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Adventures in Wonderland
Genre Musical
Format
Created by The Walt Disney Company
Directed by Gary Halvorson
Creative director
Starring Elisabeth Harnois
John Robert Hoffman
Reece Holland
Armelia McQueen
Patrick Richwood
Harry Waters Jr.
Robert Barry Fleming
Wesley Mann
Voices of
Composer(s) Mark Mothersbaugh
Opening theme
Number of seasons 1
Number of episodes 100 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Andi Copley
Producer(s) Stan Brodsky
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Betty Productions
Buena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channel The Disney Channel
Picture format
Audio format
Original run March 23, 1992 – 1995
External links

Adventures in Wonderland is a live-action musical television series based on Walt Disney's animated classic Alice in Wonderland. In the series, Alice (played by Elisabeth Harnois), was portrayed as a girl who can go to and from Wonderland simply by walking through her mirror (a reference to Wonderland's source material Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass).

The show originally ran from March 23, 1992 to 1995[1] (with reruns continuing until at least 1997[2]) on The Disney Channel and on stations across the country. Like many Disney Channel original shows, it was taped at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, with two sound stages used exclusively for it, but only for its first 40 episodes. Afterward, shooting was moved to Los Angeles, California.[3][4]

Home media releases

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released only three VHS tapes of certain episodes, however, there are currently no plans to release it on DVD.

Format

Usually the format consisted of Alice coming home from school and talking to Dinah (her cat) about a problem facing her that day, then going into Wonderland and finding the residents of that world facing a similar crisis. At the end of each episode she would return to the real world with a solution to her problem. In some cases, she would have a problem with her brother, Brian, or sister, Kathy, a friend, or some other dilemma, and by the show's end, she would know how to deal with it. In "To Tear Is Human," she learns a lesson in humility when she splits her pants in the middle of a charades game, making her not so quick to laugh at other people's misfortune. (Earlier in the episode, she had laughed at another student for dropping his lunch tray.)

Main characters

  • Alice: The show's protagonist, played by Elisabeth Harnois. Alice is an average preteen, often facing problems in school, with her brother, Brian, or sister, Kathy, or some other issue. She often confides in her cat, Dinah, about her day. She has a special gift in that she is able to pass into Wonderland by walking through her mirror (see Through the Looking-Glass). Whenever she arrives, she helps her friends solve their problems, which in turn offers a solution to hers in the real world.
  • The Red Queen: The ruler of Wonderland, played by Armelia McQueen. The Red Queen or Queen of Hearts, is Wonderland's sole monarch (she is combination of The Queen of Hearts from Carroll's original book and the Red Queen from Through The Looking-Glass). She is strict but fair, often citing her mother and grandmother's example in her ruling. Unfortunately, she is occasionally a source for trouble, usually due to her selfish attitude. As queen, she expects to get whatever she wants right away, and often pouts when things go wrong - often to the point where she says "Oh harumph!". She usually ends up eating crow by the end of the episode, but sometimes, she offers solutions to problems other Wonderland residents face. Deep down, she cares greatly for her subjects (especially the White Rabbit), throwing them parties and celebrating their accomplishments.
  • The White Rabbit: The Queen's chief lackey, played by Patrick Richwood. He is the Queen's personal chef, servant, butler, event planner, shopping assistant, and every other job that she can think of at the time. He wears roller skates to get around, and occasionally loses control-with humorous results. He is also exceptionally timid, unable to stand up to the Queen when he is being treated unjustly. He is good friends with the other citizens of Wonderland, and he is often a notable accomplice in their schemes, given his proximity to Her Majesty. Though he occasionally complains, he is actually the Queen's closest confidant, and he often sympathizes with her.
  • Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum: A pair of wacky twins played by Robert Barry Fleming and Harry Waters Jr.. They wear bright, colorful clothing and sing and dance in the style of hip hop music. As brothers, they share a strong sibling rivalry, often competing with each other about nearly everything. They are the most athletic residents of Wonderland, often playing sports and organizing games. Their brotherly love usually triumphs over petty problems, and they usually offer Alice some sensible advice on any problems she may have.
  • The Mad Hatter: Wonderland's resident oddball, played by John Robert Hoffman. He lives in a house shaped like a hat, and is usually seen at his perpetually set tea table. He tends to be rather careless with his dishes and cups. He is Wonderland's chief inventor, often devising crazy machines and potions to get himself and the gang out of trouble. However, the devices tend to get them into further trouble. He also has an affinity for disguises, such as fake beards and nose/eyeglasses. His catch phrase is, "How true that is."
  • The March Hare: The hare that manages to be bright and foolish at the same time, played by Reece Holland. He is quite intelligent, and he often assists his best friend the Mad Hatter in inventing and scheming. Unfortunately, he lacks common sense, and is easily duped by others. He also usually serves the role of conscience among his friends; when a poor choice of judgment is reached, he is usually the one who questions the decision the most. He and the Mad Hatter are best friends, but they annoy each other almost as much as they pal around.
  • The Caterpillar: This mammoth insect is Wonderland's wisest resident, played by Wesley Mann. When he speaks, he draws out his vowels in a long, deep voice. As a bug, he has three pairs of hands, which he often uses in tandem to complete tasks. He has a book of wondrous stories, similar to fables in their animal characters and simple morals. The characters often visit the Caterpillar in his mushroom glen to seek advice, which comes in the form of a story. Occasionally, he leaves his patch to visit other Wonderland areas.
  • The Cheshire Cat: a sarcastic, purple-striped cat that has the power to disappear and reappear at will. He loves to play all manner of practical jokes on the Wonderlanders, but even he occasionally performs some act of kindness.
  • The Dormouse: A tiny rodent played by a puppet. He lives in a teapot on the Hatter's tea table. Despite his small size, he apparently has all the necessities of life inside his home, including a kitchen sink and a painting gallery.

