why shouldn’t they? This movie balances song, whimsey and absolute absurdity for all to enjoy. The influence of Alice has only grown with pop culture and new live-action releases. Interested in some facts about your favorite Disney classic? Check out the list below and see if you can discover why a raven is like a writing desk!
- Doorknob? What Doorknob?
- The Doorknob that Alice needs to get past is the only character mentioned in the films that was never in the original books!
- Imitation, the Maddest sort of Flattery
- The Comedian Ed Wynn is popular when it comes to the world of Disney, but did you know that he not only voiced the Mad Hatter, the design of our favorite milliner was based off him as well!
- The Attraction Influencer
- Alice in Wonderland’s influence is not only seen on page or screen! You can find many attractions based after this famous 1951 movie throughout the Disney Parks! The Mad Tea Party can be found at every park – aside from Shanghai Disneyland. Love to make your way out of an Alice-themed Maze? Check out Shanghai Disneyland and Disneyland Paris! Alice in Wonderland even has her own ride at Disneyland!
- Model, Voice, and Narrator
- Kathryn Beaumont did not only voice Alice, but she also modeled as her as well! There is even behind the scene footage where you can see Katheryn, who also voiced Wendy Darling in Peter Pan, acting out her scenes so writers could get a clear image of what these scenes looked like! You can even see her acting out in scenes with the doorknob that was created just for this movie!
- A TV Hit!
- Alice in Wonderland was the first Disney movie to be shown on television. The movie was played in 1954 – three years after release.
- Twins – or not?
- In the Alice in Wonderland novel, the only description of Tweedledum and Tweedledee is that they are… rotund. It is never mentioned if they are twins or not! The idea came from the novel’s artist, John Tenniel. Because of John Tenniel’s work, the twin idea has stuck around for many adaptions since!
- Walt’s Beginnings
- Alice in Wonderland was not a completely new idea in the world of Walt. At the beginning of his career when he was working to join animation and live-action, Walt released the Alice Comedies. In 1923, he even released a short called “Alice’s Wonderland”. These became a massive success and would help with financing when it came to the future of Disney.
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