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Alice of Wonderland in Paris

1966

Young Alice, having become a celebrity for her adventures in Wonderland, is in her bedroom dreaming about visiting Paris and sharing adventures with story book girl, Madeline. A talking mouse named Francois rides a bicycle into Alice’s bedroom and wants to conduct a survey about her favorite cheeses. Alice wants to join Francois in his native Paris, so Francois uses a magical mushroom to shrink Alice to rodent size. Together, they ride through Paris, where Francois narrates a series of short stories such as Madeline and the Bad Hat, Madeline and the Gypsies, Anatole, The frowning Prince and Many Moons. In the end, when Alice finally meets Madeline, it turns out that Madeline dreams of being Alice in wonderland.


Alice of Wonderland in Paris or Alice in Paris is a 1966 Czech-American animated film directed by Gene Deitch and produced by William L. Snyder in extreme limited animation.

Plot

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 Cheese Burgers 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!”.< name=FT/>
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 (mouse)
  • Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline and the Bad Hat
  • Crockett Johnson's The Frowning Prince
  • James Thurber's Many Moons
  • Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline and the Gypsies.< name="Beck"></>
In the end, when Alice finally meets her, it turns out that Madeline dreams of being Alice in Wonderland.

Cast

  • 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)

Production

Alice of Wonderland in Paris was created by the team of Gene Deitch and William L. Snyder, who had previously collaborated on Munro (film), which won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 1961. The filmmakers were also briefly responsible for producing the Tom and Jerry, Popeye and The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show animated series.< name=FT></>
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.< name=FT />

Category:Czech animated films
Category:Czech films
Category:Animated films based on Alice in Wonderland
Category:1966 films
Category:Films directed by Gene Deitch
Category:Films set in Paris
Category:Anthology films
Category:Paramount Pictures films
Category:Films based on short fiction
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William L. Snyder

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