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Use your imagination and you'll understand
It's an adventure in Wonderland.
Theme song
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Adventures in Wonderland is a live action children's sitcom and a loose adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which ran on the Disney Channel from March 1992 to 1995 and reran until 1998. In the series, Alice (played by Elisabeth Harnois) is portrayed as a teenage girl who can come to and from Wonderland simply by walking through her bedroom mirror (a reference to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass).

The usual episode format consists of Alice coming home from school and talking to her cat, Dinah, about a problem facing her that day, then going into Wonderland and finding the residents (all of whom she considers her friends) facing a similar crisis, and returning to the real world with An Aesop relating to her own problem. Notably, most episodes include as many as three or four musical numbers. Along with standard life lessons, the series was meant to introduce young viewers to various literary conventions and elements of story.

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The entire series finally became available on Disney+ starting April 30, 2021.note 


This show invokes the following tropes:

  • Acid-Trip Dimension: Alice steps through her mirror into one Once per Episode on her way to Wonderland.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Happens to The Hare in the episode "Vanity Hare", after the Queen awards him the Smarty Pants Medal for helping her solve her crossword.
  • Acrofatic: Though he's always shown sitting in one spot, the Caterpillar can be seen doing various athletic activities, such as lifting weights and playing basketball.
  • Actor Allusion: Featured one within the same series: the host of Lifestyles of the Royal and Famous, Hugh B. Happy, is played by the same actor as the Caterpillar, who remarks while watching that he seems familiar.
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  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The Queen, the Hatter, and especially Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, who are sleek, athletic dancers instead of the fat little twins of tradition, and the Duchess, who goes from a Gonk to Teri Garr.
  • Adaptational Dye-Job: The Caterpillar is green instead of blue.
    • Dinah has shaggy grey and white fur instead of the orange and white fur of the animated film.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Pretty much every single character is much friendlier, more reasonable and more affable than their counterparts in either the original book or the movie. It's most notable with the Queen, who's stubborn and short tempered, but essentially a well meaning Jerk with a Heart of Gold who still genuinely cares for others.
    • The Cheshire Cat is a curious example. He's definitely an Adaptational Nice Guy compared to his original movie counterpart — but that version was an Adaptational Jerkass compared to the Cheshire Cat of the book, who was much closer in tone and temperament to the version we see in this show. He's still The Gadfly to an extent that his book counterpart wasn't, but where his movie counterpart would actively and gleefully get Alice into trouble with a murderous Queen, when this version decides to mess with the other characters it's generally by realizing that someone's about to do something stupid and then not warning them about it.
    • Also noticeable with the Walrus, as he's gone from being a huckster to a sweet, friendly fellow with a moral conscience. Interestingly enough, the stereotypes most of the characters name about walruses in his first episode (that they are smelly, rude, and dishonest) seem to apply more to the canonical version than this one, although that Walrus was just the subject of a poem and never actually appeared in Wonderland.
    • The one character who totally averts this trope is Alice, who was already a pretty sweet kid in previous versions and as such didn't need to become nicer.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Duchess is introduced as a nasty, child-abusing grouch in a kitchen full of irritating pepper, then reappears later as a silly, overly friendly figure who finds nonsensical morals in everything Alice says. In this series, her baby, pepper and moralizing are Adapted Out, and instead she's a caricature of a Proper Lady and a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing whose so-called friendship with the Queen consists entirely of competing with her.
  • Adipose Rex: The Queen, of the Big Beautiful Woman variety.
  • Affectionate Parody: The songs, which send up everything from country and rock to jazz and the blues.
    • The Queen's music video for "Red Letter Day" in the episode "A Change of Heart" references Madonna's video for "Vogue," especially in the black and white part.
    • "To Tear is Human" contains a song called "That Tears Me Up" that's a clear parody of "Achy Breaky Heart."
    • The final episode, "A Wonderland Howl-oween", features spoofs of three classic horror movies, namely Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Wolf Man.
  • An Aesop: Each episode has its own moral. Some include:
    • "Bah, Hamburger" seems like it could be your standard "junk food is bad" episode: it's revealed that Tweedle Dum has suddenly developed a taste for nothing but burgers and fries, and to save himself, he must consult with the Ghosts of Nutrition Past, Present, and Future. But the episode (unlike others in the same genre) goes out of its way to point out that "eating healthy" doesn't mean "eat nothing but vegetables"—the characters frequently discuss how things like chicken, pasta, and fruits are equally good for you. Also, Tweedle Dum eventually decides that eating junk food is fine every once in a while, rather than swearing off of it forever.
    • "I Am the Walrus" tackles the topic of racism. Specifically, a walrus is moving to Wonderland, and everyone but the Queen of Hearts has "heard from people who heard from people" that walruses are horrible creatures who don't deserve respect. The episode also explains that racism doesn't have to be blatant to be hurtful: most of the characters, rather than outright stating they dislike the Walrus, find excuses to exclude him or on some occasions tell little white lies to stop spending time with him.
    • "TV or Not TV?" takes the same tack as "Bah, Hamburger." The conflict of the episode sees Hatter, Hare, and the Tweedles doing nothing for three days but watch television. Both the Red Queen and the White Rabbit repeatedly point out that there's nothing inherently wrong with a little TV, with the former even reminding Alice that she likes to watch, too. Rather, the lesson is "Don't watch television in excess, to the exclusion of your friends, hobbies, and health." There are also smaller Aesops about the negative habits related to the guys' constant TV watching, like eating junk food non-stop (because they're too lazy to prepare proper meals) and not getting any exercise.
    • "Bubble Trouble" handles the green aesop pretty well by mentioning better ways to get rid of water and even mentioning why you shouldn't just toss your wastewater in the stream or on the ground (as the chemicals could seep into the groundwater), even mentioning that it's just one person who can pollute the water source. However, it does also end on a bright note saying that the spring could be cleaned and will eventually be drinkable - as opposed to the usual doom and gloom Aesops.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: A variation, as Alice would end most episodes discussing the day's aesop with her cat Dinah, providing the lesson in a way that wasn't disconnected from the rest of the episode. Sometimes, the lessons weren't that much of an Aesop as they were learning about something like spelling homonyms, what adverbs are, or what the compass rose symbols are.
