Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
While I wasnít completely surprised by the trippiness of the movie, as the film moved along, I was surprised at how little truly made sense. After some surface-level research Iíve discovered importance of this storyís nonsensical storytelling. I found this shed some light on what I saw and made me comfortable with the idea that I really wasnít supposed to completely get it.
From an entertainment perspective, I found a majority of the music well-crafted and enjoyable. The music is obviously from another era; however, that does not keep it from providing some charming moments. There is a distinct difference between the musical animation from the mid 20th Century, the late 20th Century, and the beginning of the 21st Century. Back in the time of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, music was meant to be playful but elegant. The same can not be said for most of the Disney catalog in the modern era (sometimes playful and sometimes elegant, but rarely both at the same time).
The voice talent here is good for the most part but I found the actress behind Aliceís voice to be quite underwhelming. For such a beloved classic, I was expecting to hear a performance that aged well. Instead, Aliceís voice was a bit grating and shrill for my taste. Was she bearable? Yes. However, I think for the modern viewer she might be a bit off-putting. I understand that Kathryn Beaumont was younger than 13 when she recorded her part and this truly is meant to be a slam on the actress. I just think the performance is a fair representation of the era; but one that does not fit very well in modern times.
Finally, I did enjoy the complex animation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. There is quite a bit to see here and at time is a feast for the eyes. The animation here is very fluid, colorful, and provides layers of entertainment. This helps with the psychedelic qualities as well as the appeal for kids looking for imaginative animation.