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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- SyFy’s Alice miniseries (2009)
- Dennis Potter’s Alice (1965, a precurser to his film Dreamchild)
- Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (Carroll’s characters, Burton’s “sequel” story line)
- Denis Potter’s Dreamchild (Wikipedia entry)
- Wikipedia Encyclopedia’s extensive list of Carroll-inspired works
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:
|2010||Alice in Wonderland||Tim Burton|