  • Annoying Patient: The Hatter becomes this to the Queen and the Rabbit in "The Hatter Who Came to Dinner," after he hurts his back while trimming the Queen's hedges and has to stay in bed at the palace. Made worse when he keeps Playing Sick even when his back feels better so he can keep living in luxury.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Alice's younger brother Brian, who never appears onscreen, but whom she complains about often to Dinah. Alice herself also sometimes plays this role to her older sister Kathy (e.g. snooping in her room or borrowing her perfume without permission), though her adventures in Wonderland always teach her An Aesop about what she's done by the end.
  • Anti-Escapism Aesop: "TV or Not TV" and its anti-television aesop. It's somewhat softened by the fact that both the Red Queen and the White Rabbit say that watching television is OK in moderation throughout the episode.
  • Artistic License – Animal Care: Alice is depicted sometimes having a goldfish in a bowl with only water. This is a very bad thing to do with goldfish as it does not leave enough space. However, she only has the goldfish in her room a few times, and it's mentioned that the fish actually belongs to her brother, not to her. This suggests that it might be a temporary place while her family cleans the tank.
  • Art Shift: Whenever the Caterpillar reads a story, it turns to claymation.
  • Audience Participation: One activity at Epcot's AT&T Global Neighborhood, located at the exit of Spaceship Earth from 1994-2007, allowed visitors to help Alice find Dinah via a voice-activated TV.
  • Bad "Bad Acting":
    • Happens in the episode "From Hare to Eternity", when the Queen has to pretend to be in danger so the Hare can believe he's saved her life.
    • Hatter, Hare, and the Tweedles all do this in "Gratitude Adjustment" when they pretend to fall down so the Queen can help them up and earn their thanks.
  • Balloon Belly:
    • One episode, "He's Not Heavy, He's My Hatter," features the Hatter gaining a noticeable amount of weight after eating too many cookies. Subverted in that, instead of instantly returning to normal, the rest of the episode centers around him trying to lose the extra pounds.
    • The Hatter, Hare and Tweedles also gain balloon bellies in "TV or Not TV" from eating too much junk food and getting no exercise. Unlike in the earlier episode, they do instantly return to normal once they give up their TV addiction.
  • Batman Gambit: Brilliantly pulled off by the Mad Hatter in "Copy Catter Hatter" to outsmart his aptly-named titular cousin.
    Mad Hatter: Righty-roo, while I kept a completely different design for myself!
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The Aesop of "The Adventures of Spectacular Man." The Hatter discovers that being a superhero means having no time for tea.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT imply the Caterpillar's stories aren't original unless you want to face his wrath.
  • Big Brother Bully: Downplayed, but still occasionally shows up with Tweedle Dee. While the Tweedles usually get along great, Dee (the tallest of the two) has this tendency to be a little too fond of teasing and pushing around his smaller brother.
  • Big Eater:
    • The Caterpillar is the largest character in the show and is often shown eating. His favorite food appears to be mushrooms.
    • The Queen is shown to have a fondness for candy, ice cream, and pizza.
  • Big, Fat Future: In "Bah Hamburger," the Ghost of Nutrition Yet to Come shows Tweedle Dum that if he doesn't get his junk food habit under control, he'll become so enormous and round that he has to be rolled from place to place, and abandoned when his friends go to play games.
  • Big Fun:
    • Although his main function is The Storyteller, the oversized Caterpillar is a friendly soul who often likes to laugh and make jokes, in addition to offering advice.
    • The portly Walrus, once he's introduced, turns out to be a very cheerful and caring person who forgives the Wonderlandians for misjudging him.
    • The Queen also qualifies, as long as she's not in a bad mood. She often throws parties and can be
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The Duchess. Especially in "Take the Bunny and Run".
  • Black Boss Lady: The Queen of Hearts—African-American, and the only authority figure in Wonderland.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Invoked with the Caterpillar. In the episode "What Makes Rabbit Run", the Queen considers hiring the Caterpillar to be her campaign manager, but decides against it, saying he's "smart, but too slow".
  • Broken Treasure:
    • In the episode "This Bunny for Hire," the rabbit accidentally breaks a "crystal" vase belonging to the Queen, and has to take a second job plus various odd jobs in order to afford to replace it. It turns out the original vase was made of cheap glass.
    • Two other episodes also have the Rabbit ruin something that belongs to the Queen and struggle to fix it before she can find out. In "Pop Goes the Easel" he accidentally rips her newly-painted portrait, while in "Grape Juice of Wrath" he stains her throne cushion with grape juice.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While it only comes up in a few episodes, the Mad Hatter is actually shown to be quite skilled at designing and making hats. Averted when it comes to almost all of his and the Hare's other jobs, though.
  • Butt-Monkey: Rabbit. It's not easy working for the Queen.
  • Calvinball: Meewalk, a favorite game of the Wonderlanders, has only one rule—the rules can be changed at any time. The Queen takes this Up to Eleven by changing the rules after the game is over.
  • Canon Foreigner: Crystal, the seemingly sentient computer/TV monitor, is the only Wonderland "character" to have no counterpart from the original stories.
  • Carnivore Confusion: There never appears to be any conflict between the Dormouse and the Cheshire Cat. Then again, they were almost never shown onscreen together; possibly to avoid this.
  • Catchphrase:
    • The Mad Hatter's "How true that is", which eventually gets picked up by other characters. The Hatter also has "indeedy-do" and "righty-roo".
    • In addition, the Hatter will often ask Hare "Did you bring the [x]?" to which Hare will reply "I always bring the [x]" while pulling said item out from inside his coat.
    • The Queen's "Oh harrumph!" and tendency to call people "chucklehead".
    • The Caterpillar relating to the story he is going to read the characters ("I think you should listen to this story" or something similar).
  • Cats Are Snarkers: The Cheshire Cat, with some instances of the Visual Pun Literalist Snarking he displays in the movie.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • The Tweedles. In early episodes, they were interchangeable man children who mainly showed up to breakdance and rap. As time went on, though, they were shown to run the Wonderland newspaper and often turned up as reporters. They also took on their own individual traits, with Dee as a cool-headed Deadpan Snarker who was fond of teasing his brother and Dum as the cockier, more impulsive of the two. About halfway through the series they started sporting new outfits as well, featuring blue pants, red long-sleeve shirts, and colorful vests instead of the Hammer pants and chains from before.
    • True for the Hare, too. As actor Reece Holland pointed out in an interview on The Tiara Talk Show podcast, there wasn't much to the Hare at first aside from being the Hatter's bland sidekick. According to him, after about 30 episodes, the Hare developed into a proper Foil for the Hatter.
