Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Writers: Lewis Carroll (novels)
Winston Hibler (writer)
This Disney animated classic is based on the novels of Lewis Carroll. My mommy is a big fan of Lewis Carroll, so we have all the books. In "Alice in Wonderland," Alice is lazing about outside on a wonderful spring day with her kitten Dinah, and refusing to study or listen to her governess. Instead of doing as she is supposed to, she follows a talking white rabbit down his rabbit hole, and enters into the mysterious Wonderland. Alice now finds herself trapped, and attempts to find her way back to the real world that she knows, and of course, her wonderful kitten Dinah. (You will note that Dinah was wiser than Alice and did not fall down into the rabbit hole.)
Here Alice meets many interesting characters, such as the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. However, to a kitty these won't be the most interesting ones. Rather, the true STAR of the movie is not Alice, but rather the Cheshire Cat. The Cheshire Cat is an enigmatic kitty who gives clues to Alice in riddles, and can make bits and pieces of himself disappear at will. He is truly a clever and tricky kitty, and looks stunning in his purple stripes.
There are also several bun characters pivotal to the story. There is, of course, the White Rabbit, with his constant cry "I'm Late! I'm Late!"
And there is the March Hare, who spends all day celebrating his Unbirthday at a tea party thrown by his good friend the Mad Hatter.
Will Alice ever find her way home safely to Dinah? Only the Cheshire Cat knows!
I give this film two paws up and a LARGE TOOTHY GRIN.