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Can You Spot the Differences?

December 2, 2009

If you have seen the Disney movie of Alice in Wonderland or read The Annotated Alice/Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, then hopefully you can spot some of the differences between the movie and the book.

In the beginning of the movie Alice falls through the rabbit hole and lands in a hallway and follows the rabbit. At the beginning of the movie, Alice is listening to her history lesson, but in the book she is sitting next to her sister that is reading a book. Why would Walt Disney want to change what Alice is doing in the very beginning of the movie? Is he trying to get children interested in history? In the book she falls through the rabbit hole, but she falls for a really long time. Also she falls in a heap of sticks and leaves, but in the book she lands on her feet. In the book she lands directly in the hall of the doors, but in the book she has to follow the rabbit to get to the hall of doors. The movie shows the caucus race was already started when Alice got there and that there was no mouse, but in the book Alice was there when they thought to do the caucus race and also there was a very smart mouse with a tale there. Also in the book the caucus race was in the hall with the doors, but in the movie it isn’t.

Then Alice follows the white rabbit into the woods and there she finds Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, but they are not in the first book of The Annotated Alice. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum started telling Alice a story about the curious oysters which is is the second book of The Annotated Alice. Also Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum recite the “You are old, Father William“, that Alice is recites in the book to the Caterpillar. When Alice goes to get the gloves for the white rabbit in his house he goes and gets Dodo instead of talking to Pat who is in the book. In the movie, Bill goes out of the chimney when Alice sneezes, but in the book Alice kicks him out. Did Walt Disney do this so the kids didn’t get an idea to kick anyone? Also there is a giant dog at the end of the scene with the house in the book, but in the movie there is no dog. Did Lewis want to bring in something from Alice’s world because the dog could not talk and only acted like a dog would? Then Alice meets the talking and singing flowers. Please look to part two for the rest of the differences.

The next part is about the Caterpillar. There is a part where the Caterpillar transforms into a butterfly in the movie, but in the book Alice talks about how the Caterpillar will one day transform and the Caterpillar did not in the book. Also the Caterpillar asks her to recite, “You are old, Father William” in the book, but in the movie Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum recite it. The movie skips the part about the Duchess and the pig that is in the book. The movie goes right to the part about the Cheshire Cat. In the book Alice sees the Cheshire Cat in a tree a couple of yards away. In the movie Alice is lost and at first just sees the Cheshire Cat’s smile. In the movie the Cheshire Cat talks about the white rabbit and which way it went, but in the book it talks about the March Hare and the Hatter live. Also in the book the Cheshire Cat and Alice talk about the Queen and the croquet game and the baby that turned into a pig. In Walt Disney’s movie the dormouse is quite small and fits into a teapot, but in the drawings in the book the dormouse is big enough to sit at the table and see. Walt Disney also cut out the part in the book where the March Hare asks if Alice wants any wine. He most likely does this so children don’t think that they could drink wine even though the March Hare doesn’t have any.

In the movie Walt Disney adds parts about the unbirthday and the part about Alice’s cat and how the mouse freaks out when she said the word cat. In the book, the Hatter takes out his watch and asks what time it is, but in the movie the white rabbit comes and the Hatter destroys his watch by putting food in it. Also the movie skips the dormouse’s story. After she leaves the tea party Alice gets lost in the woods and meets these very weird creatures in the movie. This does not happen at all in the book. In the movie the only people shown to play croquet are the Queen and Alice. Also, the Cheshire Cat shows up on the Queen instead of in the air. The movie also skips the parts about the Duchess and the morals, the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, and the Lobster Quadrille that are in the book. The movie goes straight to the trial of Alice after the Queen is made a fool of by the Cheshire Cat, but the Cheshire Cat doesn’t show himself to the Queen and Alice gets in trouble. The trial in the movie is about Alice making the Queen angry and not because someone stole her tarts. Then in the movie the cards and all of the characters she has met in Wonderland chase her around until she is woken up and taken inside for some tea.

Please comment if you notice any differences that I have forgotten.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. daniel permalink
    March 21, 2012 7:15 pm

    the Cheshire Cat only talks about where the hatter and the hare live in the book an movie

  2. cass permalink
    November 22, 2011 4:41 am

    Actually the book states that she is looking over her sister’s books before zoning out to the rabbit hole. 🙂

  3. Rachel L. permalink
    December 3, 2009 3:49 am

    Everyone wants their name to be known. Everyone wants fame, even if they won’t admit it. When movies are made from books they are going to be changed a bit or sometimes drastically in order for the people involved in the movie to have their names known. They want people to think that the movie is better than the book. They want to be the best, but they can’t be better than the book if the book and the movie are the same. They have to make differences between the book and the movie in order to set themselves apart. While these differences always seem to annoy me I realize that they are necessary to the development of a new movie.

  4. Daniel L. permalink
    December 3, 2009 3:09 am

    I think when a movie is made after a book, there are always going to be differences between the two. This seems to be the case with Alice in Wonderland in the fact that the Disney Version is different from the actual book. I have no idea why movie producers feel the need to tweak parts of the story.

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