  • Christmas Episode: Apparently Christmas traditions in Wonderland include hanging fruits and vegetables as decorations, playing the 'Christmas kazoo', and bobbing for Christmas crabapples. And the citizens of Wonderland find the concept of a 'Christmas tree' to be extremely odd (which is understandable, if you think about it). Never mind the fact that it's odd a parallel world like Wonderland would even have a Christmas.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Both the Hare and the Hatter. The former usually moreso than the latter, oddly enough.
  • Clown Car Base: Dormouse's teapot home.
  • Clueless Detective: The Hatter and the Hare act as private eyes in "The Red Queen Crown Affair". They are, predictably, not very good at it and only solve the case by accident.
    • Subverted later on in "The Royalty Trap", when they are asked to find the Queen after she disappears. Despite what the Rabbit expects, they actually do correctly determine that the Queen is trapped in the Royal Tool Shed, but refuse to help her because it isn't in their (completely fabricated) job description.
  • Cold Open: Each episode starts with Alice in her house, talking to Dinah, before walking into the mirror, at which point the Theme starts.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Pretty much everybody does this at some point. It's turned Up to Eleven in the following exchange:
    Tweedle Dum: Okay. Hare should be here any minute. Any questions?
    Mad Hatter: Just one. If the word "knee" is spelled k-n-e-e, why isn't it pronounced "kuh-nee?"
    Tweedle Dee: Because the "K" is silent. But wait a minute... What does that have to do with the price of rice in—
    • Even the reasonable Alice falls victim to this trope occasionally. In an episode about pizza making, she declares that she only likes plain cheese. The Caterpillar suggests that she try a variety of flavors, and she replies "I like a variety of cheeses on my pizza!"
  • Composite Character: The Queen is based on the Queen of Hearts and Red Queen, and is even referred to as both on different occasions.
  • Compressed Vice: This appears a lot on this show. Several episodes have one or more characters abruptly developing a bad character trait—the Hatter can't resist reading the Hare's mail, Tweedle Dum has been eating junk food non-stop, the Hare develops a superiority complex, the Queen suddenly loses all patience for people talking during her speeches, all of the male characters sans the Rabbit & Dormouse start doing nothing but watch television...the list goes on. But after twenty-two minutes, the problem would be solved, and never brought up again.
  • The Conscience: While they all have their moments, the Hare often acts like one to the group whenever they reach a poor choice of judgment.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In "Happy Boo Boo Day", Alice gives the Queen a book called "Great Thoughts of the Red Queen" where she can write down her thoughts. The Queen is seen writing in this book in a later episode "On a Roll".
    • "He's Not Heavy, He's My Hatter" ends with the Hatter taking up jogging. The next episode, "Invasion of the Tweedle Snatchers", begins with him and the Hare coming back from a jog. The Hatter is even wearing the same purple workout clothes as he did in the previous episode.
    • "Lady and the Camp" has the Queen's camping trip terrorized by a possible wobear attack. In the later episode "Queen of the Beasts", she manages to catch one, even if it is only a baby.
    • "Rabbit De Niro", introduced in "The Rabbit Who Would Be King", is mentioned as one of the stars on the Famous Bunnies of Filmland cards later in "Card 54, Where Are You?".
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In "That's All, Jokes," after the Queen commands that her subjects and Alice stop their Compressed Vice of playing practical jokes on each other, she punishes them for pranking her personally (booby-trapping a flower so that streamers, balls and rubber chickens fell on her when she picked it) by pieing them all in the face.
  • Costume Evolution:
    • Most obvious with the Tweedles, who get completely new regular outfits halfway through the show that are more casual than the aggressively 90s Hammer pants they start out with. They also sport other clothes on occasion too, depending on the activity, such as overalls or golfing outfits.
    • The Hare gets a different, slightly less garish suit later on with stripes instead of zig-zags, as well as a new shirt and new bow tie. His hair also gets much larger and bushier.
    • More subtle but still noticeable with the White Rabbit, who gets a plaid vest and tie as well as more groomed fur.
  • Dark Is Evil: Three of the one-off villains are dressed head to toe in black.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: The Copy Catter Hatter. Complete with moustache, all-black outfit and shifty behavior.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • "Homing Pigeons" is the rare episode where the Cheshire Cat goes to see the Caterpillar for help and plays a major role in the plot.
    • "Metaphor Monday" focuses on the Tweedles' sibling rivalry, while "All That Glitters" and "Bah, Hamburger!" focus on Tweedle Dum specifically.
    • "Deface in the Crowd" turns out to be this for Pinniped. The Walrus discovers that his invisible friend started leaving graffiti around Wonderland after being ignored at the Hatter's Tea Party. However, Pinniped (allegedly) learns his lesson and the other characters agree to acknowledge him more. Of course, since we never see or hear Pinniped this is kind of an odd example.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Cheshire Cat and Tweedle Dee fit this role most consistently, especially in later episodes. However, pretty much anyone can drop a snarky remark at any time depending on the situation.
  • Demoted to Extra: While she always appears in the intro and outro, many episodes barely feature Alice at all, having her show up for a single scene or musical number while the other characters take center stage.
  • Diminishing Villain Threat: The Queen of Hearts is good-natured, though still a little short tempered (particularly toward the White Rabbit). She seems to be based more on the Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass (she's even called "the Red Queen" roughly half the time).
  • Distant Duet: The Hatter and his evil cousin do one in "Copy-Catter Hatter". The use of the Split Screen makes it seem like they're aware that it's happening.
  • Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": This was the Queen's Compressed Vice in the Thanksgiving episode "Gratitude Adjustment."
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • One episode, "All That Glitters," has a fruit that can make you very strong, but can make you sick if you have too much. Tweedle Dum takes it to increase his performance at a sport. This has some allusions to steroid abuse - fortunately he only "got sick", since steroid abuse can have all sorts of nasty side effects.
      • The same situation also has the queen note that the plant with said fruit on it is indeed beautiful, but it is not worth having in her garden due to its risk.
    • Another episode also has the White Rabbit bring in a plant from a cousin that, when watered, sprouts and covers everything in a manner very similar to Kudzu. In fact, Kudzu is the name of the Rabbit's cousin who owns the plant.
    • Intentional or not, some of the Hatter and Hare's duets are rife with Homoerotic Subtext. The main ones are "The Taffy Tango", where the two of them do a romantic dance while stretching a pink glob of taffy faster and faster until it explodes ("I'll pull this way/You pull the other"), and "The French Dip", which features the refrain "We're doing it" repeated over and over.