Minor characters

  • The Duchess: The Red Queen's chief rival and, in a strange way, good friend (played by Teri Garr). They constantly quest to upstage each other, often trading insults along the way. Often refers to the Queen as "Twinkle Toes". Apparently, their rivalry began when they were still quite young. All of the Wonderlanders assume that they dislike each other-but deep down, the two admit that they have a special, if rocky, relationship.
  • The Walrus: A newcomer to Wonderland, played by veteran Broadway actor Ken Page. When he first moved there, he was the victim of prejudice, but soon gained friendships with all of the other citizens. He is quite smart-although he does have one rather strange oddity, in that his best friend Pinniped is completely invisible. Though he seems different, he is accepted as just another member of the Wonderland gang.
  • Crystalvision: Although not really a living breathing character Crystalvision (Crystal for short) is often seen around Wonderland in various places. Crystal's role in Wonderland is something like that of a television showing clips and prerecorded images for all the citizens of Wonderland to see. In some episodes it was shown having a real personality by making joke via showing words on its screen and by the characters acknowledging it as a person.
  • Mike McNasty - A bully that wears cowboy-like garb (played by Gilbert Gottfried). He has a mother who is mentioned in the episode, "Pie Noon". She never appeared in the episode. He was seen in a flashback by the March Hare when his life was mentioned about the time he got bullied in high school. He's defeated by being hit on the face w/a pie.
  • Town Singer - A singer who walks all over town (played by country singer/songwriter Willie Nelson) with a guitar while singing at the same time.
  • Mama Red Queen - The Red Queen's mother (played by Armelia McQueen)

Gallery

References

  1. Michaelson, Judith (1992-03-23). "Hip 'Wonderland' Aims to Educate : Television: The Disney Channel's version of Lewis Carroll's Alice classics mixes live action, claymation, songs and lots of puns. The series premieres today. - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  2. The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 14, no. 6, December 1996/January 1997: p. 28.
  3. Terrano, Jennifer (2010-11-23). Only Lucy knew the truth, and at her window... - Patrick Richwood Interview (Part 1 of 2) Jennifer Terrano's Interview with Patrick Richwood (2010) (in English). (Interview). Ladybow.livejournal.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  4. David, Mariah (2008). Now Let's Do A White Rabbit Interview! Mariah L. David's Interview with Patrick Richwood for Adventures in Wonderland Myspace Fanpage (2008) (in English). (Interview). Adventuresinwonderland.tripod.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
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Media

