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YMMV: Alice in Wonderland

The 1951 Disney Classic:

  • Adaptation Displacement: There are those who only know about this film and don't know about the original book (usually little kids), though it's not nearly as common as it is with many of Disney's other films. Especially since there are so many non-Disney adaptations out there it's hard not to be aware of at least one.
  • Dry Docked Ship: Alice and the Mad Hatter, the reason for this being that the actors who play the characters at Disneyland are dating.
  • Ear Worm: Pretty much every song, but especially those you hear at the Mad Tea Party.
    • "A very merry unbirthday to you!" "To me?" "To you!" "Oh me!"
    • "I'm late! I'm late!"
    • "Forward backward inward outward come and join the chase! Nothing could be dryer than a jolly Caucus Race!"
  • Memetic Mutation: People telling the Queen to shut her trap seems to be pretty popular.
    • Even Disney themselves did this: In the 2008 documentary Picture Perfect: The Making of Sleeping Beauty, a clip of the Queen of Hearts plays when discussing Verna Felton, who voiced the Queen of Hearts, Flora the Good Fairy, and many other Disney characters. She bellows, "Off with their heads!", before the documentary cuts to Fauna exclaiming, "Now dear, that isn't a very nice thing to say!" Whether the makers of the meme received inspiration from this currently seems unknown.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Just listen to this rendition of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat".
  • Tear Jerker: "Very Good Advice", which is pretty much "Heroic Self-Deprecation: The Song". Also an in-universe example, as the song ends up having all the Ugly Cute birds in the Tulgey Wood start crying with sympathy while she sings.
  • Ugly Cute: The animals in the Tulgey Wood. Especially all the strange looking birds. Who's a cute widdle living birdcage?
    • The Glasses Birds especially. They're pretty much Adorkable personified (as birds).
    • The Cheshire Cat, although he's more "Creepy Cute". Alice's reaction when he first shows up implies that she thinks this too.
  • Vindicated by History: The film opened to a lukewarm box office and mostly hostile reviews in 1951. Walt himself voiced Creator Backlash against the film and famously declared that it had failed because "Alice lacked heart" (it's somewhat unclear whether by "Alice" he meant the film or the character). In the decades since, it has become better regarded by both critics and general audiences and is now thought as something of a minor classic.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Perhaps even moreso than the books. (And the film was famously popular with stoners and acid droppers during The Sixties.)
  • The Woobie: Alice has her moments, especially in the "Very Good Advice" sequence. The White Rabbit also qualifies, due to the fact that he's seemingly the only Wonderlander with the blessing of sanity and despite this (or indeed, because of this) constantly gets the short end of the stick.

