Undoing Disney

She’s back. Alice, that is. But maybe we should make it clear which Alice we’re talking about because … well, maybe it’s not as disorienting as falling into an alternate universe, but it’s not as easy as it seems.
You see, there are two separate books by Lewis Carroll: “Through the Looking Glass” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Then Disney came in and made a mess of everything, combining the two books for its 1951 full-length animated version, which, for better or – more likely – worse, is the standard, the version that everyone remembers.
So while many of us may be expecting to see Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum and the chess game when Theater in the Open stages “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” this weekend, we won’t see them.

Merrimack River Current | 4 June 2004

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