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An episode of a show is a Whole Plot Reference to Alice In Wonderland.

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deltanine on Feb 13th 2012 at 7:34:21 AM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Feb 17th 2018 at 6:50:16 PM
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An episode of a show does an Alice in Wonderland take and sends a character though a version of Wonderland with other characters from his/her franchise taking the forms of the characters in the characters from the main series. A Sub-Trope of Whole Plot Reference, as it does with Alice in Wonderland what Off to See the Wizard does with The Wizard of Oz.


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  • In one Pearls Before Swine comic incident, the crocodile Larry and the Zeebra end up in a wonderland dimension. Larry turns small and then the Zeebra eats him. Then he gets acquitted by the queen, and then he meets the Ratterpiller, who goes mad and grows huge after eating a large eggplant. Then he EATS THE OTHER PEARLS CHARACTERS!!! Turns out that it didn't really happen and it was really the rat writing the Pearls comic while the real cartoonist was on vacation.

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Feb 13th 2012 at 9:31:01 AM

Sometimes the Wizard Of Oz gets used instead.

Feb 13th 2012 at 9:56:58 AM

As with Off To See The Wizard, most parodies will be of the most-familar version, in this case the Disney animated version (which combines elements of both of Lewis Carrol's Alice books, so even if they're doing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it's likely that Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee will show up, even though they're technically from Alice Through the Looking Glass).

  • The Muppet Show episode guest-starring Brooke Shields had the Show Within A Show be (instead of the usual Variety Show format) the Alice in Wonderland story. Some of the story also ends up backstage, with Brooke growing too large for her dressing room. [1]
  • AlfTales, the animated Alf show which did comical adaptations of fairy tales, did an Alice episode. [2]

Apr 10th 2012 at 8:45:46 AM

Apr 10th 2012 at 11:11:51 AM

  • Samurai Jack: The episode "Jack is Naked". Jack's clothes are stolen by a white rabbit which leads him down a deep hole. (That's all I've seen of the episode so far, but apparently it resembles Alice In Wonderland a lot).
  • Once Upon A Time: Partly. The show focuses on Alternate Character Interpretations of fairy tale characters, and one focused on the Mad Hatter and how he was betrayed by the Evil Queen and was stranded in Wonderland.

Apr 10th 2012 at 12:40:23 PM

You mention Card Captor Sakura, but there are actually two episodes. The first is when she captures The Little Card after it shrinks her. She spends most of that episode in an Alice-style dress. The second is when she gets sucked into the book of Alice In Wonderland and has to transform both The Little and The Big Cards.

Apr 10th 2012 at 12:54:32 PM

Apr 23rd 2012 at 11:55:55 AM

This probably needs a meta-trope, as I recall various sitcoms and cartoon series doing episodes most commonly based on Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Other classic stories done in this style include a Sleeping Beauty/Snow White, Gulliver's Travels, Romeo and Juliet, The Raven, and The Devil and Daniel Webster.

What these instances all have in common is the regular cast posing as characters from these well known tales, and the episode or parts of the episode featuring the homage to the classic tale being a dream, fantasy, or the result of a coma or trauma.

Apr 23rd 2012 at 12:17:29 PM

^ Also known as Whole Plot Reference, mentioned in the description.

Jul 3rd 2012 at 2:16:00 PM

Jul 4th 2012 at 1:40:38 AM

  • George Shrinks episode Becky in Wonderland, where he and Becky start reading the Alice In Wonderland book, then notice a white rabbit in the garden and then fall down the rabbit hole, leading to them having adventures in Wonderland. Turned out the episode was just their imagination.
  • Sesame Street had a special called Abby in Wonderland which had Abby Cadabby in the role of Alice.
  • A Superboy comic called Malice in Wonderland had the titular character end up in Wonderland.
  • There was a The Simpsons comic called Lisa in Wordland, where she ends up there after a bonk on the head.
  • Archie Comics: Betty in Wonderland, where she begins reading Alice in Wonderland to a group of kids, but then decides to tell them a story based on her and her friends called Betty in Wonderland.
  • I don't know if this counts, but there was an episode of Charmed where a pair of villains lure people to a location who have names similar to Alice (such as Alison, Alyssa, Alex etc.). They then do things like shrink them and torture them with mice (giant from the perspective of their victims). The reason I don't think it counts is because no one was actually transported off to Wonderland (or another dimension). Then again, we're counting the Card Captor Sakura episode with the Little Card, and all she did was put on the dress and get shrunk. She wasn't thrown into any alternate dimensions.

