Few would deny that Disney’s animated Alice in Wonderland fails on a few levels. It lacks emotion, it’s episodic, the story has no goal…
|Poor, poor Alice -- Possibly the best moment in the film.
|They don't advance the plot at all, but -- What a great pair of scoundrels!
Plus, it contains The Awesome Sequence: one long, perfect chain of scenes—The Cheshire Cat, The Tea Party and Tulgey Wood—that I’d rate as one of the most brilliant twenty minutes of film in Disney’s history. Here the movie shines with ingenius designs, great dialogue and pacing, big laughs, craziest moments and—for once—Alice displaying some genuine concern about being lost in Weirdsville.
The Cheshire Cat, of course, is this movie’s big gift to pop culture. Creepy, funny, mysterious and odd, he turns out to be a hilarious S.O.B. who sets Alice up for disaster for his own amusement.
|He's one of my favorite Disney characters, but -- seriously -- what a jerk!
This review is an update of a post that originally ran in 2010 on our previous site, Astonished Walrus.