ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
The film has only a passing resemblance to the books. There is the central idea from Through the Looking Glass of Alice travelling through a mirror and finding herself in a land modelled on a chessboard and having to make her way across to the other side to be crowned a queen. There are occasional sequences that have been replicated from the book Alice taking a journey on a train that takes to the air; the meetings with the White Knight, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee (who are now two argumentative joggers) and the Jabberwocky and the Snark (who are now standard dumb and cuddly childrens movie monsters).
Most of the rest of the film has been improvised from scratch. Sadly, the new creations have little of Lewis Carrolls absurdism and are just fantasy standards centaurs, unicorns and pegasi. There is the odd surreal moment Alice finding herself in a carriage with a talking goat and horse and a character made out of newspaper who gets offended and insists that she stop reading him; the train that takes to the air to cross hills and goes underwater to cross rivers; the journey via a paddle boat that travels across an empty riverbed; and Alices encounter with the White Knight, where she apologizes I dont have a lace hanky [to give you], but I do have a Kleenex.
Even considering the rewriting of the story to childrens movie formula, the way that the quest has been pumped up is irritating. Alice is now given a companion in the trickster/magician Tom Fool but when you have a character that can do fairly much anything teleport, transform attackers and the like there is no threat and more importantly in terms of character arc no destiny that is ever earned upon Alices part. There are also a number of insipid songs.
The other screen adaptations of Alice in Wonderland are:- Alice in Wonderland (1903), a silent British short; Alices Adventures in Wonderland (1910), a silent American short; Alice in Wonderland (1915); Alice Through the Looking Glass (1928); Alice in Wonderland (1931), the first sound version; Paramounts Alice in Wonderland (1933) with an all-star cast of the day including W.C. Fields, Cary Grant and Gary Cooper; the partly stop-motion animated French Alice in Wonderland (1949); the classic Disney animated version Alice in Wonderland (1951); the NBC tv version Alice in Wonderland (1955); the modernised Hanna-Barbera animated tv special Alice in Wonderland, or Whats a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1966); the NBC tv production Alice Through the Looking Glass (1966); the all-star British film Alices Adventures in Wonderland (1972) featuring Michael Crawford, Ralph Richardson, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Dudley Moore; the BBC tv production Alice Through the Looking Glass (1974); the Italian tv mini-series In the World of Alice (1974); a 1976 Argentinean film version; a pornographic version Alice in Wonderland (1976); a Spanish film version Alice in Spanish Wonderland (1979); the Belgian film Alice (1982), which features equivalents of the Wonderland characters in the modern world; a US tv production Alice in Wonderland (1982); a US tv version Alice at the Palace (1982) with Meryl Streep as Alice; a BBC musical version A Dream of Alice (1982) with Jenny Agutter as Alice; a British tv series Alice in Wonderland (1985); Irwin Allens all-star tv mini-series Alice in Wonderland (1985) featuring Roddy McDowall, Telly Savalas and Shelley Winters; a BBC tv series Alice in Wonderland (1986); having been combined with the Care Bears in the animated The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (1987); Jan Svankmajers bizarrely brilliant Claymation animated Alice (1988); Woody Allens modernised urban spin Alice (1990); the US tv series Alice in Wonderland (1991); the British tv version Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998) with Kate Beckinsale as Alice and an all-star cast; the Hallmark tv version Alice in Wonderland (1999) with Tina Majorino as Alice and an all-star cast; Alices Misadventures in Wonderland (2004), a modernised indie film take on the story; Alice (2009), a modernised tv mini-series starring Caterina Scorsone as Alice entering into a dark science-fictional wonderland; Malice in Wonderland (2009), a modernised British film that translates Wonderland into an urban environment; Alice in Murderland (2010), an Alice in Wonderland-themed slasher film; Tim Burtons big budget Alice in Wonderland (2010) and its sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016); Alyce (2011), another modernised urban translation; the modernised tv series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013-4); and The Other Side of the Mirror/Alice: The Darker Side of the Mirror (2016), a dark retelling. Also of note is Dennis Potters tv play Alice (1965), which explores Lewis Carrolls relationship with Alice Liddell, the young girl who became the model for Alice, and the later film Dreamchild (1985) in which the real-life Alice reminisces back on her memories of Lewis Carroll and the writing of the story.