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A 1949 British-French film based on Creator/LewisCarroll's book ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', directed by Dallas Bower and featuring stop-motion puppets created by Lou Bunin. This adaptation features a unique FramingDevice in which Lewis Carroll (Stephen Murray) tells the story to Alice Liddell (Carol Marsh) and her sisters on a boat ride. A la ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', several people introduced during the live-action sequences have counterparts in Wonderland, voiced by the same actors.

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A 1949 British-French film based on Creator/LewisCarroll's book ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', directed by Dallas Bower and featuring stop-motion {{stop motion}} puppets created by Lou Bunin. This adaptation features a unique FramingDevice in which Lewis Carroll (Stephen Murray) tells the story to Alice Liddell (Carol Marsh) and her sisters on a boat ride. A la ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', several people introduced during the live-action sequences have counterparts in Wonderland, voiced by the same actors.


This film would undoubtedly be more widely known today if it did not have the misfortune of going into production around the same time Creator/{{Disney}} was making their own ''[[WesternAnimation/AliceInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]''. Though the two works have nothing in common apart from being based on the same source material, Disney sensed competition and set out to crush their opponent's chances of success. A lengthy court battle ensued, during which Disney [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope erroneously claimed to own the rights]] to ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'' itself. Though the case was ultimately thrown out of court, the damage was done and Bower's film was not widely distributed in the United States. To this day it remains largely forgotten, with Disney's influence even having had a negative impact on its preservation. Because of their pre-existing arrangement with Technicolor, this film had to be shot in inferior Ansco Color, which deteriorated badly over time.

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This film would undoubtedly be more widely known today if it did not have the misfortune of going into production around the same time Creator/{{Disney}} was making their own ''[[WesternAnimation/AliceInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]''. Though the two works have nothing in common apart from being based on the same source material, Disney sensed competition and set out to crush their opponent's chances of success. A lengthy court battle ensued, during which Disney [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope erroneously claimed to own the rights]] to the ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'' story itself. Though the case was ultimately thrown out of court, the damage was done and Bower's film was not widely distributed in the United States. To this day it remains largely forgotten, with Disney's influence even having had a negative impact on its preservation. Because of their pre-existing arrangement with Technicolor, this film had to be shot in inferior Ansco Color, which deteriorated badly over time.


Due to [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope a legal dispute with]] Creator/{{Disney}}, who were making [[WesternAnimation/AliceInWonderland their own adaptation of the story]] around the same time, the film was not widely distributed in the United States. To this day it remains largely forgotten, with Disney's influence even having had a negative impact on its preservation. Because of their pre-existing arrangement with Technicolor, this film had to be shot in inferior Ansco Color, which deteriorated badly over time.

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Due This film would undoubtedly be more widely known today if it did not have the misfortune of going into production around the same time Creator/{{Disney}} was making their own ''[[WesternAnimation/AliceInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]''. Though the two works have nothing in common apart from being based on the same source material, Disney sensed competition and set out to crush their opponent's chances of success. A lengthy court battle ensued, during which Disney [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope a legal dispute with]] Creator/{{Disney}}, who were making [[WesternAnimation/AliceInWonderland their erroneously claimed to own adaptation of the story]] around rights]] to ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'' itself. Though the same time, case was ultimately thrown out of court, the damage was done and Bower's film was not widely distributed in the United States. To this day it remains largely forgotten, with Disney's influence even having had a negative impact on its preservation. Because of their pre-existing arrangement with Technicolor, this film had to be shot in inferior Ansco Color, which deteriorated badly over time.


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* BaitAndSwitch:BaitAndSwitchComment: At first it seems the Knave of Hearts might be confessing during Alice's trial.

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* BaitAndSwitch:
-->'''The Knave of Hearts:''' It's perfectly true what she says. The Knave of Hearts ''did'' steal the tarts.
-->'''Jury Members:''' He ''did?!''
-->'''The Knave of Hearts:''' Only... ''[points to Alice]'' ''she'' is the Knave of Hearts.


* ImprobableHairstyle: The Knave of Hearts has long dark hair parted in the middle that swoops into two huge curls sticking out on either side of his head. It's very reminiscent of buffalo horns, oddly enough.

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* ImprobableHairstyle: The Knave of Hearts has long dark hair parted in the middle that swoops into two huge curls sticking out on either side of his head. It's very reminiscent of buffalo horns, oddly enough. None of the other [[PlayingCardMotifs face cards]] sport such an outlandish hairdo, not even his fellow Knaves, who have traditional pageboy cuts.


A 1949 French film based on Creator/LewisCarroll's book ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', directed by Dallas Bower and featuring stop-motion puppets created by Lou Bunin. This adaptation features a unique FramingDevice in which Lewis Carroll (Stephen Murray) tells the story to Alice Liddell (Carol Marsh) and her sisters on a boat ride. A la ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', several people introduced during the live-action sequences have counterparts in Wonderland, voiced by the same actors.

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A 1949 French British-French film based on Creator/LewisCarroll's book ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', directed by Dallas Bower and featuring stop-motion puppets created by Lou Bunin. This adaptation features a unique FramingDevice in which Lewis Carroll (Stephen Murray) tells the story to Alice Liddell (Carol Marsh) and her sisters on a boat ride. A la ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', several people introduced during the live-action sequences have counterparts in Wonderland, voiced by the same actors.

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* PluckyGirl: Alice, who faces her predicaments with courage and determination.


* ArcWords: "And so on down the line" comes up several times in songs throughout the film, referring the varying (and in some cases fleeting) importance of individuals in a society divided by rank and class. It's meant to emphasize how Lewis Carroll created Wonderland as a satire of Victorian England.

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* ArcWords: "And so on down the line" comes up several times in songs throughout the film, referring to the varying (and in some cases fleeting) importance of individuals in a society divided by rank and class. It's meant to emphasize how Lewis Carroll created Wonderland as a satire of Victorian England.

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* ArcWords: "And so on down the line" comes up several times in songs throughout the film, referring the varying (and in some cases fleeting) importance of individuals in a society divided by rank and class. It's meant to emphasize how Lewis Carroll created Wonderland as a satire of Victorian England.

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* AuthorAvatar: InUniverse, Lewis Carroll's Wonderland equivalent is the Knave of Hearts. That's rather odd, because while Carroll is Alice's friend in the real world, the Knave is antagonistic toward her.


* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/LewisCarroll himself, Queen Victoria, and Prince Albert.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/LewisCarroll himself, Queen Victoria, UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria, and Prince Albert.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/LewisCarroll himself, Queen Victoria, and Prince Albert.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: Plenty of it in Alice's trial.
-->'''Alice:''' That isn't my handwriting!
-->'''The White Rabbit:''' She must have imitated someone else's hand.
-->'''The Queen of Hearts:''' That proves her guilt!

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