As a big Alice in Wonderland fan, one of the things that first struck me about this musical adaptation was how faithful it is to the literary classic. This 1972 quintessentially English production is both imaginative and delightful while also possessing a certain hazy and melancholy quality not uncommon in some movies from that decade.
There’s quite a number of recognizable names if not faces in this film. A very young Fiona Fullerton (before becoming a Bond girl) in the lead role of Alice as well as pre-Phantom of the Opera Michael Crawford as the ever tardy White Rabbit.
Dudley Moore as the Dormouse, Australian actor Robert Helpmann (remember the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?) as the Mad Hatter and the great Peter Sellers is perfectly cast as the March Hare. Oh and Ralph Richardson is the hookah smoking Caterpillar!
I’ll admit that the DVD transfer is not the best, but it is nonetheless a magically delightful film for both adults and children with an exquisite music score by John Barry. And it still remains my favorite film adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
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