Series: Adventures in Wonderland
Use your imagination and you'll understand Adventures in Wonderland
It's an adventure in Wonderland.
was a live action children's sitcom
and a loose adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
, which ran on the Disney Channel
from 1991 to 1995. In the series, Alice (played by Elisabeth Harnois), was portrayed as a teenage girl who can go to and from Wonderland simply by walking through her mirror (a reference to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass
Usually the format consisted of Alice coming home from school and talking to Dinah (her cat) about a problem facing her that day, then going into Wonderland and finding the residents of that world facing a similar crisis, where she would learn An Aesop
relating to her Real Life
problems. Also of note is that each episode usually included around three or four musical numbers. At the end of each episode she would return to the real world with a solution to her problem, which were usually mundane everyday problems.
Unfortunately for fans of the series, no DVD set is even being planned
This show invokes the following tropes:
- Cold Open: Each episode starts with Alice in her house, talking to Dinah, before walking into the mirror, at which point the Theme starts.
- Comically Missing the Point: Pretty much everybody does this at some point. It's turned Up to Eleven in the following exchange:
Tweedle Dum: Okay. Hare should be here any minute. Any questions?
Mad Hatter: Just one. If the word "knee" is spelled k-n-e-e, why isn't it pronounced "kuh-nee?"
Tweedle Dee: Because the "K" is silent. But wait a minute... What does that have to do with the price of rice in—
- Composite Character: The Queen is based on the Queen of Hearts and Red Queen, and is even referred to as both on different occasions.
- Continuity Nod: In The Bunny Who Would Be King, the White Rabbit's brother asks for half a cup of tea and the Hatter hands him a teacup that has been cut in half, just like in the movie. The Hare comments how he "never changes".
- Dark Is Evil: Three of the one-off villains are dressed head to toe in black.
- Deadpan Snarker: The Cheshire Cat, with some instances of the Visual Pun Literalist Snarking he displays in the movie.
- Diminishing Villain Threat: The Queen of Hearts is good-natured, though still a little short tempered (particularly toward the White Rabbit). She seems to be based more on the Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass (she's even called "the Red Queen" roughly half the time).
- Disney Acid Sequence: The opening theme counts as a rare live action Disney Acid Sequence.
- Series Continuity Error: The Sound and the Furry centers around the whole cast learning sign language and the Queen and the White Rabbit don't even know what it is until about halfway into the episode. In Take My Tonsils... Please!, during the musical number going over ways to communicate without speaking to the Hatter, the two mention sign language, with the Rabbit even signing the Queen's singing part. No matter what order you watch the episodes in, it makes no sense continuity-wise (if the Hatter knew that he was going to lose his voice after getting his tonsils removed, why didn't they think of sign language right away?).
- Setting Update: Alice obviously isn't living in the 1800s during the segments where she's in the real world. In fact it's extremely doubtful she's even from England.
- Shout-Out: Alice's sister's name? Kathryn.
- Theme Naming: The Hare family has a month-theme going on, with Mother June, Cousin April, Aunt May, Uncle August and of course the March Hare himself.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Just about all the Wonderlandians, compared to the original movie and even the book versions of them. The Cheshire Cat is an interesting example, because he famously Took a Level in Jerkass for the movie, but here he's gone back to approximately the same level of kindness he displayed in the original book.
- Too Many Cooks: In "Her-story in the Making", Alice tries getting her Wonderland friends to write a story for her school assignment for her. They each write a passage and it comes out... less than comprehensible.
- Trickster Mentor: The Cheshire Cat, on occasion, takes on this role.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: The Mad Hatter and his evil second cousin twice-removed, the Copy Catter Hatter. Just about any of the character's relatives count, actually. (See Acting for Two in the Trivia section.)
- Unfazed Everywoman: Alice.
- Villain Song / The Villain Sucks Song: A Distant Duet between the Mad Hatter and the Copy Catter Hatter is both of these.