  • Drop-In Character: The Cheshire Cat, with his constant popping up at odd places, plays this to pretty much everyone in Wonderland — but especially to the Queen, who is by far the most likely to suddenly have the Cheshire Cat appear in her home without any kind of prior warning, to insert himself into whatever conversation is going on at the time. Unlike most examples of this trope, though, the Cheshire cat seldom outstays his welcome; he'll show up at the scene, deliver a few punchlines, set up a plot thread or give the other characters an idea, and then vanish again.
  • Eccentric Townsfolk: All the characters except Alice, naturally.
  • Edutainment Show: Downplayed. The show was partially conceived as a way to teach language comprehension, and several episodes do explain things like compound words, adverbs, and mnemonic devices to the viewer. Characters will also define any complex vocabulary words they use and translate terms from other languages. However, these lessons are often not the focus so much as the background for the show's sitcom plots. A good example is "Metaphor Monday": while the episode does explain what metaphors are and gives several examples, the plot mainly focuses on the Tweedles trying to outdo each other before agreeing to work together.
  • Embarrassment Plot: In one episode, Alice splits her pants and everyone else teases her. This makes her so embarrassed and offended that she hides until they apologize.
  • Everyone Has Standards: At one point, the Rabbit has Alice deliver bad news to the Queen instead of delivering it himself, because he knows the Queen wouldn't yell at a little girl.
  • Faint in Shock: The White Rabbit is prone to this in moments of extreme stress, sometimes multiple times in the same episode.
  • Fantastic Racism: The citizens of Wonderland have to learn tolerance when the Walrus moves into their neighborhood, with a bad reputation preceding "his kind".
  • Feud Episode: "Party Pooped" has the Hatter and Hare stop speaking after an argument, while "Metaphor Monday" has the Tweedles' sibling rivalry over a costume contest get out of hand.
  • Friendly Enemies: The Queen and the Duchess. They constantly compete, try to upstage one another, trade insults (the Duchess calls the Queen "Twinkle Toes" for no discernible reason), and mock each other. There's even an entire episode dedicated to their "antagonistic" relationship, with commentary from all of the Wonderlandians about the pair. However, at the end of that episode, the Queen and Duchess sing a duet together that reveals that while they may be bitter rivals, they do like each other deep down, to the point where they swear they'll be frenemies forever.
  • Furry Confusion: The anthropomorphic animal characters portrayed by actors in prosthetic noses and ears live alongside Talking Animals portrayed by puppets, and alongside normal, real animals.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Both the Hatter and the Hare have shown their fair share of wacky inventions; their most notable being a (supposed) time machine.
  • The Gadfly: The Cheshire Cat, who usually plays Trickster Mentor, but often seems to just be messing with the others because he thinks it's funny.
  • The Ghost: Alice's parents, older sister Kathy, younger brother Brian, best friend Kim, and pen pal Yvette. She talks about them to Dinah, but we never see them. In a few episodes they become The Voice, as we hear them either from offscreen or through Alice's phone. The Duchess is also mentioned but unseen for roughly the first two-thirds of the series, before she finally first appears in "Your Cheatin' Red Heart."
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • In "TV Or Not TV," Alice expresses concern that the Tweedles, the Hatter, and the Hare are more concerned with watching television than practicing softball for the upcoming Wonderland Picnic. The Queen tells her not to worry: "It's not like they're going to do nothing but sit there for three straight days and nights and watch TV!" We then cut to a montage of the group doing just that.
    • In "Card 54, Where Are You?" the Queen becomes obsessed with collecting a set trading cards and makes the White Rabbit, Alice and the Tweedles eat through hundreds of the cereal boxes they come in. The Rabbit insists that this won't be a problem, because "I never tire of Carrot Crunchies." Cue a close-up of the Rabbit eleven boxes later, forcing himself to keep eating, obviously sick of the stuff.
    • In "Game Shows People Play," the Queen is a contestant on "Name That Adverb" and gets to move on to the bonus round. "What's the bonus round?" she asks. We then cut to her sitting in a dunk tank, where she'll be dunked in cold water if she gets a single adverb wrong, asking "This is the bonus round?"
    • In "To Tear is Human", the White Rabbit assures Alice everyone's forgotten about her embarrassing pants-ripping incident. Cut to that very story on the front page of the Wonderland Times.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: A rare aversion (unless she's in one of her moods, but even then the worst she can do is yell or cancel a party). This is probably due to it being Lighter and Softer than the source material.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Tweedle Dum goes through this in "All That Glitters," when trying to decide whether or not to eat a fruit that will make him stronger but might make him sick.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Alice's annoyed "Oh, marshmallow!" when things don't go her way. The White Rabbit has a similar expression with "Oh, carrot sticks!"
  • Green Aesop: Several. "A Litter Help From My Friends" deals with littering, "Bubble Trouble" with water pollution, and "Weed Shall Overcome" with plant conservation.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: The March Hare bills himself this way for his magic act in "Off the Cuffs."
  • Halloween Episode: Two of them: "Boo Who?" and the series' final episode, "A Wonderland Howl-oween."
  • Harmless Freezing: In "Clan of the Cavebunny," the Wonderland gang finds a rabbit frozen in a block of ice in a cave, and once his ears are unfrozen, their movement reveals that he's alive. In the end, it turns out he's not the prehistoric "cavebunny" they assumed he was, but the White Rabbit's Uncle Hasenpfeffer, who's been missing for a year. Lampshaded when Alice objects that nothing frozen in a block of ice can still be alive, but the Hare reminds her that this is Wonderland.
  • Herr Doktor: The Hatter's disguise as Professor Memory in "Forget Me Knot".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The Hatter and the Hare.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: The episode "Hic-Hic-Hooray" has Tweedle Dum get the hiccups on the very day he's supposed to carry boxes of the Queen's fragile new china dishware.
  • Hidden Depths: Although she often acts immaturely, the Queen is occasionally shown to be quite intelligent and cunning and can even be a sort of Cool Big Sis to Alice. See, for example, "Odd Woman Out", where the Queen helps Alice get back at the men of Wonderland for forming a boys-only club. "Christmas In Wonderland" also gives us a rare look at her more wistful side.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: The Hare almost always has whatever prop is called for at the time stored in his jacket. Almost.
