Sometimes she's too big. Or much too small. Sometimes things are backwards. And there's always too much pepper in the soup! Nothing is quite right since Alice chased a very unusual White Rabbit and stumbled into an adventu... more »re that grows curiouser and curiouser.
One of the greatest childhood fantasies ever is captured in Irwin Allen's colorful, all-star production adapted from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Steve Allen wrote the jolly, witty songs and more than a dozen Hollywood stars join in the wondrous fun. Alice is looking for a way home. And happy to be welcomed into yours.« less
Angela M. (kuroitenshi) from TOLEDO, OH Reviewed on 1/27/2010...
I first saw this movie when it first came out I'm guessing and maybe once or twice after that so finally getting it sit down and watch it again was a real treat and I found that I liked it even more than before. It is definitely geared more toward children, but that doesn't stop it from being interesting and entertaining. The cast list is amazing and the musical numbers in most cases were long enough to be interesting, but not too long as to bore the audience. Also from what I've read of the original story it stays close enough to it. If you like Alice in Wonderland I recommend this movie.
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Jim S. from APEX, NC Reviewed on 1/2/2009...
All adaptations of Alice and Wonderland are strange because the material is inherently odd, but this one seems over the top for whatever reason. Sammy Davis Jr. does make quite the caterpillar!
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Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 05/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally after years of waiting, fans (and children of the 80s) can finally take home the fondly-remembered 1985 two-part television musical production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, produced by Irwin Allen and featuring just about every single showbusiness personality of the time.
Part One opens with Alice (played winningly by Natalie Gregory) wishing she was old enough to enjoy afternoon tea with all of the grownups. After going down to the lake she spies a White Rabbit (Red Buttons), follows him down a rabbit-hole and into a kaleidoscope of colour and fantasy. Alice meets many wonderful characters like the Caterpillar (Sammy Davis Jr.), the Duchess and her eccentric cook (Martha Raye and Imogene Coca), the Mad Hatter (Anthony Newley), the Mock Turtle (Ringo Starr) and the Cheshire Cat (Telly Savalas). Finally after a brush with the head-chopping Queen of Hearts (Jayne Meadows), Alice escapes, only to discover she is in fact trapped on the wrong side of the mirror.
Part Two finds Alice now somehow in Looking-glass Land, which is actually a giant chess-game. In order to win the game and hopefully return home, Alice must make it to the eighth square of the board. On her way Alice meets many more wondrous characters like Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee (Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme), the Red Queen (Ann Jillian), the White Queen (Carol Channing), the White King (Harvey Korman) and the White Knight (Lloyd Bridges). But throughout her journey Alice is terrorised by the scary Jabberwocky dragon which thrives on fear. Alice must conquer her fears of the Jabberwocky if she is ever to return home...
Famous for star-studded films of the 70s like "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno", producer Irwin Allen made sure the cast of this spectacular ALICE IN WONDERLAND featured just about every single showbusiness veteran and notable of the day. It would have been easy for Natalie Gregory to have become overwhelmed or overshadowed by her cavalcade of co-stars but the appealing young actress holds her own and gives a very solid performance, though it must be noted that her singing was in fact dubbed by another little girl called Lara Beeson. The musical numbers, written by legendary host Steve Allen (who also appears as the Paper Suit Man during Part Two), are all very fine and perfect for the characters but the best number by far is the beautiful ballad "Emotions", delivered by Ann Jillian in a tear-inducing rendition.
Children of the 80s remember this version with a lot of nostalgia, and it's so lovely to think we can now introduce this gem to our own children.
THE COMPLETE CAST LIST:
Part One (Alice in Wonderland) Sheila Allen.......Mother Scott Baio.......Pat the Guinea Pig Red Buttons.......White Rabbit Sid Caesar........Gryphon Imogene Coca.........Cook Sammy Davis Jr............Caterpillar Natalie Gregory.........Alice Sherman Hemsley.........Mouse Arte Johnson..........Dormouse Roddy McDowall........March Hare Jayne Meadows.........Queen of Hearts Robert Morley ..........King of Hearts Anthony Newley..........Mad Hatter Donald O'Connor...........Lory Bird Martha Raye.............Duchess George Savalas...........Courtier Telly Savalas.............Cheshire Cat Ringo Starr............Mock Turtle Shelley Winters...........Dodo Bird
Part Two (Through the Looking Glass) Steve Allen.............Gentleman in the Paper Suit Ernest Borgnine..........Lion Beau Bridges...............Unicorn Lloyd Bridges..............White Knight Carol Channing.............White Queen Patrick Duffy.............Goat George Gobel...............Gnat Eydie Gorme...............Tweedle-Dee Merv Griffin..................Conductor Ann Jillian....................Red Queen Harvey Korman...............White King Steve Lawrence...............Tweedle-Dum Don Matheson.................Red Knight Karl Malden....................Walrus Donna Mills......................Rose Pat Morita.....................Horse Louis Nye.........................Carpenter John Stamos....................The Messenger Sally Struthers..................Tiger-Lily Jack Warden........................Owl Jonathan Winters.............Humpty-Dumpty
TECHNICAL DETAILS: Single-sided, dual-layer disc Keep case Audio: 2-channel stereo Subtitles: French (English closed-captioned)"
OH MY GOD!
