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Alice in Wonderland (1985)

Alice is in Looking Glass Land, where she meets many Looking Glass creatures and attempts to avoid the Jabberwocky, a monster that appears due to her being afraid.

Director:

Harry Harris

Writers:

Lewis Carroll (novels), Paul Zindel (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Gregory ... Alice
Sheila Allen ... Mother
Sharee Gregory ... Sister
Red Buttons ... The White Rabbit
Sherman Hemsley ... Mouse
Donald O'Connor ... The Lory Bird
Charles Dougherty ... The Duck
Shelley Winters ... The Dodo Bird
Billy Braver ... The Eaglet
Scott Baio ... Pat (The Pig)
Ernie F. Orsatti ... Bill (The Lizard) (as Ernie Orsatti)
Sammy Davis Jr. ... The Caterpillar / Father William
Scotch Byerley Scotch Byerley ... Fish Footman
Robert Axelrod ... Frog Footman
Martha Raye ... The Duchess
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Storyline

Classic tale of a girl named Alice who follows a white rabbit down a hole into Wonderland, where she can change sizes by eating and drinking and animals talk. After escaping the disturbing Queen of Hearts, she finds that she has ended up on the other side of the looking glass in Looking Glass Land and that there is a mind-created Jabberwocky after her. With the advice of a wise owl and royal chess pieces on her mind, she ventures home, vowing to grow up in this two-part movie which remains most faithful to the original stories written by Lewis Carroll. Written by Anonymous

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alicia en el país de las maravillas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Checkerboard clearing was created on the right of the forest area, with backings rented from JC Backings, located on the MGM lot. Brown paper was taped to the bottoms of the landscape drops, painted to tie into the checkerboard main ground cover. The checkerboard pattern was planned in a false perspective grid pattern for the distant checkerboard ground rows to become smaller in scale. This allowed the painted checkerboard scale on the backings to become smaller, as well. The miniature train cars were built by an independent train hobby company, using the train car design provided by the art director Hub Braden. The full scale train compartment was located on the edge of the set for the scene to be filmed. The miniature train track was set up inside this main set filming separately. Upon looking at the exterior of the full scale compartment car, Irwin ordered the exterior to be finished. This had not been planned. Construction and paint finished the exterior prior to filming the scene. The windows and doorway in the compartment interior looked out onto the checkerboard landscape. See more »

Goofs

A portrait of Queen Victoria on the wall of Alice's house implies that the movie has an English setting just like the book, yet the family has American accents. See more »

Quotes

Alice: [reading] 'Twas brillig and the slithy toves. Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogroves, And the mome raths outgrabe. "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun the frumious Bandersnatch!"
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Alternate Versions

On the video edition of this miniseries, the first tape closes with a statement from Lewis Carroll's book and closing credits. Then when you slide the second part in, there is opening credits for that. When this miniseries is aired on television, the final statement from the book, the ending credits of part one and the opening credits of part two are all cut. See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Steve Allen
Performed by Ann Jillian
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One of my favorites growing up and still has a place in my video heart.
29 November 2002 | by Darth_Brett_1978See all my reviews

I was going through old Beta tapes from my childhood one day and was disappointed that I could not find this movie. I read other comments and some people said the same exact thing I did. My copy was either taped over or thrown out, a blessing in disguise. I was glad to see Warner has the rights and actually sells it on Amazon! I will admit that if you did not watch this movie when it first aired on CBS back in christmas of '85 that you might not like it nearly as much as I did and still do. I honestly still know the songs even though I have not seen it since probably the late eighties. I was 7 years old when this first aired and my mom taped it for me and my sister. I even remember there was an electrical storm that night in Los Angeles so my copy had interference from the lightning! Anyways, I would watch this tape all the time as a youngster. I think I watched it at least 25 times as a kid. I have not seen the 1999 version that aired on NBC, but I don't think that one would be quite as memorable as this one was. The cast were all well known celebrities, most of whom have either passed on or are no longer considered to be popular any longer. I give the story a 9. The visual design of the make up, costumes and sets gets a 10. The music gets an 8. And the acting and directing a 7. I give this movie an 8 overall. I am going to wait and see if Warner will release this on DVD. They did release another childhood favorite of mine last year, the Hobbit.


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