  • Hypno Fool: The episode "Hippity Hoppity Hypnotist" has the Hare try and fail to hypnotize the Rabbit, but accidentally hypnotize the Queen instead. She ends up making a fool of herself on a live TV cooking show by imitating a chicken every time she hears the word "red."
  • Ignored Aesop: Unlike Alice or the White Rabbit, the Hare and the Red Queen tend to misinterpret or reject the morals of the Caterpillar's stories. True for the the Duchess as well in "The Royalty Trap".
  • I Owe You My Life: In the episode "From Hare to Eternity," the Hare appoints himself the Queen's new bodyguard after she saves him from quicksand and drives her crazy with his overzealous attempts to "protect" her.
  • In Medias Res: Alice has already been visiting Wonderland before the first episode.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Lampshaded in "Copy Catter Hatter" when Tweedle Dee gets annoyed at the Caterpillar for making bad puns about pickles instead of helping the Hatter.
  • Insane Troll Logic: When asked which came first, the chicken or the egg, the Hare concludes that since eggs are for breakfast and breakfast comes first, then the egg came first.
  • It's All About Me: The Queen has a tendency to slip into this sort of thinking. Unlike most incarnations, this version of the Queen is not a tyrant, and in fact quite often appears as a downright Reasonable Authority Figure — but she has a tendency to put herself and her own wants above everyone else's needs.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • The Queen. She's pompous, irritable and usually wants her way, but she cares about her subjects and can be very friendly and pleasant. See also Pet the Dog.
    • The Cheshire Cat as well. He usually enjoys avoiding responsibility and messing with people but sometimes his tricks are actually meant to teach an important lesson. In "Those Tusks, Those Eyes," he intervenes at the last minute to give the Walrus his glasses and save him from angering the Queen, and in "Take My Tonsils, Please," he brings the Hatter a ball of yarn as a get-well present.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • In "The Rabbit Who Would Be King", Rabbit is never seen being punished for lying to his movie-star brother about being king while the Queen is away. Even after she returns in the middle of the charade. The closest thing he gets is her "accidentally" hitting him multiple times during a musical number.
    • In "The Hatter Who Came to Dinner", the Hatter never gets any comeuppance for abusing the Queen and Rabbit's hospitality even after his back is better, except for having to clean up after the party he throws at the palace.
    • The Queen cheats at a game in "Your Cheatin' Red Heart" and never actually admits to it, though she does agree to disqualify the game and it's possible the Duchess understood what was really going on.
    • The Hatter also gets away with opening the Hare's mail at the end of "For Hare Eyes Only."
    • The Duchess in "The Royalty Trap". She willfully leaves the Queen locked in the royal toolshed and lies about it in an attempt to upstage her at an awards show. Even after the Queen escapes, no one finds out about the Duchess' deception and she faces no punishment.
  • Landline Eavesdropping: In "Lip-Sunk", Alice’s off-screen brother Brian spies on her phone conversation with her friend through the landline, annoying her and prompting her trip through the looking-glass.
  • Large Ham: Applies to the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen, and especially the Caterpillar.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When Tweedle Dum gets trapped in a pair of magic handcuffs, Tweedle Dee sings a song that is both making fun of his brother and bragging that such a thing would never happen to him. Right when the song ends, Alice puts the cuffs on Dee too.
  • Last-Name Basis: Or a variant thereof, as the characters are usually referred to by the last part of their full names. So, for the most part, you hear them call each other Queen, Rabbit, Hatter, Hare and so on.
  • Lethal Chef:
  • In the pizza contest episode, the Hatter and the Hare turn out to be this. Their attempt to make a pizza results in something closer to a meatloaf. The White Rabbit actually tries to pull this on purpose because he doesn't want to win the "prize" of becoming the Queen's royal pizza chef.
  • When left to fend for herself, the Queen turns out to be this.
  • Lightbulb Joke: How many Queens does it take to change a light bulb?
    Tweedle Dee: None!
    White Rabbit: She makes me do it.
  • Lighter and Softer: Well at any rate, you won't be seeing the Queen order the beheading of any of the characters.
  • Literal-Minded: Mainly the Hare's thing, but just about all of the Wonderland inhabitants were prone to this on occasion.
    • It even extends beyond the group. In "Copy Catter Hatter," we're told that the title character is the Mad Hatter's "second cousin, twice removed." This has nothing to do with the actual degree of their relation—instead, he's so bad that the rest of his family kicked him out, or "removed," him from the family tree once, then did it again at another point. Hence, a second cousin "twice removed."
  • Lost Episode: "White Rabbits Can't Jump," featuring special guest star... O. J. Simpson. Really. The only remaining trace of this episode is the children's book adaptation by M. C. Varley and Lynn Houston, which Disney published in 1993.
  • Lost Him in a Card Game: The plot of "Take the Bunny and Run". The Queen loses the Rabbit to the Duchess in a card game but ultimately manages to win him back.
  • Lost Voice Plot: In "Lip-Sunk," the Queen loses her voice just before she's supposed to give a speech. The other Wonderland characters try to find her missing voice, but in the end Alice cures her with lemon-and-honey tea.
  • Lovable Nerd: The March Hare. He's very dorky, wears Nerd Glasses and tacky clothes and is pretty intelligent, though short on common sense, and is also a very likable guy.
  • Magic Feather: In "Through the Looking Glasses," the Cheshire Cat gives the White Rabbit a pair of rose-colored glasses, tricking him into thinking they're magic and can make everything look more beautiful. The glasses truly seem to work for everyone, but in the end it turns out they're not magic at all – the belief that they were just made everyone look at things in a different way and notice the beauty that was always there.
  • Mandatory Line: Two pretty egregious ones, with the Caterpiller and the Cheshire Cat. The Chesire Cat, in at least one episode, literally gets two lines and then disappears, never to be mentioned. The Caterpiller, meanwhile, goes between this and Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, where someone comes across him, hears a story, and he's never mentioned again.
  • Meaningful Name: The Walrus's invisible best friend is named Mr. Pinniped. "Pinniped" is the Latin for "fin-footed," a term used to describe mammals with fin-like feet—such as walruses.
  • Missed Him by That Much: In "Double Your Bunny", the White Rabbit and his cousin Redford keep missing each other.
    Alice: How did he change clothes so fast?
    [The Caterpillar shrugs with 6 of his hands.]
  • The Moving Experience: In the episode "Welcome Back Hatter," the Hatter wins a "castle" in a contest and everyone thinks he'll be moving away from Wonderland to live in it, but in the end it turns out that the castle is a tiny toy.
