Highlights: The series of nonsensical adventures that Alice goes through are cute and captivating. There is a lot of silliness going on here, making it a pretty funny movie.
Low points: Well, this was a highlight too, but the movie is just silly. There’s no real consistent plot to it, and sometimes it just gets a little too ridiculous for me. The nonsense goes on for a little too long – I prefer a little more plot in my movies, or at least memorable songs.
Music: There are a lot of songs in this movie, but most of them are super short or else just not that interesting. But with so many mini songs that are so well known, I’m quite surprised that nothing from Alice in Wonderland appears on my set of Disney’s Greatest Hits CDs. You have “The Unbirthday Song,” “I’m Late,” which are the most memorable, but you also have Alice singing “In a World of My Own,” “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” and the flowers singing “All in a Golden Afternoon.” Lots of different songs throughout the whole movie – basically every time Alice goes somewhere else or meets someone else, they sing a song.
Villain rating: For the majority of the movie Alice does not have a particular villain, just certain obstacles that get in her way. Then we are introduced to the Queen of Hearts, a tyrant who enjoys chopping people’s heads off. She’s certainly a frightening figure, and if she was there throughout the movie she could be pretty high up on the villain list… but she doesn’t even get mentioned until the last half hour of the movie.
Fun fact: One of the neat things about this movie is that almost all of the voices are recognizable from other Disney films. For instance, Alice is the same voice as Wendy from Peter Pan, the Queen of Hearts is the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and one of the fairies in Sleeping Beauty, the Cheshire Cat is Kaa in The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh, the White Rabbit is Smee from Peter Pan, etc. There are actually a bunch more, it’s pretty cool.
Where in the World: The infamous “Mad Tea Party” tea cup ride in Fantasyland is themed after the mad tea party in Alice in Wonderland. There are also plenty of characters walking around, including Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and others. They also pop up in a number of the parades and shows.
My rating: 6.5 out of 10. One of the few Disney movies that didn’t go up in my opinion of it after a re-watching. It’s just not really my type.