Alice in the Movies

Alice in Wonderland, John Tenniel, 1865. Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Alice in Wonderland, John Tenniel, 1865. Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Lewis Carroll's mysterious tale of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has been passed down for generations, and the girl who falls down the rabbit hole has been captured on film many times. If you'd like to view some of the movie adaptations of this favorite childhood story, check out the selections below.

The classic Disney version, Alice in Wonderland, offers many visual delights, including a memorable scene with the Mad Hatter's tea party and a menacing, slowly disappearing Cheshire cat. Alice is portrayed here as adventurous as she challenges strange characters, including a large caterpillar and the Queen of Hearts.

If you're looking for a creepy, surreal take on the story, you may want to sample Jan Svankmajer's Alice. Told in a combination of live action and stop motion, this film shows Alice following a taxidermied rabbit through a drawer to find the Queen and what lies on the other side.

For a more modern version of the story, you may want to check out Tim Burton's version, Alice in Wonderland, which takes place 13 years after the original story. This adaptation stars Burton staples Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen of Hearts. As usual, Burton's visuals and art direction are beautiful to behold, still true to the Victorian era, even if it is a nontraditional take on the story.

No matter which Alice you choose to follow, you're in for an unforgettable journey.

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