MY FAVORITE PART OF WONDERLAND: THE RABBIT HOLE @ 2 December 2009 10:19 PM
The rabbit hole sequence in Walt Disney's 1951 Alice in Wonderland is perhaps the best depiction of the way Carroll describes it. It's more than a dirty, viney hole -- it's erratically furnished with impossible shelves and fixtures. Even the music, which is bascially sustained, swirling effects, is highly unique for its period.
I have seen many many Alice versions and they usually shoot her through the rabbit hole in a few seconds. Walt and the artists understood that the rabbit hole was the very essence of Wonderland's fantasy: a long tunnel that goes down to a place where there are blue skies and spotted skies, thanks to Mary Blair.
I'm looking forward to going down the 2010 rabbit hole in IMAX and 3-D, but to dismiss the Walt Disney 1951 version, as Mr. Burton has, artistically is to miss so very much of the point and focus only on the hype. The reason there are so many versions is that Lewis Carroll's books are the most unattainable by filmmakers. How do you realize a dream state in concrete terms? There are no end to the ways, and that's why there will always be many Wonderlands.
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