This is a mammoth two-part TV movie of Lewis Carroll's tale. The first is "Alice in Wonderland" and the second is the lesser-known "Through the Looking Glass."
"Alice in Wonderland" shows Alice following a white rabbit down a hole into Wonderland, where she encounters magical foods and talking animals. She meets the Queen of Hearts, who wants to decapitate her. Alice escapes to the wrong side of a mirror.
"Through the Looking Glass" shows Alice in Looking Glass Land, where everything is the opposite of reality. The first part had a playing card theme and this part has a chess theme. Alice must overcome her fears to defeat the Jabberwocky.
This is the best adaptations of Lewis Carroll's stories. It adds a musical element which don't overpower the story.
The story creates the fantastic worlds of Wonderland and Looking Glass Land. It is a great tale that shows the journey of becoming an adult in the disguise of a fun time in another world.
The cast is a who's who of celebrity all-stars. Some of the biggest names include Sheila Allen, Red Buttons, Sherman Hemsley, Shelley Winters, Scott Baio, Sammy Davis Jr., Telly Savalas, Roddy McDowall, Jayne Meadows, Sid Caesar, Ringo Starr, Steve Allen, Ernest Borgnine, Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, Carol Channing, Patrick Duffy, Merv Griffin, Ann Jillian, Karl Malden, Donna Mills, Pat Morita, John Stamos, Sally Struthers, and Jonathan Winters.
It is fun to watch celebrities that do not usually sing and dance. Telly Savalas is terrific as The Cheshire Cat with one of the best performances.
Natalie Gregory (Alice) is only ten years oldand gives a spectacular performance. She sings and dances well; She does a great dance duet with Sammy Davis Jr.
The sets are lavish but the costumes are cheesy because you can see the people witihin the costumes. The Jabberwocky is extra cheesy.
Some scenes are creepy, especially for children. The Jabberwocky scene is scary because it is shot inside a castle that goes completely dark during a thunderstorm. The baby turnsing into a pig is plain weird. Carol Channing's performance is scary itself!
"Alice in Wonderland" is the perfect adaptation of this classic children's story.