Alice in Wonderland (1951)

USA, 1951
75m
35mm film, “color by Technicolor”, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American animated fantasy film directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wilfred Jackson.

Plot Summary

When Alice follows a white rabbit down a hole, she finds herself in Wonderland, a bizarre world full of talking animals and other oddballs, all ruled over by a psychotic Queen of Hearts.

Credits

Crew
Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson
Copyright MCMLI [1951] Walt Disney Productions
Walt Disney presents a Walt Disney production
Distributed by: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Production Supervision: Ben Sharpsteen
Story: Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, Bill Cottrell, Dick Kelsey, Joe Grant, Dick Heumer, Del Connell, Tom Oreb, John Walbridge
An adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Directing Animators: Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Frank Thomas, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Ollie Johnston, Wolfgang Reitherman, Marc Davis, Les Clark, Norm Ferguson
Character Animators: Hal King, Don Lusk, Judge Whitaker, Cliff Nordberg, Hal Ambro, Harvey Toombs, Bill Justice, Fred Moore, Phil Duncan, Marvin Woodward, Bob Carlson, Hugh Fraser, Charles Nichols
Effects Animators: Josh Meador, George Rowley, Dan MacManus, Blaine Gibson
Film Editor: Lloyd Richardson
Musical Score by: Oliver Wallace
Sound Director: C.O. Slyfield
Special Processes: Ub Iwerks

Voices
Ed Wynn (Mad Hatter)
Richard Haydn (Caterpillar)
Sterling Holloway (Cheshire Cat)
Jerry Colonna (March Hare)
Verna Felton (Queen of Hearts)
Pat O’Malley (Walrus-Carpenter, Dee and Dum)
Bill Thompson (White Rabbit and Dodo)
Heather Angel (Alice’s sister)
Kathryn Beaumont (Alice)
Joseph Kearns (Doorknob)
Larry Grey (Bill)
Queenie Leonard (bird in the tree)
Dink Trout (King of Hearts)
Doris Lloyd (the rose)
James MacDonald (Dormouse)
The Mellomen [Don Barclay, Bill Lee, Thurl Ravenscroft, Max Smith, Bob Stevens ] (card painters)
Don Barclay
Pinto Colvig [flamingoes – uncredited]
Stan Freberg *

Alternative Titles

Alice im Wunderland – German title
Alicia en el país de las maravillas – Argentinian/Peruvian/Spanish title
Liisa ihmemaassa – Finnish title
Alice aux pays des merveilles – French Belgian/French title
Alice nel paese delle meraviglie – Italian title
Alicja w krainie czarów – Polish title
Alice no País das Maravilhas – Brazilian title
Alice i Underlandet – Swedish title

Extracts included in
Flubber (1997)
The Walt Disney Story (1973)
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001)

References

Periodicals

  • Animator no.18 (January – March 1987) pp.14-15 – illustrated article (David Hall’s Wonderland by Robin Allan)
  • Film Making December 1972 pp.22-25 – illustrated article (Live Action versus Cartoon Techniques by Del Ross)
  • Films in Review vol.2 no.5 (May 1951) p.7 – illustrated article (How I Cartooned ‘Alice’: Its Logical Nonsense Needed a Logical Sequence by Walt Disney)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.18 no.211 (August 1951) p.306 – credits, synopsis, review (by G.L.)
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.184 no.1 (7 July 1951) p.921 – review (by Fred Hift)
  • Screen International no.123 (28 January 1978) pp.14; 31 – illustrated note (The right film gets them flocking back); illustrated preview
  • Sight & Sound vol.54 no.2 (Spring 1985) pp.136-138 – illustrated article
  • Starburst no.65 p.20 – review
  • Today’s Cinema vol.77 no.6301 (25 July 1951) p.10 – review (by C.A.W.)
  • TV Times 19 December 1987-1 January 1988 pp.12, 78 – review, credits
  • Variety 4 July 1951 – review (by Brog)

Books

  • The A-Z of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films by Howard Maxford p.13 – credits, review
  • Elliot’s Guide to Films on Video (4th edition) by John Elliot p.13 – credits; UK video availability
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.9-12 illustrated credits, review (by J.C.T. [John C. Tibbetts])
  • The Encyclopedia of Animated Films p.142 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.9 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes: An Illustrated Filmography, with Plot Synopses and Critical Commentary by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.22 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Wonderful World of Disney Television p.8 – US TV broadcast data