Fushigi no Kuni no Alice

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Alice in Wonderland
AliceAnime.jpg
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party
ふしぎの国のアリス
(Fushigi no Kuni no Arisu)
Genre Fantasy, Adventure
Anime television series
Directed by Shigeo Koshi, Taku Sugiyama
Studio Nippon Animation
Network TV Osaka
Original run March 26, 1983October 10, 1984
Episodes 52
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Alice in Wonderland (ふしぎの国のアリス Fushigi no Kuni no Arisu?) is an anime adaptation of the novel Alice in Wonderland which ran on the Japanese network TV Osaka from March 26, 1983 to October 10, 1984. The series was a Japanese-German coproduction between Nippon Animation and Apollo Films. The series consists of 52 episodes, however, only 26 made it to the U.S..

In the English language, this series is generally overshadowed by the success of Disney's 1951 feature film version of the story; however, the anime series was quite popular in various European countries, Israel, in Latin America, Iran, and in the Arabic-speaking world. The series was also dubbed in Hindi by the national film development board of India and telecasted on Doordarshan in the early 1990s.

Overview[edit]

A young girl named Alice follows a white rabbit into a hole, only to find herself in Wonderland, where she meets many interesting characters, including the mysterious Cheshire Cat and the terrible Queen of Hearts.

The beginning of the series adheres more similarly to the original story, whereas later episodes adapt the sequel book of Alice in Wonderland "Through the Looking-Glass," starting with episode 26.

One departure from the books is that Alice returns to the real world at the end of each episode, and goes back to Wonderland at the beginning of the next episode. These transitions between the two worlds are depicted as dream-like, and it usually takes Alice a moment to notice her surroundings have changed.

Music[edit]

The series uses two pieces of theme music for the original Japanese version. The Japanese opening song is called "Yumemiru Wonderland (夢みるワンダーランド Dreaming Wonderland)", and the Japanese ending song is called "NAZO NAZO yume no kuni (ナゾナゾ夢の国 Mysterious Dreamland)", both sung by the Japanese vocalist Tarako (also the voice actress for Alice).

The U.S. song and the German opening song uses the same animation, but a different song for the opening credits. The songs are the same in terms of music, and only differ by the language.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Alice and Benny
  2. Rabbit Hole
  3. Alice in a Sea of Tears
  4. A Caucus-Race
  5. Big Alice
  6. Humpty Dumpty
  7. An Enormous Puppy
  8. Nameless Forest
  9. Crow Pirate
  10. Advice from a Caterpillar
  11. Looking for the Eggs
  12. A Shocking Baby
  13. Mock Turtle
  14. Tweedledum and Tweedledee
  15. The Lion vs. the Unicorn
  16. The Queen's Croquet Ground
  17. Cheshire Cat
  18. The Oysters
  19. The Lobster-Quadrille
  20. A Mad Tea Party
  21. Lovely Circus Land
  22. The Weeping Mockturtle
  23. The Foot Tax
  24. Benny's Disappearance
  25. The Secret of Greenland
  26. Alice and the Looking-Glass
  27. The Exursion of the Heart Queen
  28. The Shy Duck
  29. Big Washing day
  30. Dream Sheep
  31. Just the Dawsons
  32. The White Rabbit Moves
  33. Strange Tour Operator
  34. Benny and the Screw Mouse
  35. Weather Man and Weather Woman
  36. The Angry Kangaroos
  37. The Balloon Trip
  38. The Clouds Country
  39. An Unpleasant Guest
  40. The Small Flutist
  41. The Honey Elephants
  42. Little Bill has Fallen In Love
  43. Pearl of Wisdom
  44. (Untranslated title)
  45. Family Photo
  46. Magic Drink
  47. Vanished Light Fairy
  48. Many Colored Candles
  49. Non-Birthday
  50. The Chimpanzee's Child
  51. The Battle of the Knights
  52. Queen Alice

Characters[edit]

  • Alice (アリス Arisu) voiced by TARAKO: In contrast to her novel counterpart, she is depicted with brown hair instead of blonde, a hat, and a red and white dress similar in design to her Disney counterpart's blue and white dress. She appears younger due to her anime design (as this is the same case with Dorothy's anime depiction in the anime adaptation of the Wizard of Oz)
  • Benny Bunny (ベニー): Alice's rabbit companion in her adventures throughout Wonderland. Found when Alice buys a magic hat in an old shop, Benny turns out to be the nephew of the White Rabbit, so he gets along fairly well with most of the Wonderlanders. He is always uncomfortable whenever they have to go to the Jabberwocky though, as the dragon is set on making rabbit stew out of him. He is also the only character in the series not originating from Lewis Caroll's stories.
  • The White Rabbit: Benny's jittery uncle and one of the Queen of Hearts' associates. He has white fur as his name implies, and often worries about being late for his duties.
  • The Cheshire Cat (チェシャキャット Cheshire) : A striped cat with the power to vanish himself and others. In most versions, the Cheshire Cat is portrayed as a smart aleck. In here, he's a bit of a bumbler.
  • The Queen of Hearts (ハートの女王) : The usual instigator of the current adventure's problem, the Queen shares the same rubenesque figure of her Disney counterpart. She wears a yellow dress and has a sloping, pointed nose, a contrast to her counterpart's flatish face and red and black gown. Another difference that separates her from most other depictions of the character is that she is the most human out of all of them; she can be reasoned with, and while she does threaten with beheadings, she usually only sends offenders to the dungeon for a few days.
  • The King of Hearts: The Queen of Hearts' pushover husband.
  • The Jabberwocky: A moody giant dragon living in a castle, beyond the forest. A loner of sorts, he doesn't like visitors that much and usually keeps to himself. Now and then he seems vaguely bent on cooking Alice's rabbit companion Benny Bunny. But he is in the end more grumpy than dangerous, and seems good-natured all in all. Sometimes ends up helping Alice with her troubles.
  • The Caterpillar (キャタピラ): Ostensibly the wisest out of all of the Wonderlanders, the Caterpillar can also be considered the sanest or most normal real-world-wise. Usually found in an area filled with mushrooms, the Caterpillar smokes from his hooka while listening to the different woes of the Wonderlanders. Alice usually comes to him for advice, which has developed into the two of them having a close friendship.
  • White King and Queen: The other monarchy in Wonderland.
  • Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  • Duchess
  • Walrus
  • Humpdy Dumpdy: An irritable living egg who often seen walking on a wall. Though he would wobble on the wall sometimes, he's often fortunate not to fall and shatter.
  • Mad Hatter: The hatted man who's fond of putting up tea parties.
  • March Hare: The Mad Hatter's closest companion at the tea party.
  • Dormouse: Another tea party attendee. The Dormouse is often asleep and therefore aloof. Although he receives a lot accidental abuse from other characters, he never complains. He also seemingly does not do anything besides dozing, although he is seen playing cymbals on one occasion.
  • Dodo
  • Mock Turtle

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