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Twelve years prior to the 1951 film, Alice in Wonderland has been planned out since the 1930's, as the first ever animated feature by Disney.

However, despite of Walt Disney's enthusiasm, the film was postponed and cancelled due to restricted budgets that had imposed the studio during World War II, plus the film was not released until the year 1951.

History

The 1939 draft had beautiful artwork and storyboards done by the talented British concept and visual development artist David Hall, a script by Al Perkins, and songs by Frank Churchill. The Leica reel composed for the film even had a voice cast, such as Cliff Edwards (who played Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio) portraying the Anthropomorphic "Drink Me" Bottle.

Walt Disney ultimately turned the draft down, as the Wonderland's denizens looked far too monstrous for his tastes, and were hard to animate, as they resembled the Teniel illustrations too closely. 

Ultimately, Walt Disney Animation Studios instead went for a lighter, more modern approach with the final film. However, bits and pieces of this early version have emerged from time to time.

Plot

The film opens with Alice on a riverbank like in the final version. She eventually sees the White Rabbit and follows him down a hole, leading to a massive void of gems, stars, and ferocious bats. She then meets the Anthropomorphic "Drink Me" Bottle (voiced by Cliff Edwards), who offers to give Alice a drink of his magic, growing her and then shrinking her. When she shrinks, she is washed into Wonderland by her own tears. She is rescued by the Mouse, and then whisked off to the island of the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle and participates in The Lobster Quadrille. After the dance ends, the Cheshire Cat arrives on the scene and scares everyone away but befriends Alice in her hunt for the White Rabbit.

Wandering through Wonderland, Alice encounters The Caterpillar who tells her about the mushroom which will make her grow. After taking a piece, Alice's neck grows incredibly long, shooting her head up into some trees where a family of birds reside. The birds mistake Alice for a serpent and subsequently attack her. However, she takes another piece from the other side of the mushroom and shrinks herself again. Presently, Alice meets Puppy who begins to chase her. Fortunately, the Cheshire Cat shows up and scares it off. He then tells Alice about the Mad Hatter and the March Hare.

At the Hatter's place, he and the Hare are trying to repair the White Rabbit's watch by smearing the inner-mechanisms with butter. Alice tells them that the watch isn't broken, so the Mad Hatter concludes that "it must be broken before it can be fixed" and flings it over the garden wall. The White Rabbit then shows up and scolds the two for breaking his watch, at which point they declare that he "can't go to the Queen's party without any jam on" and proceed to smear it all over him. Then, the Hatter and the Hare declare that Alice is in no state to attend the party as well because "her legs and hair are too long" and advance toward her with scissors and a knife, prompting Alice to run.

Next, Alice arrives at the White Rabbit's House where she meets the Monkey who shows no interest in starting a conversation with her. Soon, the White Rabbit arrives on a high-wheeled bicycle and crashes into the Monkey, breaking his glasses. Mistaking Alice for his housekeeper, Mary Anne, the White Rabbit sends her inside to fetch another pair. In the bedroom, she finds several different pairs of glasses, all of which magnify whatever part of her body is reflected in the lenses.

After Alice has eaten the cake which makes her grow enormous, the real Mary Anne shows up and terrified at the sight of the giant girl, rushes outside and bangs on a pot with a spoon, alerting the Wonderland Fire Department, who show up with Bill the Lizard in tow. Inside, Alice begins to cry, but is surprised to see the Bottle appear from between some books. He offers her another drink to shrink her, which she accepts, then leaves.

A little later, Alice sees the house of the Duchess and decides to investigate it. In the kitchen, the Duchess is nursing a baby while singing. The Cook starts tossing every pan and dish at her disposal at her, so Alice grabs the baby and runs outside with it, only for it to change into a pig.

In the final scene, Alice comes to The Queen of Hearts' Castle where the Knave of Hearts is accused of stealing the Queen's tarts and put on trail. Alice tries to testify for the Knave, only for the King of Hearts to order for him to be shot with a cannon. After the Knave is taken care of, the Queen orders Alice to be killed, so she is tied to a bench underneath a large stone gear that will come down and crush her. Luckily, Alice wakes up and finds herself back by the river.

