Box art for Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

  • Rated G

anime & animation, children & family, comedy


Disney animated, classical version of Alice's adventures after she tumbles down a rabbit hole into a realm of curious creatures that defy logic at every turn.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    78%
  • Audience Score
    78%

common sense

ON for kids age 4
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Surreal animated Disney classic with mild peril.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney's classic animated interpretation of Lewis Carroll's tale is a great "starter" Alice for younger kids before moving on to more mature and theatrical versions, like Tim Burton's trippy 2010 adventure. Disney's 7-year-old Alice embarks on a colorful journey that does include some mild violence (especially when she meets the sadistic Queen of Hearts) and taunting language like "stupidest" and "fat." Three animal characters smoke either a pipe or, in the case of the caterpillar, a hookah.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the dreamy world Alice finds herself in. Which of these wild characters is your favorite? Why do they celebrate un-birthdays in Wonderland? Could you celebrate one right now? Why does Alice sing the song "I Give Myself Very Good Advice (But I Very Seldom Follow It)"? When did you give yourself good advice and not follow it?
  • Families can talk about how this original version differs from Time Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010) starring Johnny Depp, or how it differs from Lewis Carroll's original work.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: If you are not too particular about the images of Carroll and Tenniel, if you are high on Disney whimsey and if you'll take a somewhat slow, uneven pace, you should find this picture entertaining.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Saturday, March 25, 2006

Rotten: What's really disappointing is the undistinguished animation: the film looks and plays more like the Disney shorts than the Disney features.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fresh:

- Devin Faraci, CHUD, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

This is how the story of Alice in wonderland SHOULD be done Tim Burton. That aside, Alice in Wonderland is probably one of Disney's most creative animated films to date just due to how crazy they could go with tis story seeing how nothing makes sense in this nonsensical animated world of Wonderland. Alice is probably one of my favorite animated film leads and the side characters are some of Disney's best, mainly the Mad Hatter and March Hare even though they aren't even in the film for fifteen minutes. My favorite character however is the Cheshire Cat, not just for how Sterling Holloway portrays him, but also how you never know what side he is on, if he's a good guy or a bad guy, and I really enjoy characters that are done like that. The music is also very good for the film, my favorite being the story of the carpenter and walrus just for how strange it is.

- skeletonking101, Wednesday, August 15, 2012

5 stars

This is how the story of Alice in wonderland SHOULD be done Tim Burton. That aside, Alice in Wonderland is probably one of Disney's most creative animated films to date just due to how crazy they could go with tis story seeing how nothing makes sense in this nonsensical animated world of Wonderland. Alice is probably one of my favorite animated film leads and the side characters are some of Disney's best, mainly the Mad Hatter and March Hare even though they aren't even in the film for fifteen minutes. My favorite character however is the Cheshire Cat, not just for how Sterling Holloway portrays him, but also how you never know what side he is on, if he's a good guy or a bad guy, and I really enjoy characters that are done like that. The music is also very good for the film, my favorite being the story of the carpenter and walrus just for how strange it is.

- skeletonking101, Wednesday, August 15, 2012

4 stars

A classic retelling of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, this is one of the strangest films in Disney's catalogue. I remember watching this as a kid, and thought it was really creepy for some odd reason. Maybe it was the Cheshire Cat with that grin of his or the Mad Hatter. Either way, Alice in Wonderland was one of those Disney films that creeped me out, and I thought it was a good film, but it kind of made me feel uneasy. This is nonetheless a good adaptation of a classic tale. This is a great film that might make you raise an eyebrow or two, however if you love Disney films, then this is yet another one worth checking out. Alice in Wonderland sure is an eccentric, surreal cinematic experience, but it's also one that you'll never forget. The film has colorful characters and a good cast. Like I said, Alice in Wonderland is weird, but it is definitely an entertaining film, one that will definitely appeal to Disney enthusiasts. Of all the films that Disney has put out, Alice in Wonderland may be the one that stands out the most. The sheer eccentricity of the film has made its reputation secure among fans of Disney. The film is definitely out of this world and very different from others in Disney's past. For what it's worth, this is still a must see film if you want to check all the essential Disney classics, as this is one of the most memorable of them all. Not the most perfect film that Disney has made, but definitely a stunning ride nonetheless.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, April 29, 2012