Lewis Carroll Resources

Film and TV

Lews Carroll in Film and Television

Versions of Lewis Carroll’s stories in films and on television are too numerous to list; he has inspired and continues to inspire so many people.

Walt Disney, of course, was enormously influenced by the Alice books, and was determined to produce his own version.  Early in his career he created a series of short, live-action Alice comedies with a live action little girl as his heroine, in a world of cartoon characters.  It was actually the money he earned from these first comic shorts, not Mickey Mouse, that saved his studio and launched his career.  Then after a number of false starts, trying to find his own way of envisioning Carroll’s world, Disney produced his 1951 animated version, which was not well-received at the time, but has become an enduring favorite with children over the years.  Now in 2010, the Disney company is producing Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which presents Alice and many of the characters from the two books in a new plot of Burton’s own devising.

And Disney is just one example.  Think about Neo following the white rabbit tattoo in the film The Matrix, or SyFy channel’s 2009 futuristic Alice miniseries, to name but two.  The list is literally endless.

Below is a modest selection to pique your interest and start you off on your own adventures.

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LCSNA member David Schaefer was perhaps the foremost collector and expert on film versions of Alice in the world.  Below is his “short list” of notable films, both short and long.

1903 Alice in Wonderland Cecil Hepworth (the first known Alice film)
1910 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Edison Manufacturing
1915 Alice in Wonderland Nonpareil Feature Film Company (W. W. Young)
1931 Alice in Wonderland “Bud” Pollard Productions (the first Alice talkie)
1932 Alice in US Land (newsreel) Paramount News feature about Alice’s visit to NYC
1933 Alice in Wonderland Paramount Productions
1933 Betty in Blunderland A Max Fleischer cartoon
1936 Thru the Mirror A Disney Mickey Mouse cartoon
1948 Alice in Wonderland Lou Bunin (live action and puppets)
1951 Alice in Wonderland Disney feature-length cartoon
1966 Alice in Wonderland or What’s a Nice Kid
Like You Doing in a Place Like This?
Hanna Barbara cartoon
1966 Alice in Wonderland BBC, directed by Jonathan Miller
1972 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Shaftel

To which we might add:

1988 Alice Jan Svankmajer
2010 Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton