Posted October 12 2003 - 04:52 PM
| I'm wondering if my sister and I grew up on other Disney classics and not this one due to those staggered re-release patterns that Disney employed throughout the 70s and 80s. |
I don't know about the 70s and 80s, but I'm fairly sure "Alice in Wonderland" never had a theatrical re-release until 1974 (which is when I saw it -- I was in third grade).
EDIT: According to the Walt Disney Feature Animation Fansite, it was re-released in '74 and '81.
According to the book "The Art of Walt Disney," the film was considered an artistic failure at the time of its release, even by Walt, who reportedly said it lacked "heart." The book suggests it is "probably his weakest film."
As I recall, it says "Alice" was shown at a film festival in the early seventies, and soon requests for rentals began pouring in from all over the country, so it was re-released in 1974.
I don't remember any other theatrical release after that one, but that doesn't mean anything. Alice and Dumbo have always kind of been the "expendable" Disney titles... the ones shown on television, and the first two Disney animated features to be released on home video. (Pinocchio is often quoted as the first, but that's incorrect.)
EDIT: According to the same Disney site quoted above, Alice and Dumbo were originally released on home video in 1981, Pinocchio in 1985.