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Alice in Wonderland (1999)

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Classic tale with puppets and CGI entertains but drags, too.

Movie PG 1999 129 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

Follows the book!

This is one of the few Alice in Wonderland movies that includes actual book scenes (the Griffen, white knight, Mr. Mouse), that most other movies leave out. Apart from Alice not using much by "thank you" (common to the book too), there is not much by concerns for violence that cannot be easily explained to a child concerned about it. My 4YO loved it and was entertained by the tale of Alice (he did a good amount of talking and questioning for his own self-reasoning). Comprehension of the story and book relations I would say 3rd-4th grade (8-10 YO) start without talking with kiddos to explain. Great cast too for parents to enjoy as well, and alice uses reasoning-great for common-sense teaching points.

Is It Any Good?

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If you like the story -- and it's hard to imagine who doesn't -- this adaptation, the 12th chronologically, which combines bits from both the Alice and Looking Glass tales, offers up the usual charm. Alice is a delightfully curious and intelligent girl, and the characters from the Mad Hatter to the Queen of Hearts to rose-painting cards and talking cats, will entertain. Combining a mix of CGI, Henson-created puppets and live action, the film looks terrific, even years after its debut.

Still, some of the scenes drag a little, and it feels packed full of big-named actors who sometimes feel dropshipped in for face time, slowing down what it should be punching up. But this is largely a quibble, and children are unlikely to notice or care, so long as they have the attention span to stick with it for over two hours.

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