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Media
Films: Alice in Wonderland (Video) • 2010 film (Video) • Alice Through the Looking Glass

TV Series: Adventures in Wonderland (Episode List) • BonkersHouse of MouseOnce Upon a TimeOnce Upon a Time in WonderlandA Poem Is...
Shorts and Specials: A Lesson in Appreciating DifferencesDonald in Mathmagic LandReading Magic with Figment and Alice in WonderlandOne Hour in WonderlandOperation Wonderland
Books: Book for ColorsAlice FavoritesIt's About Time!Little Golden BookDisney Read-AlongClassic StorybookBig Golden BookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingPaper DollPaper DollsFinds the Garden of Live FlowersAlice in the White Rabbit's HouseMeets the White RabbitAlice's Tea PartyAlice's Wonderland AdventureMad Hatter's Tea PartyGrin and PlayDown the Rabbit HoleAlice Meets the White RabbitDisney Classics Little Golden Book LibraryWonderlandA Matter of Time
Video Games: Kingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts coded Kingdom Hearts χ Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ2000 gameAlice no Paint AdventureDisney INFINITYDisney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition2010 gameKinect Disneyland AdventuresHidden WorldsDisney Magical WorldDisney UniverseDisney's Villains' RevengeDisney Crossy RoadDisney Emoji Blitz
Music: Alice and the Mad Tea PartyAlice and the TrialAlice and the White RabbitAll the Songs from Walt Disney's Alice in WonderlandLittle Nipper Giant Storybook Record AlbumAlmost Alice

Disney Parks
Animated film: Alice's Curious LabyrinthAlice in WonderlandArt of AnimationClub VillainDisney Animation BuildingIt's a Small WorldMad Tea PartyMickey Mouse RevueStorybook Land Canal Boats

Live action: Alice in Wonderland MazeMad T PartyMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment Continues
Entertainment: Cinderellabration: Lights of RomanceMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”One Man's DreamQueen of Hearts's Easter Bonnet Party
Restaurants: Cheshire CafeMarch Hare RefreshmentsQueen of Hearts Banquet Hall
Shops: The Mad Hatter
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney Magic on ParadeDisney On Parade 100 Years of MagicDisney on ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeMain Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's WaterWorksMinnie's Little Spring TrainWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Celebrate the MagicDisney in the StarsOnce Upon a Time
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyHappy HallowishesInferno Dance PartyIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment ContinuesRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out!
Christmas: Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Characters
Animated film: AliceDinahAlice's older sisterMad HatterMarch HareDormouseWhite RabbitCheshire CatThe DoorknobDodoTweedle Dee and Tweedle DumThe Walrus and the CarpenterCurious OystersBill the LizardFlowers of WonderlandCaterpillarHammer and Pencil BirdsMome RathsCard SoldiersQueen of HeartsKing of HeartsFlamingosHedgehogs

Live action films: Alice KingsleighCharles KingsleighMargaret KingsleighHelen KingsleighLady AscotLord AscotHamish AscotFiona and Faith ChattawayNivins McTwispTarrant HightoppThackery EarwicketMallyAbsolemThe Tweedle BoysChessurUilleamBielleBayardFrog ServantsTall FlowersThe Red QueenThe White QueenKnave of HeartsMonkey ServantsBandersnatchThe Jub Jub BirdJabberwockyArmoured CardsArmoured Chess PiecesTime
Other: Mary AnnHumpty Dumpty

Objects
Animated film: Drink Me BottleEat Me CookiesWhite Rabbit's Watch

Live action films: UpelkuchenOraculumChronosphere
Other: Mad Hatter's hat

Locations
Animated film: WonderlandThe ExteriorWhite Rabbit's HouseShorelineThe Meadow of Living FlowersThe MushroomThe Mad Hatter's HouseThe Queen of Hearts' CastleWonderland MazeTulgey WoodEnglandLondon

Live action films: UnderlandThe Red Queen's CastleThe White Queen's CastleTime's Castle

Songs
Animated film: Alice in WonderlandIn a World of My OwnI'm LateSailor's HornpipeThe Caucus RaceHow Do You Do and Shake HandsThe Walrus and the CarpenterOld Father WilliamSmoke the Blighter OutAll in the Golden AfternoonA-E-I-O-UThe Unbirthday SongVery Good AdvicePainting the Roses RedDodgsonlandOcean of TearsSimon SaysWhooooo Are Youuuuu?

Live action films: Alice's themeAliceJust Like FireWhite Rabbit
Deleted: Beyond the Laughing SkyBeautiful SoupBeware the JabberwockI'm OddThe Lobster QuadrilleGavotte of the CardsEntrance of the ExecutionerWhen the Wind is in the EastSo They SayEverything Has a UsenessDream CaravanSpeak Roughly to Your Little BoyIf You'll Believe in Me

Deleted Concepts and Characters
JabberwockyAnthropomorphic "Drink Me" BottleThe PuppyThe Gryphon and the Mock Turtle1933 film1939 film