This week, Lewis Carroll’s seminal children’s classic ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ celebrates its 150th anniversary. Of course there are many other classic novels that have been around much longer, but there are very few books for children that have not only survived the test of time as well as ‘Alice’, but have become such a part of our collective consciousness and imagination. It has always remained in print and intact, never a word changed and almost always accompanied by John Tenniel’s iconic illustrations. Along with its sequel ‘Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There’, it has been studied, debated over, analysed, praised, damned and adored almost more than any other book in the English language. Perhaps what is most incredible though is that, even after a century and a half, it’s still as magical, hilarious, hypnotic and wildly entertaining as the day it was published.
Carroll’s masterpieces is among my favourite books, so much so that I own at least three different editions, studied them at university and always make sure I have a copy handy when I go on a long holiday. So as you can imagine, being a film buff and an ‘Alice’ fanatic, I’ve spent a lot of time trawling through the numerous film and television adaptations. Some are sublime and some are garbage, so to commemorate her 150th anniversary, I’m going to share with you my thoughts on some of the most significant adaptations of Alice’s journey through Wonderland, including some gems you may have never heard of.
And if anyone needs someone to make a new big-screen adaptation, I do have one ready to go. Just saying.