Western Animation: The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland
The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland
(1987) is the third and final theatrical film in the Care Bears
The Care Bears are given a mission by The White Rabbit of Wonderland, who is Swift Heart's uncle. The Princess of Heart has gone missing, and the Succession Crisis
will give an evil wizard the crown. The Care Bears go searching for her, but instead find a girl named Alice, who is a dead ringer for the Princess. She is convinced to impersonate the princess to stall for time while the Care Bears go searching for the real one.
Unfortunately, the wizard is on to this scheme, and hopes to expose Alice for what she is. It's up to Alice to prove her worth, and the Care Bears to find the real princess in time.
The plot basically has more in common with The Prisoner of Zenda
than Alice in Wonderland
The box office for this film was the lowest of the three, causing a fourth film, Care Bears Nutcracker Suite
, to be a TV movie. There would be no further movies until Direct-to-Video
films in the Turn of the Millennium
. Incidentially, despite being the lowest grossing theatrical Care Bears
film, it was distributed by the film distribution subsidiary of a Canadian movie theatre company, Cineplex Odeon (now known as Cineplex Entertainment
The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptational Heroism: The Queen of Hearts, of all people, gets this.
- Bag of Kidnapping: Dim and Dum try to kidnap Alice this way, it looks like they succeeded but they got a pillow instead.
- Captain Ersatz: Dim and Dum from Adventures in Wonderland are blatant copies of Beastly. Dim even has the same voice.
- Chekhov's Gun: Dim and Dum's fear of spiders is what enables the Cheshire Cat to provide a distraction long enough for Alice and the princess to switch places.
- Damsel in Distress: Turns out that the Wonderland princess is being held captive by the Jabberwocky.
- Deranged Animation: One frame during the wizard's song shows his face deformed to freaky proportions.
- Digging to China: No one digs a hole, but a brief scene shows that Australia is upside-down.
- Emergency Impersonation: After trying to find the princess, but finding a girl who looks just like her, they have Alice pretend to be the princess while the search continues.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Wonderland didn't have a princess in the books. It does here.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: When the princess revives dying plants, it's done with a shower of sparkles.
- Evil Chancellor: The royal wizard, our Big Bad, abuses his authority in his quest to become king.
- Garden Hose Squirt Surprise: Subverted in the credits. Bright Heart Raccoon is watering the flowers when the water stops. It turned out that Lotsa Heart Elephant had her foot on the hose which made the water stop, then she lifts her foot up again, causing the water to flow again. Bright Heart briefly looks in the hose before looking over to see Lotsa Heart walking away casually, just as the water then squirts out of the hose while Bright Heart was holding it away from himself.
- Great Big Book of Everything: The Book of Wonder. It holds the rules that govern Wonderland. The physical book is so large that two minions, Dim and Dum, struggle to carry it.
- Green Thumb: A princess's touch has the power to revive dying plants.
- Hair Decorations: The princess wears a red ribbon in her hair.
- Hannibal Lecture: The wizard gives this to Alice, convinced she can't impersonate the Princess properly.
- The Hat Makes the Man: The Mad Hatter's hats cause personality changes to the wearers.
- Hypocrite: During his Villain Song, the Wizard goes on and on about how the insanity of Wonderland is not right and that it needs rules and order brought to it. He does this all while participating in the craziness, if not occasionally causing it.
- Identical Stranger: Alice to the princess.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The main characteristic of Alice.
- Nightmare Face: The wizard sports one for a brief second during his Villain Song.
- No Name Given: Neither the Queen nor the Princess of Wonderland are known by anything other than their royal titles.
- Pimped-Out Dress: The Princess of Wonderland has quite a few of course, so does the queen.
- Princess Classic: In Wonderland, a princess is so pure, there's a test for being a "true princess"... which a normal girl can apparently pass provided she fails by doing the right thing.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: The Wonderland princess has a pink dress (with purple trim) and royal cape, which rounds out her princess tropes.
- Rampage from a Nail: The Jabberwocky, who's in a state of crankiness due to a thorn stuck in his paw. With the combined effort of everyone, the thorn is removed, inciting the Jabberwocky's Heel-Face Turn.
- Reality Warper: The Cheshire Cat. It's actually quite impressive.
- Save the Princess: The Care Bears set out to find the Wonderland princess while Alice undergoes training to impersonate her.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the wizard starts going into his Villainous Breakdown, Dim and Dum can be seen tiptoeing away with armloads of suitcases and a teddy bear.
- Succession Crisis: Invoked by the wizard kidnapping the princess before her coronation.
- Symbol Motif Clothing: The heart symbols on the regalia worn by the queen and princess of Wonderland.
- The Theme Park Version: Does this for Wonderland.
- True Blue Femininity: One of the Princess's fancy dresses is bright blue.
- Unicorn: Alice encounters an injured unicorn foal in the mountains while on her way back from retrieving the spring water she needed for her princess test. She gives the water to the unicorn instead...which, it turns out, was exactly the sort of thing she needed to do to pass.
- Villain Song: "When I'm the King of Wonderland"
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: The Cheshire Cat.