dethgirl | 01/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"U know.....it's so weird to read everyone else's reviews and find that so many people had the same problem as me 8) I saw this movie when I was very young, my mom had taped it for me, and I'd watched it everyday! But unfortunately my dad thought the Miami Hurricanes was a more important thing to have on tape and thus recorded over it. That's when I was in 3rd grade. Here it is, 12 years later and I've finally found the version I was looking for. It was impossible to find and no one else I know has even heard of this version. If u want to see this movie, order it now, cause I know first hand that it's impossible to find anywhere else. It's and excellent movie and u will not be disappointed! It was my favorite movie whne I was younger, and this version is 300Xs better than the Disney version. Your children will probably like this one better. It includes mnay scenes not shown in other versions. There's the scene with the baby that turns into a pig, the scene where the woman turns into a lamb, a train scene, 2 different characters telling the story of the Walrus and the Carpenter, the scene with the unicorn and lion with the cake, a scene with Humpty Dumpty, and the best scene of all, the JABBERWOCKY! This movie is great, I don't know why it's so hard to find. But it will definately spark a whole new universe to a child's imagination. I can't wait til it gets to my house!"
FINALLY!! THE BEST version of this MASTERPIECE is out on DV
Joy | Fairfax, VA USA | 07/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't believe it! God has answered my prayers for a DVD release of this masterpiece! I have waited so long, so long for this to come out on DVD! I own it on VHS but I was afraid I was going to have to have it transferred to DVD but now I don't have to!
Back in the 80's when I was about 7 or 8 years old, this 2 part movie came on TV and we recorded it, of course it was on Beta back then. I totally fell in love with this movie. After I only saw it once or twice, I wasn't able to see it again for the longest time because my family lost the tape and TV never showed it. So I was wanting it for years and finally in the late 90's, like 98 or 99, I just happened to look in the Disney store and saw both Alice In Wonderland (1985) and Alice Through The Looking Glass (1985) and I bought them right away. They were on VHS but it doesn't really matter because I love them so much. To this day, at 27 years old, I still love this 2 part film and never get bored of it.
I have watched many other versions of Alice In Wonderland and no other version has had an Alice as good as Natalie Gregory or a white rabbit as good as Red Buttons. Even Ringo Starr is in this version. I totally love that rabbit costume and back in the 80's, you can tell, or at least I can tell how much work the director put into this film. Since 1985, other versions haven't shown as much detail and work like this version has. Even the roses in the rose garden looks real. The set design is just amazing and the actors performances are truly magnificent! This is the ULTIMATE version of Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass! I am just so happy to be able to own this on DVD soon because my tapes have gotten a lot of use in the last 5 or 6 years. If you own any Alice In Wonderland, own this 2 part one because this one puts every other version to shame!!!"
WARNING: This VHS tape is only half the movie.
C O | Belton, SC USA | 11/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a two-parter: the first being Alice in Wonderland (1985), and the next Alice Through the Looking Glass (1985). I wish Amazon would state this in the descriptions. Both are available to buy at Amazon, just do a search. There are lots of Alice in Wonderland versions, the one with (1985) by it is the one that goes with Alice Through the Looking Glass - and vice versa. Why they don't sell these two VHS tapes together, I do not know.I purchased Alice Through the Looking Glass unaware that it wasn't the entire movie, and was terribly disappointed after watching it, as it wasn't as I remembered. After a bit of online searching, I found out that Alice Through the Looking Glass is just the second part of the movie. So I bought the first, and it finally morphed into the movie I had remembered. On another note, I'd love to see this movie on DVD. It is, by far, the best version of Alice in Wonderland made to date. Whimsical, zany, and definitely entertaining."
One of my favorite movies of all time!!!!!
Joy | Fairfax, VA USA | 05/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Back in the 80's when I was about 7 or 8 years old, this 2 part movie came on TV and we recorded it, of course it was on Beta back then. I totally fell in love with this movie. After I only saw it once or twice, I wasn't able to see it again for the longest time because my family lost the tape and TV never showed it. So I was wanting it for years and finally in the late 90's, like 98 or 99, I just happened to look in the Disney store and saw both Alice In Wonderland (1985) and Alice Through The Looking Glass (1985) and I bought them right away. They were on VHS but it doesn't really matter because I love them so much. To this day, at 27 years old, I still love this 2 part film and never get bored of it.
I have watched many other versions of Alice In Wonderland and no other version has had an Alice as good as Natalie Gregory or a white rabbit as good as Red Buttons. That Jabberwocky used to scare me back then also. Even Ringo Starr is in this version. I totally love that rabbit costume and back in the 80's, you can tell, or at least I can tell how much work the director put into this film. Since 1985, other versions haven't shown as much detail and work like this version has. Even the roses in the rose garden looks real. I do hope one day, they will release this 2 part masterpiece on DVD because my tapes have gotten a lot of use in the last 5 or 6 years. If you own any Alice In Wonderland, own this 2 part one because this one puts every other version to shame!!!"