The other day I was reading a post by Rivu called Congratulations Disney, You Failed. I hated to agree with him just on the front of going against something Disney, but I must.
Disney produced the story of Alice in Wonderland in 1951 and it was both a success and not such a success at the same time. In the short scheme of things, it was utter “epic fail” as some people would say, but in the long run it managed to maintain the status of a “Disney Classic.”
Based on the reactions and criticisms of the Disney production, it’s puzzling as to why it became so popular and well-known.
When Alice first came out on th big screen it was not taken well by many British critics. They said that Disney “Americanized” Alice too much that it took away from Carroll’s original text. A good point that Rivu brought up was that the movie did not really appeal to all audiences, while the book was able to appeal to all ages. Carroll wrote the story of Alice for the little Alice Liddell and her sister, but he was able to insert many details that make this story enjoyable for adults as well as a children’s story.
One aspect that made Alice a little more popular was the fact that Alice had the most songs out of any Disney movie. The Alice Soundtrack is composed of catchy tunes such as “The Unbirthday Song” and other songs that end up stuck in your head for the next week. In most movies, one of the most prominent aspects is the music. The soundtrack and how it fits with the storyline partly determines our thoughts of the movie, whether we really listened to the music or not.