  • Multi-Armed Multitasking: The Caterpillar, who has six hands, is often seen doing various things with all of them at once.
  • Musical World Hypothesis: Falls under the Alternate Universe type. It makes sense, considering that in the source material, both Alice and the characters she met frequently broke into rhymes and songs.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In "The Bunny Who Would Be King", the White Rabbit's brother asks for half a cup of tea and the Hatter hands him a teacup that has been cut in half, just like in the movie.
    • "Queen of the Beasts" has one character describe the wobear as having "jaws that bite and claws that catch", a reference to the Lewis Carroll poem "Jabberwocky."
    • In "The Royalty Trap", the Rabbit pulls an oversized pocketwatch out of his vest pocket while searching for something.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: Dinah... possibly. While she never does anything a normal cat wouldn't, several episodes have her react to Alice in ways that wouldn't make sense if she didn't understand everything the girl said to her and was capable of human-like thought.
  • Nerd Glasses: This incarnation of the March Hare sports them.
  • New Super Power: Played straight and parodied in "The Adventures of Spectacular Man," in which the Hatter wishes that he could be a comic book superhero. Next thing we know, he has turned into a combination of Superman and The Lone Ranger.
    The Tweedles: Who was that masked man?
  • Nice Guy: The Walrus, which is certainly a change from how the character has traditionally been presented. He's polite, genial, friendly and accepting — he also seems incapable of bearing a grudge towards anyone. Quite a change from the Faux Affably Evil scoundrel from the original poem and movie.
  • Nice Hat: No prizes for guessing who has one.note 
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Hugh B. Happy, host of Lifestyles of the Royal and Famous, is a clear parody of Robin Leach.
    • Take a wild guess who "Rabbit De Niro" is based on.
  • No Matter How Much I Beg: The Hatter evokes this trope word for word in "He's Not Heavy, He's My Hatter," when he makes the Hare promise not to let him eat any more cookies so he can lose weight.
  • Not So Above It All: While she's usually the Only Sane Girl, Alice can be just as silly as the Wonderlandians, especially in episodes where the group is caught up in some activity. Examples include telling jokes in "Mirth of a Nation", throwing cream pies in "Pie Noon", and mocking the White Rabbit in "To Tear is Human."
  • Offscreen Teleportation: The Dormouse can somehow relocate himself to another teapot (and a flowerpot in one occasion) by utilizing this. It's never explained, though then again, this is Wonderland.
  • One-Man Band: The Caterpillar is sometimes seen playing multiple instruments at once, thanks to his extra pairs of arms.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: A favorite trope on this show. It's particularly ludicrous because there are exactly six humans (or humanoids) living in Wonderland, and everyone always knows when someone new comes to town—yet the disguises are often foolproof (which says something about the nature of the place).
    • In "The Queen Who Came in from the Cold," the Red Queen wants to go undercover to determine who has been writing letters that criticize her latest taxes. She swaps her red dress and crown for a red dress and large red hat. It works.
    • In "Wonderland: The Movie," Hatter and the Hare, eager to get more screen time, don Groucho glasses and pass themselves off as "Mr. X" and "Mr. Y."
    • In "Forget Me Knot," the Hatter becomes "Professor Memory" by putting on a graduation robe and square cap.
    • A running gag throughout the series is that whenever the characters plan something that would be ruined if the Queen found out, the Hatter says "Only if she recognized us!" – and gives everyone Groucho glasses. This gag gets a holiday variation in "Christmas in Wonderland," when the group meets to plan a holiday surprise for the Queen; to disguise themselves, the Hatter gives everyone (including Alice) Santa Claus beards. This one, at least, is lampshaded by Alice as unrealistic.
  • Parental Bonus: Lots of literary allusion titles ("From Hare to Eternity," "What Makes Rabbit Run," "The Bunny Who Would Be King," "The Grape Juice of Wrath") and film/TV allusion titles ("Pie Noon," "Lady and the Camp," "Card 54, Where Are You?").
    • In "The Red Queen Crown Affair," the Hatter's Box of Clues includes a sled named Rosebud.
    • In "The Bunny Who Would Be King," the Rabbit rattles off a list of the movies his brother Rabbit De Niro has starred in, which are all rabbit-themed spoofs of Robert De Niro's actual movies: "Raging Bunny," "Cape Fur," and even "Taxi Dermy".
    • In his debut episode (fittingly titled "I Am the Walrus"), the Walrus introduces himself to the Wonderlandians by saying "It's wonderful to be here! It's certainly a thrill." He's even wearing a blue military jacket, to boot.
  • The Performer King: The Red Queen has been known to perform for her subjects.
  • Pet the Dog: The Queen might be a bit of a Royal Brat, but whenever the show deals with serious social issues like bigotry or ableism, she's usually the one who helps teach the Aesop, not learn it:
    • When the Hatter's wheelchair-bound cousin Hedda comes to visit, the Queen is the first to say she doesn't think Hedda being in a wheelchair matters: "As long as she designs beautiful hats, I don't care if she does it standing up, sitting down, or lying down!" And of course Hedda does design beautiful hats — the Queen even praises a fruit-covered hat that Hedda designs for her, despite having hated fruity hats in a previous episode.
    • In the episode about sign language and not jumping to conclusions, when she finds out that the Hare's cousin is deaf and she (and the rabbit) simply assumed they were being blown off, experiences a My God, What Have I Done? and comes in person to apologise at the train station for her.
    • In the Walrus's debut episode, when all her subjects are afraid of him and refusing to interact with him, she wholeheartedly welcomes him, and then bans the others from her party to show them how it feels to be shunned.
  • Pie in the Face: Turns up in several episodes:
    • At the end of "That's All, Jokes," the Queen uses this as Restrained Revenge on all her subjects for the prank that was pulled on her, which no one will confess to.
    • In "Pie Noon," this is the bully Mike McNasty's specialty. The whole episode revolves around Hare's fear of getting pied when McNasty arrives in town. Everyone treats it as seriously as if it were real violence.
    • In "Bunny, Can You Spare a Dime?" the Hatter and Hare try to cure the Queen of her lavish spending habits by making something bad happen to her whenever she says "Yes" to an offer to buy something expensive. The first time this happens, a net falls on her, the second time, balls fall on her, and the third time, she gets a pie in the face.
    • In "The Mirth of a Nation," the Queen has lost her sense of humor and tries to have a serious garden party where no one has any fun. But then the Rabbit trips and accidentally flings a cream tart into the Queen's face. Everyone bursts out laughing, much to the Queen's outrage.
