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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - 1972   The film opens with a series of simple title cards accompanied by an overture, leading into a reenactment of the river picnic taken by Charles Dodgson and Alice Liddell in July 1862. Close attention has been paid to Carroll's poetry, recounting Wonderland's origination on that "golden afternoon" ("It is next time!"), but the people are not depicted as described in biographies, diaries, etc. Dodgson begins to tell the story to a sleepy Alice, who suddenly finds herself alone in a towering forest of daisies. The white rabbit appears and Alice follows him down an enormous rabbit hole, with a fairly convincing falling sequence achieved by a projection effect.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - 1972
  Alice arrives in the hall of doors, which seems to go on forever, and takes a sip from the Drink Me bottle. The illusion of shrinking is cleverly created; the set is built to gigantic proportions, and Alice is stood on a separate platform, which is gradually moved away from the camera and onto the stage floor. The effect is smooth, seamless and looks incredibly real. A bite from the Eat Me cake causes her to grow, and a similarly impressive forced perspective set-up makes her tower over the White Rabbit; Alice's half of the corridor is a miniature scale model, positioned much closer to the camera than the White Rabbit on the background set. Confused, Alice begins to cry and sings the melancholy Curiouser and Curiouser, shrinking all the while. The moving platform technique is used again, this time depositing her in the pool of tears.
  Swimming into a misty lake, Alice meets the mouse, who guides her to the shore and, in lieu of a Caucus-race, sings a song about overindulgence, You've Gotta Know When to Stop. Strangely, the birds and beasts insist on receiving prizes for simply dancing around, and the Dodo presents Alice with an "elegant thimble".
  Soon the creatures leave, offended by Alice, and the White Rabbit returns, mistaking her for his housemaid. He and Alice sing an argumentative duet, The Last Word is Mine, before she gives in and goes to find his house. Once inside, another drink makes her grow again, filling the entire room. Forced perspective, miniature sets and moving platforms are again used to great effect.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - 1972
  Having shrunk yet again and escaped from the house, Alice sings How Doth the Little Crocodile and encounters an extremely sullen caterpillar, who promptly disappears. Next she meets Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, who prepare to have a battle (as Alice sings their Nursery Rhyme), but are frightened off by a giant crow, which whips up a storm in the wood.
  Alice finds her way to a small Georgian house and is greatly amused by the frog and fish footmen at the door. Inside the peppery kitchen, she meets the hateful Duchess with her mistreated baby, the deranged, plate-throwing cook and the Cheshire Cat. The Duchess sings Speak Roughly to Your Little Boy.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - 1972