Jul 4th 2012 at 1:56:11 AM

Jul 4th 2012 at 3:12:40 AM

Hanaukyo Maid Tai has a manga chapter, where the Split Personality maid Cynthia/Grace dream about being Alice in Wonderland as twins.

Jul 4th 2012 at 5:31:06 AM

Jul 4th 2012 at 8:50:02 AM

In an episode of Arthur Binky has trouble writing a poem for his mother's birthday card and dreams he's in a rhyming land that's Wonderlanesque. Sorry, I misremembered the episode. If/when I can find the right one I'll post again.

Jul 5th 2012 at 4:31:26 AM

  • Sabrina The Teenage Witch episode Sabrina in Wonderland.
  • Scooby Doo episode Scooby in Wonderland, where Shaggy begins reading Scooby and Scrappy Alice in Wonderland as a bedtime story. Scooby then dozes off and his a dream where Scrappy is the White Rabbit (and the March Hare) and Scooby and Shaggy end up in the role of Alice.
  • Popeye episode Popeye in Wonderland, where he, Olive and Bluto take a trip to Wonderland.

Aug 30th 2013 at 4:20:48 PM

I think the episode, chapter whatever should not only have wonderland on the title to count but have the actual plot, even if it´s just the bare bones (lost characters meeting the wonderland counter parts, ending up with the queen), and not retelling of the story where the characters are the actual Alice and wonderlanders (ie. the Grimm Stories comic´s Wonderland series or the Once upon a Wonderland).

As far as actual examples of this trope perhaps theses:

  • Code Geass OVA Nunnaly in Wonderland where Lelouch is the narrator and the Mad Hatter
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland searching for the Cucko Bird.
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Aug 30th 2013 at 9:31:23 PM

No. Down The Rabbit Hole isn't necessarily a Wonderland reference, just someone going to a fantastical land.

Similarly, this trope would almost inevitably involve Down The Rabbit Hole, but not necessarily.

Sep 2nd 2013 at 6:03:20 AM

^ That's merely for the name Alice. This covers much more, but the Alice part is optional here.

Sep 2nd 2013 at 2:14:28 PM

The last sentence of the description of Alice Allusion: "Conversely, references to Alice in Wonderland can be listed even if they don't specifically use the name "Alice", since they are not a distinct trope."

Sep 2nd 2013 at 7:31:10 PM

^ "since they are not a distinct trope."

They are now. :P

Feb 12th 2018 at 6:51:28 PM

Interesting idea, but yeah, probably covered by Alice Allusion.

Feb 12th 2018 at 8:07:06 PM

Could you add a laconic, please?

Feb 13th 2018 at 1:46:35 AM

^^^ So your suggestion is to split off the examples from Alice Allusion that don't use the name "Alice" and move them to this trope?

Feb 13th 2018 at 5:10:35 AM

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Feb 13th 2018 at 6:38:29 AM

The Animaniacs, Mindy and Buttons episode, “Mindy in Wonderland,” is a whole episode parody of Alice in Wonderland with Mindy as Alice and Rita as the Cheshire Cat.

Feb 13th 2018 at 7:39:00 AM

  • The 1934 Betty Boop short Betty in Blunderland is based on the book (or, more precisely, Paramount's film version released the previous year).

Does Porky In Wackyland count?

Feb 13th 2018 at 9:32:01 AM

The The Dumping Ground special episode "Jody in Wonderland" has Jody follow a rabbit into a version of Wonderland. The Alice In Wonderland characters are played by the rest of the cast and its eventually revealed to be All A Dream.

Feb 14th 2018 at 3:08:19 PM

^^ Porky In Wackyland has very little to do with Alice In Wonderland apart from the title and the general Mind Screw, without any particular allusions, to say nothing about being a Whole Plot Reference.

Feb 17th 2018 at 6:34:57 PM

It has to be the whole episode or just part of it?? If that's so...

Anime and Manga:

  • The final section of episode 5 of Pop Team Epic has the iconic rabit with the clock and Popuko chasing it over a desert highway later revealed as the Route 66. In the first version (female voice), the rabbit says "I'm late, I'm late" when Popuko yells "wait for me!", but in the repetition (male voice), the rabbit is singing a Mondegreen of "Born to be Wild" when Popuko tries to shut it up.

Feb 17th 2018 at 6:50:16 PM

If it's just part of it, it's Alice Allusion. That has been a trope for years and should probably get mentioned.