Films: Alice in Wonderland | Video | 2010 film | Alice Through the Looking Glass
TV Series: Adventures in Wonderland (Episode List) | Bonkers | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Shorts and Specials: A Lesson in Appreciating Differences | Donald in Mathmagic Land | Reading Magic with Figment and Alice in Wonderland | One Hour in Wonderland | Operation Wonderland
Books: Book for Colors | Alice Favorites | It's About Time! | Little Golden Book | Disney Read-Along | Classic Storybook | Big Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Paper Doll | Paper Dolls | Finds the Garden of Live Flowers | Alice in the White Rabbit's House | Meets the White Rabbit | Alice's Tea Party | Alice's Wonderland Adventure | Mad Hatter's Tea Party | Grin and Play | Down the Rabbit Hole | Alice Meets the White Rabbit | Disney Classics Little Golden Book Library | Wonderland | A Matter of Time
Video Games: Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded | Kingdom Hearts χ | Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ | 2000 game | Alice no Paint Adventure | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | 2010 game | Kinect Disneyland Adventures | Hidden Worlds | Disney Magical World | Disney Universe | Disney's Villains' Revenge
Music: Alice and the Mad Tea Party | Alice and the Trial | Alice and the White Rabbit | All the Songs from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland | Little Nipper Giant Storybook Record Album | Almost Alice

Disney Parks

Alice's Curious Labyrinth | Alice in Wonderland | Alice in Wonderland Maze | Celebrate the Magic | Cheshire Cafe | Club Villain | Disney in the Stars | It's a Small World | Mad T Party | Mad Tea Party | March Hare Refreshments | Mickey Mouse Revue | Once Upon a Time | One Man's Dream | Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall | Storybook Land Canal Boats | The Mad Hatter

Characters

Animated film: Alice | Dinah | Alice's sister | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Dormouse | White Rabbit | Cheshire Cat | The Doorknob | Dodo | Caucus Race Animals | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Curious Oysters | Bill the Lizard | Bread-And-Butterflies | Rose and the Flowers | Rocking-horsefly | Caterpillar | Mother Bird | Tulgey Wood Animals | Birdcage Bird | Hammer and Pencil Birds | Mome Raths | Card Soldiers | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Flamingos | Hedgehogs | The Jury | Dog and Cat Caterpillars
Live action films: Alice Kingsleigh | Margaret Kingsleigh | Lady Ascot | Lord Ascot | Hamish Ascot | The Chataway Girls | Fiona Chataway | Faith Chataway | Nivins McTwisp | Tarrant Hightopp | Thackery Earwicket | Mally | Ansolem | The Tweedle Boys | Chessur | Uilleam | Bielle | Bayard | Frog Servants | Tall Flowers | The Red Queen | The White Queen | Knave of Hearts | Monkey Servants | Bandersnatch | The Jub Jub Bird | Jabberwocky | Armoured Cards | Armoured Chess Pieces | Time
Other: Mary Ann | Humpty Dumpty

Objects

Animated film: Drink Me Bottle | Eat Me Cookies | White Rabbit's Watch
Live action films: Upelkuchen | Mad Hatter's hat | Oraculum | Chronosphere

Deleted Concepts and Characters

Jabberwocky | Anthropomorphic "Drink Me" Bottle | The Puppy | The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle | 1933 film | 1939 film

Locations

Animated film: Wonderland | Rabbit Hole | The Exterior | White Rabbit's House | Shoreline | The Meadow of Living Flowers | The Mushroom | The Mad Hatter's House | The Queen of Hearts' Castle | Wonderland Maze | Tulgey Wood | England | London
Live action films: Underland | The Red Queen's Castle | The White Queen's Castle | Time's Castle

Songs

Animated film: Alice in Wonderland | I'm Late | In a World of My Own | Sailor's Hornpipe | The Caucus Race/Reprise | How Do You Do and Shake Hands | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Old Father William | All in the Golden Afternoon | The Unbirthday Song | Very Good Advice | Painting the Roses Red | Dodgsonland | Ocean of Tears | Simon Says | Whooooo Are Youuuuu?
Live action films: Alice's theme
Deleted: Beyond the Laughing Sky | Beautiful Soup | Beware the Jabberwock | I'm Odd | The Lobster Quadrille

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