    • In "Pizza de Resistance," the Hare accidentally knocks the slice of lemon meringue pie he and the Hatter brought for the Queen's pizza contest (It Makes Sense in Context) into the Hatter's face.
  • Plot Allergy: In the episode "Something to Sneeze At," the Hatter thinks he's allergic to the Hare, but really he's allergic to flowers from the Hare's garden.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Subverted, actually. Even including the original novel, this is one of the very few versions of Lewis Carroll's story in which the Mad Hatter is seen actually designing and making hats.
  • Race Lift: The Queen, Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum and the Walrus are played by African Americans.
  • Real After All: An odd example. The Walrus's best friend Mr. Pinniped is invisible. In their debut episode, this is treated by the characters as a lie (because walruses are notorious for making up stories), but Mr. Pinniped is very much real. It's confirmed in an episode where someone is tagging Wonderland with graffiti—the culprit turns out to be Mr. Pinniped, who was trying to get more attention from the group.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The Queen of Hearts. Though she occasionally passes silly rules, she's generally a kind monarch who cares about her subjects and is willing to help them with their problems.
    • This is especially true in one episode in which the queen learns of a tree whose fruit can make you stronger, but can also make you very sick. Rather than use it for personal gain or order the Hatter & Hare to move it into her garden, she says having a poisonous plant (no matter how spectacular) is actually very dangerous - and not a good idea. She similarly doesn't ban anyone from eating the fruit, she just makes a decree that they should use their better judgment with it after Tweedle Dum gets sick.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: In one episode, the White Rabbit catches "rhymitis", which has this effect on his speech, only for it to spread to other characters. One of the songs in this episode, "It Doesn't Rhyme", actually subverts this, with the Rabbit deliberately avoiding rhymes at the end of each line.
  • Running Gag:
    • The Caterpillar, who usually shows up Once per Episode, is often introduced Multi Armed Multi Tasking with his three sets of hands (lifting weights, making a sandwich, playing with yo-yos, etc.).
    • The Hatter and/or the Hare messily shoving objects off of the Hatter's table.
    • The Hare pulling unusual objects out from inside his jacket, like a bicycle horn, a rubber chicken, or a full glass of water.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • The Sound and the Furry centers around the whole cast learning sign language and the Queen and the White Rabbit don't even know what it is until about halfway into the episode. In Take My Tonsils... Please!, during the musical number going over ways to communicate without speaking to the Hatter, the two mention sign language, with the Rabbit even signing the Queen's singing part. No matter what order you watch the episodes in, it makes no sense continuity-wise (if the Hatter knew that he was going to lose his voice after getting his tonsils removed, why didn't they think of sign language right away?). This is softened a little by the fact that he had to appear on TV.
    • In the first episode, "Her-Story in the Making," the Hatter and Hare apparently don't like grocery shopping - each tries to convince the other to do it, until finally they fob it off on Alice. In the later episode "Dinner Fit for a Queen," they enjoy doing it, especially when one of them gets to ride in the shopping cart.
    • In some of the earlier episodes, "dollars" are mentioned in Wonderland. Later on it's established that the Wonderland currency is "wobucks."
  • Setting Update: Alice obviously isn't living in the 1800s during the segments where she's in the real world. In fact it's extremely doubtful she's even from England.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: "The Red Queen Crown Affair." The Hatter and Hare spend the whole episode trying to solve the mystery of the Queen's "stolen" crown, but in the end they realize what we, the viewers, knew all along— that the crown accidentally fell onto the Hatter's head when he slipped and fell against its stand and has been under his hat the whole time. Meanwhile, the "real world" plot has Alice trying to determine which of her siblings ate the candy she was saving for herself. After the Wonderland plot, she returns and tells Dinah that she's remembered that neither of them did—she brought the candy to a softball practice and shared it with her friends. The clues implicating her brother and sister were her own mistakes.
    • The Friday the 13th episode kicks off when the Hatter breaks a few teacups at his party; he and the Hare decide this unlucky event means that the superstitions about the day are true. At the end of the episode, he casually mentions that he broke less teacups on the thirteenth than he did the day before.
  • Shout-Out: The Mad Hatter's costume is exactly the same costume as Willy Wonka's costume from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. However, The top hat is grey and has a 10/6.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: The Duchess is this to the Queen, especially once we finally see them together onscreen. They are ostensibly friends but they're fooling nobody.
  • Slice of Life: Albeit very quirky life.
  • Spinning Clock Hands: Parodied in "The Adventures of Spectacular Man," when the Hatter and Hare spend the night reading comic books - the Hare comments "You really should fix that clock," and the Hatter pounds it to make the hands stop spinning.
  • Stage Magician: The Hare becomes one in "Off the Cuffs", called the Amazing Hair-Raising Hare.
  • Start My Own: One episode sees the Hatter upset that the Hare is always late to their tea parties, so the Hare decides he's going to throw his own at precisely the same time. The rest of the Wonderlandians don't want to make either feel bad, so they go to both and end up too full to enjoy themselves.
  • The Storyteller: The Caterpillar tells a short story Once per Episode, which is animated with Clay Mation and has An Aesop which relates to the moral of the rest of the episode.
  • Stock Animal Diet: The White Rabbit loves carrots and leafy green vegetables, the Cheshire Cat loves cream, and the Dormouse loves cheese.
  • Strictly Formula: The plots are all built around An Aesop (the basic formula is in the article description), but the characters themselves arguably keep the show entertaining. It helps that, aside from the Caterpillar, Dormouse, and the Cheshire Cat, every character take turns learning the episode's aesop. This trope also applies to the framing scenes in Alice's room: Alice talks to her cat Dinah about some typical childhood problem or dilemma she's having, then steps through her mirror into Wonderland, where the main plot somehow parallels her situation, and when she comes home, she tells Dinah the Aesop she's learned which will solve her problem.
  • Stylistic Suck: The caterpillar's storybooks intentionally have very rudimentary stop-motion animation to make it look like illustrations in a storybook.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: The song the White Rabbit sings after he's cured of his "rhymitis" is built entirely out of these — he's just overjoyed to finally be able to not rhyme.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In "The Wonderland Enquirer," Alice does this while tying to avoid eating the crumpets at the Hatter's tea party, after reading the rumor in the newspaper that they're stale:
    Alice: I'm not saying they're not fresh... or that they're hard... or stale... or so tough that they would hurt my teeth.
