Alice of Wonderland in Paris
|Alice of Wonderland in Paris|
Original U.S. movie poster
|Directed by||Gene Deitch|
|Produced by||William L. Snyder|
|Music by||Paul Alter
|Distributed by||Childhood Productions|
Young Alice, having become a celebrity for her adventures in Wonderland, is in her bedroom dreaming about visiting Paris and sharing adventures with the storybook girl Madeline. While no comment is made as to where this Alice comes from or what time the film is set in, Alice seems to be American, as she likes cheeseburgers and is having a great deal of trouble when it comes to getting to France. As Alice points out, “Getting to Wonderland was easy – all I had to do was fall down the rabbit hole. But let’s face it – it takes money to get to Paris!”.
As Alice dreams in her bedroom, a talking mouse named François rides a bicycle into Alice’s bedroom and wants to conduct a survey about her favourite cheeses. Alice wants to join François in his native Paris, so François uses a cheese that his company makes, which uses the same magical mushroom she ate in Wonderland as an ingredient, to shrink Alice to rodent size. Together, they ride through Paris, where François narrates a series of short stories with a Parisian theme.
The film includes brief adaptations of five short stories:
- Eve Titus' Anatole
- Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline and the Bad Hat
- Crockett Johnson's The Frowning Prince
- James Thurber's Many Moons
- Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline and the Gypsies.
In the end, when Alice finally meets her, it turns out that Madeline dreams of being Alice in Wonderland.
- Norma MacMillan as Alice
- Luce Ennis as Queen
- Howard Morris as Grand Wizard, King, The Frowning Prince
- Carl Reiner as Anatole
- Trinka Snyder as Princes Lenore
- Allen Swift as François, Narrator, King, Lord High Chamberlain
- Lionel G. Wilson as Jester, Royal Mathematician, Royal Wizard, Minstrel (as Lionel Wilson)
Alice of Wonderland in Paris was created by the team of Gene Deitch and William L. Snyder, who had previously collaborated on Munro, which won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 1961. The filmmakers (along with Rembrandt Films) were also responsible for producing the 1961–1962 Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoons for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and also were one of the producers of the Popeye animated TV series for King Features Syndicate.
Attracted to the economy and beauty of Prague, Deitch and Snyder produced cartoons for both cinema release and cartoons based on short stories for school educational film use. Five of these stories were placed in the feature with new Alice sequences to be released as a feature film in the West.
Alice of Wonderland in Paris ran 52 minutes, which was somewhat short for a feature film release, and it was presented for its 1966 U.S. theatrical distribution on a bill with the short film White Mane. It was originally distributed in the U.S. theaters by a company called Childhood Productions; Paramount Pictures re-released it in the 1970s as Alice in a New Wonderland, and White Mane was also part of the bill.
- Jerry Beck (2005). The Animated Movie Guide: The Ultimate Illustrated Reference to Cartoon, Stop-motion, And Computer-generated Feature Films. Chicago Review Press. pp. 12–13. ISBN 1-55652-591-5.
- The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States. University of California Press. 1997. p. 17. ISBN 0-520-20970-2.