The 2010 Tim Burton film:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Interpretations that the White Queen is evil are not uncommon. This is actually an interpretation somewhat supported by Anne Hathaway, who claims that she tries as hard as she can to not give in to her "inner darkness".
    • The Lord Ascot: Did he sincerely believe Alice was her father's daughter? Or did he give her an internship to tighten his hold over her father's company now that she was not marrying his half-wit son? Oh, sure, he was polite and gracious enough, but going along with his wife's plan of an arranged marriage without the consent and knowledge of the unsuspecting bride?
    • Alice at the end: Oh, this is fun... Did she leave her Wonderland because there's no place like home, or because she realized Underland was just as restricted as Victorian England because destiny says so, and home is a little more free.
    • Did she travel to China to become a woman of the modern, career-driven feminist archetype? Or is she going to ditch the company first chance she gets and return to Underland? Hey, before she sailed off she'd pretty much wrapped up her life in England, canceled the engagement, set her brother-in-law straight, said goodbye to her mother and sister, and most importantly, ensured her father's dream reached beyond the limits of his life.
    • When the Knave of Hearts is told he will be chained to The Red Queen for the rest of their lives, he immediately draws a weapon before being disarmed. Was he about to kill her... or himself? Or was he going to kill the White Queen (or both queens)? The latter interpretation would account for the Hatter's pissed-off look when he threw the scissors to disarm him.
    • How about Aunt Imogen's dreams of a prince who can't marry her? Perhaps she was left at the altar by a former betrothed (or engaged to someone who died), and she clung to her delusions rather than accept the painful truth.
  • Awesome Music: The theme song, Avril Lavigne's "Almost Alice".
    • The other theme song, Danny Elfman's "Alice's Theme".
  • Cargo Ship:
    • The Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's Hat. He brought it on himself.
    • The White Queen can make furniture fall in love with her. Although that could be a reference to the fact that the role of most furniture is played by animals in the Red Queen's kingdom.
    • The Jabberwock and the Vorpal Blade sure seem to have a lot of history.
  • Cliché Storm: Though not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Crack Pairing: Alice/Mad Hatter gets in with a bit of UST. The pairing was originally intended to be canon, according to an early version of the script. Strong hints remain in the film's novelization and one of the visual guides, which states that "Although Alice and Tarrant (The Mad Hatter) do care for each other, they are not compatible because she is always either too tall or too small."
    • For some, Mad Hatter/White Queen is the preferred ship, and actually receives a bit of supporting evidence in the video game adaptation. Since neither one is precisely sane, it gives a new meaning to Crack Pairing.
  • Critical Dissonance: It received mixed/average if not negative reviews from critics, but it was well-loved by the public, breaking $1 billion at the box office.
  • Crazy Awesome: What did you expect? This is Johnny Depp playing one of the most legendary Cloudcuckoolanders in the history of fiction.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: While most people seem to be doing this to the Knave of Hearts, others were more sympathetic to the Red Queen. Especially when it turns out that he didn't love her as he had been leading on.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Alice/Hatter within the fandom and in the movieverse as well.
  • Girls Need Role Models: According to some critics, Alice is a good one because "she is not girly".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When first presented the Oraculum, the Red Queen states that "[She] would know that tangled mess of hair anywhere." Later, Alice is in front of the Queen, buck naked and twenty feet tall, and the Queen doesn't recognize her.
  • I Am Not Shazam: As everyone who's read it knows, Jabberwocky is a poem, and the creature that's slain in it is called the Jaberwock. But in this movie, the monster itself is called the Jabberwocky.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Look at the Red Queen when she's being given her Fate Worse than Death. Considering that every last person she's ever known has now completely turned against her and that no one will even look at her again (except maybe Stayne)... yeah. Not quite the Villainous Breakdown we were expecting, huh?
    • Not to mention that what the White Queen said about the Red Queen not having a single friend is exactly zero change from the Red Queen's previous position. Everyone in her court, including Um-Alice, was faking disfigurement to gain the Red Queen's apparently-legitimate sympathy. No one actually liked her. She was Ax-Crazy, but...
  • Narm: The futterwacken. Maybe if it was more like a Highland reel?
  • Nausea Fuel: Alice crossing the moat of heads; later, the White Queen's recipe for pishalver (shrinking potion) which includes "buttered fingers", horsefly urine, and spit.
  • Older Than They Think: People have been lauding it for being a Darker and Edgier sequel to the Alice books (based on the trailers and information available). Burton personally preferred it when it was interactive. Interestingly, it might count as a subversion of the (now fairly cliched) Dark Alice idea, given that its tone is cheerfully eccentric rather than depressing and the later reveal that when younger, Alice had the lighter adventures of the novels; things are darker in her second trip because of the Red Queen taking over.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Christopher Lee as the Jabberwocky, who only manages to deliver a couple of brief yet powerful lines before Alice slices his tongue off.
