‘Alice In Wonderland’ Through The Years

Yesterday I took you on a tour through Johnny Depp’s long and storied film collaborations with director Tim Burton. Why? Because new images from Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” popped up online, including a clear look at Depp in full costume as the Mad Hatter. I didn’t sleep last night, thanks to that image.

Now I want to give you something a little bit different. Burton’s “Alice” is hardly the first one. There have been no less than 20(!) film adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s story, including several foreign versions, an anime reinterpretation and a porno. After the jump I’ve inserted a bunch of images from “Alice” across the years. Is the porno in there, you ask? You’ll have to click to find out (it isn’t).

This isn’t the first “Alice in Wonderland,” but it’s the earliest still I could find. This 1933 version of the film stars Charlotte Henry in the titular role. Here we see her sitting with the King of Hearts (Alec B Francis), discussing important matters.

This image comes from a movie that has neither “Alice” nor “Wonderland” in the title, but you can clearly see where the inspiration lies. Director Marcus Varnel’s “George in Civvy Street” is a 1946 UK comedy. The “Alice” bits pop up near the end, in a dream sequence.

That there is the one and only Peter Sellers, on the set of director Jonathan Miller’s 1966 version of “Alice in Wonderland.” Sellers was joined in the cast by Anne-Marie Mallik, Michael Redgrave, Peter Cook and a plethora of other talented British actors. And the music was done by Ravi Shankar. Yes. You have to see this movie.

This is, without a doubt, the most well-known “Alice” of all. Disney’s 1951 musical version. If you haven’t seen it, you are missing out. Truly.

This is Fiona Fullerton in the 1972 film, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” I’ve never seen it, but fans speak of it with great love. If anyone out there has seen it, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

This version of “Alice” was made for TV, and it featured a pretty impressive cast. Obviously we have Robbie Coltrane and George Wendt here as Tweedledee and Tweedledum. However, the cast also packed in the likes of Tina Majorino, Miranda Richardson, Martin Short, Whoopi Goldberg, Gene Wilder, Peter Ustinov, Christopher Lloyd and Ben Kingsley. It’s not the best of the adaptations, but the insane cast and wacky sets make it all worthwhile.