Trivia: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Books

  • Adaptation Overdosed: Let's see, 16 films, a TV series, countless re-imaginings and sequels in book and motion picture...
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Carroll never refers to the Hatter as the Mad Hatter.
  • Fountain of Expies: For Alice Allusion characters.
  • Older Than They Think: The Queen's "Off with his/her head!" catchphrase is actually a Shout-Out to Colley Cibber's then-famous but now forgotten abridgement of Shakespeare's Richard III.
  • Trope Namer
  • What Could Have Been: The Wasp in a Wig. Some editions actually publish this chapter in its proper place at the end of Chapter 8 in Through the Looking Glass.
  • Word of God: According to Lewis Carroll, Alice's canon surname is Pleasance (from Alice Pleasance Liddell).
  • Write Who You Know
    • Alice was based on the real-life Alice Liddell.
    • The members of the boating party that first heard Carroll's tale show up in the Caucus Race; Alice's sisters Edith and Lorina, are inserted as the Eaglet and Lory, respectively. Rev Robinson Duckworth is the Duck and Carroll himself is the Dodo.
    • Alice and her sisters appear again as Elsie, Lacie, and Tillie in the Dormouse's story. Elsie (L.C.) is Lorina (middle name Charlotte), Tillie is Edith (nickname Matilda), and Lacie is an anagram of Alice.
    • Alice's two other, lesser known sisters (Rhoda and Violet) make appearances in the second book, as the rose and the violet in the talking flower garden. The mouse who gives the "dry lecture" and the Red Queen were seemingly based off of Alice's governess. The Queen of Hearts and the Duchess were seemingly caricatures of Queen Victoria and her mother respectively.

The Ballet

  • Billing Displacement: From the promotional materials and Opus Arte's DVD trailer, you'd think that the Mad Hatter was a much bigger role. If this were a musical, he'd qualify as Minor Character, Major Song.
  • Production Nickname: "The Mad Tapper" for The Mad Hatter. It first cropped up in the documentary short about the ballet and has been making the rounds ever since.
  • Throw It In: An unintentional Funny Background Event on the DVD: the gavel head breaks and flies off (violently!) when the Queen of Hearts tries to end the Mad Hatter's and March Hare's testimony. Cue some quick improvisation from both the King and Queen, who initially aren't sure where the gavel head even is, along with mimed amusement from the Hatter once he notices what's happening.

Other Adaptations

  • All-Star Cast
    • The 1999 adaptation features a lot of well-known faces, including Martin Short as the Mad Hatter, Whoopi Goldberg as the Cheshire Cat, Christopher Lloyd as the White Knight, Gene Wilder as the Mock Turtle, and a breakout role for Tina Majorino.
      • Not to mention the fact that one of the Tweedles is played by Robbie "Rubeus Hagrid" Coltraine.
    • The 1985 version also features a lot of names in the cast, like Sammy Davis Jr as the Caterpillar, Telly Savalas as the Cheshire Cat, Carol Channing as the White Queen, Roddy McDowall as the March Hare, and Ringo Starr as the Mock Turtle.
    • A 1933 version includes W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty, Cary Grant as the Mock Turtle and Gary Cooper as the White Knight, among other stars.
    • The 1966 version for the BBC is full of well-known British actors and comedians, including Sir John Gielgud, Peter Sellers, Leo McKern, Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, and Sir Michael Redgrave.
  • Dawson Casting: Alice is pre-pubescent in the books but most TV and movie adaptations depict her as a teenager or twenty-something (e.g. Fiona Fullerton). The few exceptions are 12-year old Sarah Sutton (UK) in 1974, 9-year-old Natalie Gregory (USA) in 1985 and Krystina Kohoutova (Czech Republic) in 1988). May Clark, the first actress to portray Alice in film, was 14 at the time (1903).
    • Kate Beckinsale plays Alice in a 1998 version of Through the Looking-Glass. It's interesting to note that the film starts out with Beckinsale reading the story to her daughter and that when she becomes Alice, she is "seven and a half exactly".
    • Janet Waldo, a.k.a. Judy Jetson, was 42 when she voiced Alice in the Hanna-Barbera version. Of course, adults voicing children is very common in the voice acting industry and the character was drawn as a preteen, but it still might make her the oldest person to play Alice.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Want to see Anglia Television's adaptation? You do? Sorry, it's never been repeated, or released onto video, or onto DVD.