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Alice In Wonderland- 1985

Updated on February 23, 2016

Alice In Wonderland-1985

Alice in Wonderland was not only one of my favorite books, but it was one of my absolute favorite movies as a child. Although I enjoyed the cartoon Disney movie version almost as much, I am actually referring to the made-for-television movie that debuted in 1985, on CBS. Does anyone else remember that? It aired as a two-part musical. I remember the excitement that generated about this movie in our household! There was a lot of advertising for it. And when the much anticipated day arrived, my Dad had the VCR all set up and ready to record every minute of it- Charmin commercials and all. I totally loved the commercials too! Back then, it was the baby with the sunglasses and the peach colored toilet paper. Anyway, this musical version of Alice in Wonderland was such an enjoyable movie! Remembering it now, brings back many fond memories. This movie was so strange, so wacky, and so much fun!

The Caterpillar
The Caterpillar

The Characters

Just like in the book, there were so many unique characters in the T.V. movie. It started with Alice, who wished she could do more grown up things. Then along came the White Rabbit, who was always in a hurry of course. There was the Mad Hatter and the Caterpillar, who was constantly blowing smoke rings, along with the Duchess, the ridiculous Cheshire Cat, and the crazy Queen of Hearts. Of course, there was also the dreaded Jabberwocky, whom Alice had to eventually confront, despite her fears. Aside from those main characters, there were many other entertaining and interesting creatures that Alice met in her journey to get back home. This movie had such an impact on my childhood, and then for a long time I forgot about it. Have you ever forgotten about something, suddenly remembered, and been very excited to research it and find it? This is what happened to me! I had to look it up. The movie was directed by Harry Harris. Some of the main actresses and actors in the movie include Natalie Gregory, Sheila Allen, Sammy Davis Jr., Steve Lawrence and Jayne Meadows. I highly, highly, recommend rounding up your kids for a fun movie night soon and renting this movie! The above facts should help you find the right one! I'd love to hear what you think about this silly movie afterwards! But I do suggest reading the book, written by Lewis Carroll, beforehand. It is a fantastic book.

What I Remember Most About This Movie

The songs in this movie were so catchy, when I watched it, that I sang the songs for years afterwards, and still remember parts today. A few of my favorites include, "Jam tomorrow, jam yesterday, but never any jam today!" Or how about this one, "Be off or I'll kick you down stairs!" I sang that one all the time. Yes, the songs in this movie were truly awesome! I even remember performing some of the dance scenes for my parents too-super fun times! The scenery was so unique, and the costumes were just plain wacky! Aaah, the stroll down memory lane! I might just be buying this movie from Amazon soon.

The Jabberwocky

The Jabberwocky seriously scared me the first time I watched it. It was a pretty ugly and dreadful looking creature. It thrived on Alice's fears, until she was able to conquer them. Here is the poem, from Alice in Wonderland, about the dreaded Jabberwocky:


By Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;

Long time the manxome foe he sought—

So rested he by the Tumtum tree

And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

Ooooh! This poem is full of nonsense, but it still gives off a super creepy vibe!

Family Movie Night!

Okay, now that I've taken this stroll down memory lane, I have to find that old movie! I'm ready to pull out the popcorn, get the blankets and introduce my kids to one of my favorite childhood memories. And please let me know if you remember this movie, and what you thought about it. Has anyone watched it recently?

Alice in Wonderland, 1985 - Fun Family Movie!

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