Alice and Her Animated Wonderland Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the 1951 Disney animated feature "Alice in Wonderland", based on Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".
# 145739 | 1,962 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 25, 2010 in Literature (Children) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The paper points out how although the Disney film generally kept to the novel's tone and motifs, there were necessary alterations in the style of storytelling and in the perspective of the reader/viewer. The paper focuses on the film's visual elements, the lack of ambiguity as to whether Alice experiences a dream or not, and the ways in which Alice is represented in comparison to animals. The paper describes other successful techniques used in this film and comes to the conclusion that this adaptation is one of the most successful book-to-film adaptations of any kind.

From the Paper:

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the 1865 foray into literary nonsense penned by Charles Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, became a classic nearly instantly and has remained so for the century and a half of its existence. The whimsy, satire, and sheer exuberance of storytelling that the author wove into this book (and its sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass and What She Found There) has made the short novel appeal to children and adults alike, as was its author's intention when he published what began as a simple summer afternoon diversion for three little girls (Levin, 591). Though the story is mostly aimed at children, the characters, places, and situations are largely satires or at least representations of people and places Dodgson knew around Oxford, where he taught, and the book was quickly adopted by adults both for pleasure reading and in scholarly circles for its use of logic and its unique literary merits (Auerbach, Shavit). Its most striking and enduring features, however, have been the story itself and the engaging and "curious" character of Alice herself, from whose perspective the reader receives the story."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alice in Wonderland. Dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske. Disney, 1951.
  • Auerbach, Nina. "Alice and Wonderland: A Curious Child." Victorian Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1, The Victorian Child (Sep., 1973), pp. 31-47. Retrieved via JSTOR 12 January 2009.
  • Dodgson, Charles L. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 1866. New York: Harper-Collins, 1992.
  • Levin, Harry. "Wonderland Revisited." The Kenyon Review, Vol. 27, No. 4 (Autumn, 1965), pp. 591-616. Retrieved via JSTOR 12 January 2009.
  • Shavit, Zohar. "Translation of Children's Literature as a Function of Its Position in the Literary Polysystem." Poetics Today, Vol. 2, No. 4, Translation Theory and Intercultural Relations (Summer-Autumn, 1981), pp. 171-179. Retrieved via JSTOR 12 January 2009.

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