In class, Mr Long told us that his son, Beckett, loves to watch the show iCarly. Mr Long thought it was strange because his son is only three-and a half years old. The show iCarly is meant for middle school or high school age kids. It is funny that Beckett loves iCarly even though he does not really understand it. Beckett probably does not get the story of the show or the technology and dialog in it.
That made me wonder. What is it that attracts kids to the story of Alice?
Most popular childrens’ stories are fairy tales. A fairy Godmother who helps a young girl get to the ball. A prince who has to fight off a dragon to rescue the princess. It is all of these things that generally draw in children.
What does the movie Alice in Wonderland have?
It doesn’t have a prince. There isn’t a princess in need. No “and they lived happily ever after.” So what is it? Is it that the children relate to Alice’s innocence? Generally people like things that they can relate to, like music. My other guess is that kids are attracted to the “silly” characters in the story. A talking, smiling cat. Tweedledum and Tweedledee. A talking Queen of Hearts card. The movie makes these characters seem so fun. When really, they aren’t.
In the book, the characters seem to be opposite of that. The Queen orders gardeners to be beheaded. That does not seem like a character in a children’s story to me.
But, when you make a movie, you can change anything to make it appeal to any audience. It seems pretty manipulative.
What do you think?