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100 Facts About Alice in Wonderland

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This weeks theme is, from what I have seen across the Disney communities, is of one of the most popular Disney animated movies ever. I have so many friends who have this movie as their favourite. Some of my favourite rides in Disneyland Paris are themed to Alice in Wonderland. One of my all time favourite character meets was with characters from this movie. It holds a special place in a lot of peoples hearts and I can fully and wholeheartedly understand why!

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  1. Alice in Wonderland is the thirteenth animated feature film produced by Walt Disney.
  2. The film originally premiered in London on July 28th
  3. It is based on the novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
  4. Kathryn Beaumont provides the voice of Alice.
  5. Ed Wynn provides the voice of the Mad Hatter.
  6. He was the first major celebrity to voice a role in a Disney animated feature.
  7. This film was made under the supervision of Walt himself.
  8. Although, he was not keen on the outcome of the movie.
  9. It is often regarded as some of the finest work in Disney studio history.
  10. It gained popularity in the 1970s due to the drug culture fandom that was happening at the time.
  11. Alice in Wonderland was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score
  12. There are many characters from the books that do not appear in this adaption.
  13. There were 30 songs that were demo recorded but cut from the film.
  14. These can be seen being discussed in the I’m Odd documentary on the special edition DVD release from 2004.
  15. In the opening credits, Lewis Carroll’s name is incorrectly spelled as Carrol.
  16. When the head flower says ‘Sound you’re a, Lily’, a B-flat is actually heard.
  17. Alice in Wonderland was the first movie to credit the voice actor on screen alongside their characters’ name.
  18. In ‘the Walrus and the Carpenter’ scene, the R in the world March on the mother oysters calendar flashes which alludes to the idea that you should only eat oysters in months with R in their name.
  19. Months without an R are summer months and oysters would go bad quicker due to the heat.
  20. The fish watching the walrus that lures the oysters away look exactly the same as the fish that watch Pinocchio search for Monstro.
  21. Alice in Wonderland features more individual songs than any other Disney film.
  22. Fourteen original songs are included in the film.
  23. The films running time is 75 minutes.
  24. When the King of Hearts is introduced by the White Rabbit, a high-pitched cheer can be heard which many believe to be Mickey Mouse
  25. The numbers on the White Rabbits pocket watch change from regular numbers to roman numerals just before the March Hare breaks it.
  26. After the March Hare does this, the scene goes to black and white for a few seconds.
  27. Disney animators made it fade in as if to look deliberate.
  28. Verna Kay provides the voice of The Queen of Hearts.
  29. When the Caterpillar says ‘Keep your temper’ he is painted wrong; he is meant to be blue with a light blue belly but in that moment, he has a blue belly and light blue left side.
  30. The blue bird seen at the beginning of the film is from Bambi,
  31. The fanfare played after the song ‘Painting the Roses Red’ is the same one used in Dumbo.
  32. The flamingo used in Fantasia 2000 resembles the flamingo used by the Queen of Hearts.
  33. The book appears in the beginning of Pinocchio
  34. This is the fourth Disney animated classic to have the 2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo at the end of the movie.
  35. Sterling Holloway provides the voice of the Cheshire Cat.
  36. The theme song for the movie has become a jazz standard.
  37. Walt first attempted to adapt Alice into an animated feature during the 1930s but was unsuccessful.
  38. He revived the idea in the 1940s.
  39. Alice in Wonderland has become a cult classic in the animation medium.
  40. In 1923, Walt made a Laugh-O-Gram titled Alice’s Wonderland which was never publicly released due to company bankruptcy.
  41. Disney partnered with his brother Roy and began animating the Alice Comedies with help from Kansas co-workers.
  42. The series began in 1924 and was retired in 1927.
  43. In 1936, Walt made a Mickey Mouse cartoon called Thru the Mirror, based on the Alice novels.
  44. In 1938, Walt had Al Perkins and art director David S. Hall develop a story and concept art for a Alice in Wonderland movie.
  45. A completed story reel was shown to Walt in 1939 but he felt the story was too dark and the illustrations were not individual enough and so shelved production.
  46. Shortly after WWII ended, British author Aldous Huxley re-wrote the script, however Walt felt it was too much like Carrolls book.
  47. Mary Blair submitted some concept art and Walt liked them enough to completely change the concept of the movie.
  48. The script was then re-written again but this time to focus more on comedy, music and whimsy.
  49. Upon release of the movie, Walt was criticized for Americanizing a great work of English literature.
  50. Alice in Wonderland earned an estimated $2.4million at the US box office in 1951.
  51. Alice in Wonderland cos $3million to make.
  52. There are three credited directors on Alice in Wonderland.
  53. There are also 13 credited writes and 750 artists.
  54. It took 800 gallons of paint, 1000 watercolour hues and 350,000 drawings and paintings.
  55. Ward Kimball blamed the failure of the movie on the number of competing creators.
  56. Walt complained that the films heroine lacked warmth.
  57. The film earned only one Academy Award nomination for Best Score.
  58. In 2010, Tim Burton released his own version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  59. In 2016, he released Through the Looking Glass.
  60. When the DoDo lights his pipe, the smoke flickers in the shape of Mickey Mouse.
  61. The line ‘Muthtard? Don’t leth be thilly’ was ad-libbed by Ed Wynn during the live action reference scenes for the Mad Tea Party.
  62. Walt Disney heard it during the recording and told animators they needed to use it in the film.
  63. Disney sound technicians spent a very long time cleaning up dialogue recordings of Ed Wynn’s ad-libs for the movie.
  64. The live-action footage of this was featured as bonus material on the Alice in Wonderland DVD.
  65. An early plot idea saw Dinah falling down the rabbit hole and being turned into the Cheshire cat.
  66. The doorknob is the only character in the movie that does not appear in the book.
  67. This movie is a combination of both of Lewis Carroll’s books.
  68. As Alice helps the cards paint the roses red, they sing, ‘no pink, not green, not aquamarine’ which is the colour order of the ranks that march in the Queens army.
  69. The Mad hatter was drawn to resemble his voice actor, Ed Wynn.
  70. In the Walrus and the Carpenter scene, the dates on the calendar are the same they are in March 2010.
  71. Alice in Wonderland took five years to complete.
  72. Alice in Wonderland is the only Disney animated film that had to wait more than 20 years for its first theatrical release.
  73. This film was the first Disney theatrical film to be shown on television; in 1954.
  74. One of the jurors is Jose Carioca from The Three Caballeros.
  75. This was Dink Trouts final movie as he died in 1950, before the film was released.
  76. Alice has been included in art and music videos of the Disney Princess franchise even though she is not a princess.
  77. Walt once claimed the Queen of Hearts was based on rival gossip-columnist Louella Parsons who wore her hair the same and had just as bad a temper.
  78. In the original novel, the Queen is not depicted as a villain.
  79. In the novel, Bill the Lizard has no profession but is given the profession of chimney sweep in the movie.
  80. Kathryn Beaumont was used as a live-action model for Alice.
  81. Whilst recording her lines for Alice, Kathryn Beaumont would wear a dress similar to Alices’ in order to help her get into character.
  82. In the original novel, the Dodo is a minor character but was given the role of Sea Captain in the Disney adaption.
  83. The Gryphon was originally meant to appear in the film but was cut.
  84. The blue dress, white apron and tights and black mary jane shoes and headband in the Disney adaption have influenced many other depictions of Alice.
  85. The White Rabbit appears as a guest on the House of Mouse.
  86. The movie was originally going to include a song called ‘Beware the Jabberwock’ which was going to be a musical version of the Jabberwocky poem.
  87. The flowers are voiced by Lucille Bliss, Queenie Leonard, Doris Lloyd, Marni Nixon and Norma Zimmer.
  88. The White Knight was supposed to be included in order to give advice to Alice but Walt decided that Alice needed to learn lessons on her own.
  89. The title song Alice in Wonderland was composed by Sammy fain with lyrics written by Bob Hilliard.
  90. A new theme song was composed for the Japanese release of the film and was sung by Izumi Yukimua.
  91. Alice was the last female to be looked over by Walt that didn’t have a lover interest in her film.
  92. Stage technicians bought a scale model house for a live action reference of the scene where Alice becomes giant.
  93. Animator Eric Larson wanted to be able to see how Kathryns body moved whilst inside the house so had technicians build a new one with transparent walls.
  94. Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is an attraction at Disneyland Paris.
  95. Many scenes from the novel were intended for inclusion but were cut to improve pacing of the film.
  96. A 40th anniversary edition of the film was released on video in 1991.
  97. The films soundtrack was released on LP record on July 28th
  98. It was re-released on CD by Walt Disney Records on February 3, 1998
  99. Bill the Lizard appears in The Great Mouse Detective as one of Ratigans henchman.
  100. In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the Genie turns into the white Rabbit.

