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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • The residents of Wonderland appear much more sane compared to the movie because, by the time of the show, Alice is just as insane as they are. The way she goes to Wonderland as a way to solve everyday problems (and the problems of Wonderland always happen to coincide with hers, mind you) brings to mind a very persistent Happy Place and apparently, aside from the Wonderlandians, the only one she can talk to about her problems is her cat.
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    • The Alice in the show is not the original Alice, just an American girl from the 1990's with the same name, who likes to believe or pretend she's the Alice from Alice in Wonderland. The versions of the Wonderlandians we see are her interpretations of them.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Most episodes have four songs, while some only have three. Most of the time, these songs will set up or advance the plot, while the last one summarizes the Aesop of that particular show. However, on some occasions, the characters burst into song for no particular reason, and then go on with the storyline without acknowledging what they just did. One such example is when the Tweedles, preparing for a photography session, lay down some rhymes about their love of taking pictures.
  • Cult Classic: Like many shows from the pre-Network Decay Disney Channel.
  • Ear Worm: The Copy Catter Hatter song is only but one example.
    • The main theme
    It's an adventure in Wonderlaaaaand, adventure in Wonderlaaaaand/An adventure in Wonderland...
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Mad Hatter seems to be a favorite for most fans. The March Hare has a similar following, either alone or with the Hatter. (no, not in that way, silly tropers. Except maybe sometimes.)
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • The aesop of "Rip Roaring Rabbit Adventures" is supposed to be about the benefits of reading, but it ends up coming across as "NEVER look for excitement or adventure in your own lives, always get it from a BOOK instead!"
    • The ending of "Pop Goes The Easel" gives the false impression that dishonesty really does sometimes pay off.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: The Queen and the Duchess.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A minor one in "Christmas in Wonderland." When the Hatter and Hare are singing about making snow with their snow machine, one line of lyrics is "We'll turn it on and let it go." If only they had met Elsa, the special's whole storyline of "How to make it snow in Wonderland?" would have been solved then and there.
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  • Retroactive Recognition: Morgan Brody in Wonderland!
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: And dropped during catchy musical numbers, too!
    • "Bah, Hamburger" seems like it could be your standard "junk food is bad" episode: it's revealed that Tweedledum 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, Tweedledum eventually decides that eating junk food is fine every once in a while, rather than swearing off of it forever. All told, it's a well-presented Aesop that avoids the Anvilicious traps this kind of episode falls into frequently.
    • "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. It's not pretty, but learning about excluding people based on differences is always important.
    • "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. All told, it's a positive lesson that doesn't come across as completely hypocritical (as many television shows that decry television feel, intentionally or otherwise).
    • "Double Bubble" 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.
  • Tearjerker: Yes, the show was wacky and always ended happily, but there were a few sad moments here and there.
    • In "The Sound and the Furry," seeing April Hare (who is deaf) kicked out of Wonderland and forced to wander alone in a strange country is painful. It's especially bad because the situation is caused by one of the misunderstandings that appears in nearly every episode of the show—but this time, the stakes are much higher.
    • During "Christmas in Wonderland," Alice introduces her Wonderland friends to the "real world's" Christmas traditions. The mention of snow makes the Queen especially sad, which confuses the White Rabbit—it's never snowed in Wonderland before, so he can't imagine why the Queen would feel bad about it. She then reveals that when she was a little girl, her parents spent one Christmas in a snowy cabin; it was the happiest moment of her childhood, but she never got to experience it again because her parents preferred going to the beach for their holidays. The Queen had resigned herself to never see snow and experience that joy again, but now that Alice has brought it up, the memories have returned and are breaking her heart. The scene ends with her sitting quietly at a table, on the verge of tears, as she says that she knows it's impossible for her wish to come true.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Walrus has one of the best make-up jobs on the show. At the same time, it looks so real it's exceptionally creepy.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The opening sequence alone is enough. Then again, considering what it's based on, this should come as no surprise.
  • The Woobie: A few:
    • The main one being the White Rabbit, what with being ordered around by the Queen all the time.
    • Alice can sometimes qualify, too, especially in the episode that deals with her embarrassment over splitting her pants.
    • In his debut episode ("I Am the Walrus"), the Walrus is one, what with everyone excluding him based on rumors they've heard. Thankfully it doesn't last.
    • The Queen, of all people, becomes one in "Christmas in Wonderland," as we see how much she misses having snow at Christmas (see Tear Jerker above).

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