  • The Summation: The Hatter does this at the end of "The Red Queen Crown Affair." Given that it's the Hatter, and the missing crown is under his hat, this goes about as well as could be expected.
    Hatter: What I have to say will shock you. It will startle you. It will remind you of a hundred old movies.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: The Hare family has a month-theme going on, with Mother June, Cousin April, Aunt May, Uncle August and of course the March Hare himself.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: There doesn't usually have to be much of an excuse for them to break into song, often without warning.
  • The Tonsillitis Episode: "Take My Tonsils... Please!" is this for the Hatter.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Just about all the Wonderlandians, compared to the Disney animated movie and even the book versions of them. The Cheshire Cat is an interesting example, because he famously Took a Level in Jerkass for the Disney movie, but here he's gone back to approximately the same level of kindness he displayed in the original book.
  • Too Many Cooks Spoil the Soup: In "Her-story in the Making", Alice tries getting her Wonderland friends to write a story for her school assignment for her. They each write a passage and it comes out... less than comprehensible.
  • Trickster Mentor: The Cheshire Cat, on occasion, takes on this role.
    • In one episode, the Walrus eats a delicious food called "Purple Potato Pancakes," but it turns out that the process of making them is extremely complicated. The Wonderlandians are reluctant to do it, until the Cheshire Cat mentions that there's a treasure hidden in the potato patch; he later explains that the treasure is in the potatoes themselves, so they'll have to be peeled. Whether he was implying that the "treasure" was the results of their hard work or simply tricking them isn't explained.
    • In "Christmas in Wonderland," the Queen is crabby about the Wonderlandians' attempt to bring her snow, especially since the snow they found melted and ended up as a bucket of water on her head. The Cheshire Cat fades in and pretends to commiserate with the Queen, casually dropping hints about all of the hard work her subjects did to make her happy. She quickly realizes she's been a jerk and rushes off to apologize.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: Three characters will occasionally use these.
    • The Caterpillar, who speaks in the most "posh" voice on the show, is by far the most generous with his rolling Rs.
    • The White Rabbit will also roll his Rs with some regularity, especially when singing, but far less exaggeratedly than the Caterpillar.
    • It's very infrequent, but The Cheshire Cat will occasionally roll his Rs, usually because he wants to put emphasis on a word. Unlike the Rabbit and the Caterpillar, he doesn't speak in a posh accent, he just likes to accentuate his feline nature.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Alice and the Queen are the only female main characters.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: The Mad Hatter and his evil second cousin twice-removed, the Copy Catter Hatter. Just about any of the character's relatives count, actually. (See Acting for Two in the Trivia section.)
    • The White Rabbit's cousin Redford in "Double Your Bunny", also Acting for Two.
  • Unfazed Everygirl: Alice, in a way that's slightly different than what we're used to from other incarnations of her. This Alice, while still very much the Only Sane Woman, is right at home in Wonderland and hardly ever plays the Fish out of Water or even reacts to any of the silliness in any big way.
  • Villain Song / "The Villain Sucks" Song:
    • A Distant Duet between the Mad Hatter and the Copy Catter Hatter is both of these.
    • Mike Mc Nasty also gets one in "Pie Noon" where he sings about being a bully.
  • Visual Pun: "Metaphor Monday" features a costume ball where all the Wonderland residents dress up as their favorite metaphors, resulting in this.
  • What's Up, King Dude?: Alice and the Wonderlanders pretty much come and go as they please at the Queen's palace.
  • Whole Plot Reference:
    • "This Bunny for Hire" is Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace," only with a (supposedly) crystal vase instead of (supposedly) diamond jewelry.
    • "Pretzelmania" is basically an adaptation of the kids' book "Too Many Tamales".
    • "Bah, Hamburger" is Yet Another Christmas Carol.
  • Who's on First?: "Hippity Hoppity Hypnotist" includes an an entire song like this, as the Queen asks the Hatter for a recipe for his "special tea," but he thinks she's saying "specialty" and offers her all his favorite recipes except tea.
  • Wily Walrus: Subverted. Walruses are apparently viewed as wicked, malicious creatures - most likely because of the walrus from "The Walrus and the Carpenter" - and thus everyone is appalled when Alice befriends a nice, polite walrus. Whether that walrus was an outlier in Wonderland is unrevealed.
  • With Friends Like These...: The Queen and the Duchess, big time. They fight so much one wonders if they can even be called friends.
  • World of Pun: As you'd expect given the source material, Wonderland runs on wordplay. Characters constantly have Fun with Homophones and several episodes teach linguistic concepts, such as contractions, prefixes, compound words, and metaphors. Occasionally Lampshaded when characters call out each other for making an Incredibly Lame Pun.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The Queen, which really underlines how much of an Adaptational Nice Girl she is. In both book and movie, the Queen of Hearts thought nothing of ordering a child's execution — here (despite her Royal Brat and It's All About Me tendencies), she's not only a far more benevolent ruler, but she's especially gentle with Alice, never even raising her voice to the girl.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: While the show never came down firmly on the question of how Wonderland and "real world" time differ, a few episodes drop clues that Alice returns to her bedroom mere seconds after her trips regardless of their length. "TV or Not TV?" is explicitly stated to take place over a period of three days, but when Alice comes back to sum up what she's learned to Dinah, she talks about the homework she has to do that night (the same homework that she was complaining about when the show started), so it's been a period of minutes at most. Similarly, "Christmas in Wonderland" happens over the course of at least eight hours (it's bright and sunny when Alice arrives, and nightfall at the end of the Wonderland segment), but again, she returns to the real world without any time elapsing.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: This time with a healthy eating theme! Tweedle Dum, who is apparently the "King of Junk Food," is visited by a Jacob Marley-esque Hare and the Ghosts of Nutrition Past (the Hatter), Present (the Queen), and Future (the White Rabbit) to learn about the consequences of his diet.
  • You Mean "Xmas": Averted with Valentine's Day, Halloween and Christmas, which are all celebrated in Wonderland, albeit in unusual ways, but played straight with the Thanksgiving-esque "Thanks-A-Lot Day."
  • Your Television Hates You: At the beginning of one episode, the Queen sits at her table waiting for the White Rabbit to return with the pizza. She tries to take her mind off her hunger by watching some TV, which happens to be showing a pizza commercial. Seeing how delicious the pizza is onscreen made the Queen feel worse. But luckily the White Rabbit showed up in time.

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