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20 thoughts on “100 Facts About Alice in Wonderland

  1. Wow! What a lot of facts! This must have taken you ages to put together! I love reading about the mistakes that they made in the film like the caterpillar being coloured in wrong and the numbers on the white rabbit’s clock. I bet the makers were so annoyed with themselves when they realised it had been released with those mistakes in. It’s like when you publish a blog a notice a spelling mistake even thought you’ve reread it a million times to make sure there weren’t any.

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    1. Thank you! It didn’t take too long but took a lot of concentration 🙂 Yes! I do this all the time with blog posts as my brain just reads them how they’re meant to be 😂

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  2. I love the quirkyness of Alice in Wonderland – I remember my parents not really understanding it and deeming it rather strange, which made me love it even more. It’s amazing how you’ve managed to come up with 100 facts about it! It’s really awesome how they managed to tie it in with Aladdin, I never noticed that before.

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    1. Thank you! I love Alice for its quirkiness too. I like that it’s strange & different. I’d love to visit Wonderland! 🙂

      Thank you! I really enjoy researching the movies as I learn so many new and wonderful facts!

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  3. Hi, this list must have taken you a long time to put together. Some very interesting facts. Fact 15 surprised me in the opening credits, Lewis Carroll’s name is incorrectly spelled as Carrol, oops, Chloe #TeacupClub

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  4. I always enjoy these posts Amy, I always learn so much and am amazed at how much work goes into these lists, you always manage to find things out I had no idea of, as well as some of the smaller details I’ve often overlooked, like the B-flat sound when the flower says, lily – really like that one! Love these posts, always so interesting. – Tasha

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  5. I love Alice in Wonderland! There is just so much going on in the books. What I find most interesting, is the Victorian anxieties that permeate the texts. Whether it be education, class, Darwinism or female oppression- the ideas surrounding the story are just as riveting as the story itself. I recently wrote a post on the female condition in both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. It is called ‘Girlhood Interrupted: Identity, Femininity and Anxiety in the ‘Alice’ books’. In it I look at how Alice seems to reject am imposed form of identity- that of a distinctively female one. A key moment is the baby and the pig!

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