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HTF REVIEW: Alice in Wonderland (Highly Recommended!!!)

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#1 of 54 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted January 12 2004 - 08:05 AM

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#2 of 54 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted January 12 2004 - 08:12 AM

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Posted January 12 2004 - 08:19 AM

David, Great review. Thanks again. -Reagan
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#4 of 54 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted January 12 2004 - 08:19 AM

Count this as yet another 1 of those titles I probably wasn't going to get until reading DaVid's review. I might not get it right away, but I'll end up with it at some point I'm sure. Thanks for the review

#5 of 54 OFFLINE   Randy Korstick

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Posted January 12 2004 - 08:34 AM

Good Review David. Although I won't be upgrading because this has never been a favorite of mine either. It starts great for the 1st 20 minutes and then stuggles to keep your attention as it tries to fit in too much for 75 minutes. Its definately still worth seeing for the incredible animation though.
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Posted January 12 2004 - 09:00 AM

Alice was never a perticular favorite of mine, honestly. Although I've seen it a few times, I've never owned it in any format before. Still, it is a solid piece of classic animated entertainment and has finally recieved its due on DVD, so I'm really looking forward to getting this (plus 10 minutes of Song of the South, too!) Now if only Disney would release that whole movie. Oh well, this is a start. And enough about that here -- that's another thread.

Here's hoping that the Pocahontas Masterpiece Edition is just as packed. (The Lilo & Stitch CE, now to be branded as a Masterpiece Edition, is already assured to be exellent: Disney told WDFA-F animators to help them make it the best Disney DVD ever released for a non-Pixar movie, so I've got high hopes for that.)

Anyway, thanks a lot for the great review David! Posted Image Have you gotten The Lion King 1 1/2 yet? Very interested to hear your thoughts on that, since from what I've been hearing it's got the best buzz EVER for a direct-to-video project and I've more or less decided to break my "no Disney cheapquel" rule for the first time on DVD for that. Thanks.


#7 of 54 OFFLINE   Lew Crippen

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Posted January 12 2004 - 09:05 AM

A fine review David. Your summation of the how well Carroll’s work is translated to the screen, pretty much sums up my view: good fun, but real fans of the books can’t help but be a bit disappointed.
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Posted January 12 2004 - 09:40 AM

David, please can you expand on the Art Galleries. These are often my favourite feature of Disney's multi-disc sets. I just wonder how many their are and what the contents are like. The European DVD had a brief "scrapbook" (about the same level of detail as the Oliver and Company and Peter Pan special editions). I would be interested if this release has more.
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Posted January 12 2004 - 09:50 AM

I have not seen this before and your recommendation sealed it along with the 10 minute excerpt of SOTS

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#10 of 54 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted January 12 2004 - 10:51 AM


I'll take a look tonight and update my post with some details about the image galleries...

Glad to see so many folks interested in this title. Even if it's not my personal favorite, I want it in my library to help me towards my goal of "completing" my Disney library. The work that Disney has put into making this a first-class DVD presentation will be apparent once you get the disc. And Yes...those 10 minutes from SOTS easily justify taking the plunge!

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Posted January 12 2004 - 10:59 AM


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Posted January 12 2004 - 12:13 PM

Yes, I think it's "avant-garde" for a Disney film. It isn't quite as formulatic as most of the other Disney features, but I never understood how this was a bad thing. I think many of those early films were all different enough from each other in their own way. What makes the film work for me is Alice herself. The rotoscoping on her is just tremendous, some of the best rotoscope work ever. Also, her level of stubborness sets her apart from most Disney heroines. It's important for Alice to act stubborn because the point of the story is that adults don't always act like adults even though they expect children to. So Alice is the one who is always trying to keep a level head amongst all the insane adults in Wonderland. She's just a charming character. The funny thing is that Disney actually has treated this film better than a lot of their other more beloved classics over the years. I'm glad Disney took the time to work on the original picture and the promotional materials instead of putting out a Cheapquel or two. The extra promotinal TV spots seem to indicate that Walt really cared about this story and really wanted to make it work. I'm not aware how involved he actually was in this picture, but I think he had a big enough influence over it which is why it worked as well as it did.

#13 of 54 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted January 12 2004 - 12:20 PM

Thanks for your comments Larry. You share some thoughtful insights. I certainly concur that the rotoscoping on the Alice character is supurb. Her movements are graceful, natural, and elegant. The realism of her animation also contrasts sharply with the more stylized characters she encounters which sets up a visual dichotomy for her, the "real" person surrounded by characters in a world of make-believe.
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Posted January 12 2004 - 01:40 PM

Gee David, run out of adjectives for Disney releases? Highly recommended just seems so plain from you. Definitely picking this up myself.

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Posted January 12 2004 - 01:45 PM

"Alice" isn't my favorite classic Disney film, but with the quality of Disney's recent DVDs, I think it's worth a purchase. Is there not an audio commentary, or did I misread your review? I really enjoyed the commentaries on Fantasia, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, and I wish there was one on here.

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#17 of 54 OFFLINE   Joe Cortez

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Posted January 12 2004 - 04:50 PM

Great review; the inclusion of an "Alice Comedies" short alone is enough to warrant a purchase from me.

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Posted January 12 2004 - 06:16 PM

Terrific Review!!

I was going to add this title to my collection anyway; but reading your review has just ratcheted up my anticipation for it by at least a factor of five!

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Posted January 12 2004 - 06:42 PM

A must buy for me. Sheesh, January 27 is the day of reckoning for animation. The Critic, G.I. Joe, and now this. Posted Image
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Posted January 12 2004 - 06:55 PM

I'll be getting this for sure!

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