    • Marton Csokas as Alice's patient, loving, slightly-odd father in the very first scene of the film.
  • Purity Sue: The White Queen when we first meet her. Everyone loves her, she won't hurt a living thing, and her lethal cooking turns into a save-the-day cure. Subverted when she delivers a bout of Cruel Mercy to her sister and the Knave. There IS a reason Hathaway's performance is more memorable than our leading lady's. According to the actress, her over-the-top "princess" mannerisms are the character overcompensating for fear of becoming evil. Note how much more naturally she behaves in the scene with the dog after her courtiers have left.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Alice and the Mad Hatter in older versions of the script. So much so that their relationship was devolved to Unresolved Sexual Tension, with no actual confirmation of any romantic feelings between the two.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: An older Alice returns to a Darker and Edgier, Gothic Wonderland that has been twisted by the rule of an evil queen. Alice, under the guidance of the Cheshire Cat, must Take a Level in Badass, defeat a Breaking Speech from Jabberwocky and end the queen's rule. This movie was pretty much the final nail in the coffin for anyone hoping for an American McGee's Alice movie; the amount of similarities would have critics shouting "Rip-Off!"
  • Squick:
    • You really don't want to know what's in all of those drinks/food items you've been consuming, Alice.
    • Adding a "butterfinger" gets squicky when you see it's an actual finger.
    • And the stepping stones Alice uses to cross the moat to the Queen's Castle? Those are not statue heads, mind you.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Some fans seem to feel this way about the relationship between the Hatter and Alice.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Plenty of people completely wrote the film off because of this.
  • They Just Didn't Care: "Jabberwocky" is the name of the poem; the creature itself was always just the Jabberwock. A rather surprising piece of research failure that grated upon the ears of anyone familiar with the original — or perhaps not so surprising, given what they did to the rest of the story.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: So, let me get this straight; you get Christopher Lee - Christopher Lee - to voice the Jabberwocky...and you only give him two lines and then have Alice cut his tongue out? Why does he have an enmity with the Vorpal Sword? Why does he stick by the Red Queen's side? I guess we'll never know because you sliced off his tongue!
  • Ugly Cute: Oos a cuddwy widdle Bandersnatch? (Don't try to deny it.)
  • Uncanny Valley: Aside from Alice, every single character, even the ones that are supposed to be neutral or the good guys, look unsettling as hell. To put in perspective, the Cheshire Cat with his perma-grin looks the least scary.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The film ends with Alice organizing a trade expedition to China. Anybody with a decent knowledge of history should know how the British treated China during the age of imperialism, and it wasn't pretty.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • The Red Queen. Probably counts as Draco in Leather Pants...except what she does isn't forgivable.
      • Not necessarily unintentional either...
    • The Jabberwocky seemed like a pretty cool guy. You probably could have made a deal with him to leave the field if you'd just given him the stupid sword, Alice. Given that the Jabberwock is the only one who stuck with the Red Queen by his own free will (all the others were just afraid of him) instead of just toasting the wench, it is probably safe to assume he is really her loyal pet, or a kind of construct at her service, or simply an immensely evil being amused by the sight of Underland suffering the tyranny of the Queen.
  • The Untwist: Alice turned out to be the right Alice after all.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: People gripe about the basic plotline and lighthearted tone—only to be shocked when they see that it is, in fact, targeted towards children.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The movie is arguably a result of Burton running with the theory that Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was at least in part political commentary of the Wars of the Roses, with the Queen of Hearts being combined with the Red Queen of Through the Looking Glass (thus taking the possible symbol of "painting the roses red" — possibly an allegory for Lancaster aggression against the house of York, which was symbolized by white roses—and combining it with the imagery of Red (Lancaster) and White (York) Queens going to war). Evidence for this interpretation includes Johnny Depp's deliberate switches to a ridiculously over-the-top Scottish accent whenever he talks about rising up against the queen.
  • The Woobie: The March Hare, who comes pre-broken (and to get this out of the way, arguably, the Hatter in his less subversive moods).
    The Hare: ...cup?

The 2010 game:

  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The game proved a disappointment to many fans of the movie.
    • The console version got average reviews; the DS version, however, got a few fans and is considered fairly good.

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