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Alice in Wonderland (1988 film)

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Alice in Wonderland
Directed byRich Trueblood
Produced byRoz Phillips
Written byPaul Leadon, Lewis Carroll (original author)
Based onAlice's Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
Music byMark Isaacs
CinematographyRobert Jacobs
Edited byMark D'Arcy Irvine, Peter Jennings, Caroline Neave
Distributed byNuTech Digital
Release date
1988 (Australia)
Running time
51 minutes

Alice in Wonderland is an Australian 51-minute direct-to-video animated film from Burbank Films Australia. It was originally released in 1988.[1] The film is based on Lewis Carroll's classic English novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, first published in 1865, and was adapted by Paul Leadon. Unlike many other adaptations of the novel, this one did not borrow elements from its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass (1871), combined into one film. The production company produced a 73-minute adaptation of the second novel the year before, in 1987, entitled Alice: Through the Looking-Glass. The 1988 film was produced by Roz Phillips and directed by Rich Trueblood. Quite uncommon among Burbank Films Australia's adaptations of classic literary works, Alice in Wonderland featured one original theme song, composed by Mark Isaacs. The copyright in this film is now owned by Pulse Distribution and Entertainment[2] and administered by digital rights management firm NuTech Digital.[3]

Plot summary

Alice is sitting by the riverbank all alone reading her book entitled The Principles of Logical Calculus when she decides she simply could not stand to read any further. She's bored and she hates being stuck in that "horrible place", as she refers to her beautiful outdoor garden. Suddenly out of nowhere, a talking white rabbit wearing a waistcoat and a pocket watch appears, and Alice sees that he is in a big hurry. Running with curiosity, Alice follows the white rabbit down his rabbit hole, and the girl soon finds herself falling deep into the hole. Amazingly, her dress balloons out and she begins to float down past shelves and cupboards, mirrors and other curious objects, which are lined up on shelves.

Alice continues to float until she lands and is then in a place called Wonderland. Inside a hall with many different passages, Alice opens a tiny door leading to what she believes is the most beautiful garden she could have ever imagined. In the distance, Alice spots a very curious sort of race, a caucus race, and watches the animals cheer as a small snail defeats the other animals. During her day in Wonderland, Alice questions all of the interesting characters she meets, including the Duchess and her Cheshire Cat about the beautiful garden and how to get there. The girl attends a very extraordinary tea party with two very unusual characters, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, and is finally invited for a game of croquet with her majesty, the Queen of Hearts. When the Knave of Hearts is unjustly accused of stealing some of the queen's tarts, Alice confesses the truth and tells the jury that it was really she who took the tarts when they had been offered to her. Thus ends Alice's day in Wonderland, and upon finding herself once more in her own garden, Alice for a moment believes to have at last found the beautiful garden she had sought; only then does she realize that she's really at home. After a long day of nonsense and topsy-turvy madness, Alice embraces her book on "logical" calculus and smiles back at the wonderful world she had the pleasure of visiting, if only in a dream.


  1. ^ "Release dates for Alice in Wonderland". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 22 March 2008.
  2. ^ US Copyright Office Archived 5 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine Document No V3285P205 1996-09-25
  3. ^ BTECH article on NuTech and Pulse distribution agreement.
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