A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lots of good vocabulary to learn. This movie might encourage young viewers to read the original.
Themes of standing up for and believing in yourself.
Positive Role Models
Alice is a curious, strong-willed girl with a great sense of adventure. She does not defer to anyone with more power than she has. She takes charge when she needs to and uses her head to get out of hairy situations.
Violence & Scariness
A scary moment after Alice meets Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum: the sky turns dark and an enormous crow emerges from a storm. In the next scene, the Duchess bounces a poor (real) baby so hard that it cries terribly. Alice removes the baby from the home, saying "If I don't take this child away, they will kill it." A lot of "Off with her head!" talk from the queen, but no heads roll.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alice drinks strange draughts that make her change size and nibbles on mushrooms likewise. The caterpillar smokes an elaborate hookah pipe.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this 1972 adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Aventures in Wonderland is not as frightening as some interpretations -- if simply because this Alice has a mind of her own. Alice saves a baby after the Duchess bounces it so hard that it cries terribly. Of course there's a lot of "Off with her head!" talk from the queen, but no heads roll. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Once you get past the very boring opening titles, there are amazing sights to behold. Alice looks just as she should, as do the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and the Mock Turtle. Amazingly, the sets and costumes and special effects create a fantastic world without the benefit of computer generated images. When Alice grows tall, she really looks tall, and when she is small, she seems tiny. The acting is also very fine: fans of Peter Sellers and Dudley Moore will delight in seeing these comic geniuses play their roles with aplomb. And though there are film quality and sound issues in this 1972 adaptation, the movie sticks to the actual book with more acuity than other versions.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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