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One Hour in Wonderland is a 1950 television special made by Walt Disney Productions. It was first seen on Christmas Day, 1950, over NBC (4–5 pm in all time zones) for Coca-Cola, and was Walt Disney's first television production. It featured Walt as host, with Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy (who appeared on radio for Coke), and other celebrities who worked with Walt, including the Firehouse Five Plus Two jazz band. This special was actually a promotional film for Disney's upcoming theatrical feature, Alice in Wonderland. Kathryn Beaumont, who was Alice's voice, was dressed like her for this special.

This television special was included as a bonus feature on the Masterpiece and Un-Anniversary DVD editions of Alice in Wonderland, as well as the 2011 Blu-ray release.

Synopsis

Edgar Bergen informs Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd that Walt Disney has invited them to a tea party. Charlie is hesitant to go, but reluctantly changes his mind when he learns Kathryn Beaumont will be there. While driving to the studio, Edgar tells the story of Alice in Wonderland, much to Charlie's dismay. When they arrive, Walt Disney tells everyone that he was able to buy the Magic Mirror from Snow White (who apparently got it from the Wicked Queen). Charlie insults the mirror, calling it a "hopped-up television set." This enrages the mirror but Walt calms him down. The Mirror then shows everybody what they wish to see. He shows Kathryn a scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Charlie the Mickey Mouse short Clock Cleaners (although Charlie wanted to see himself), Bobby Driscoll a Br'er Rabbit story, Mortimer a Pluto short, and Edgar a performance by Firehouse Five Plus Two. At the end of the song, they see Walt, and frantically finish a scene with Tweedledee and Tweedledum. The Mirror at first refuses to show the unfinished Alice in Wonderland, but changes his mind when everyone wants to see it. The Mirror then reluctantly shows a scene from Alice in Wonderland. At the end of the special, Edgar has acquired the Magic Mirror. Charlie tries to make a deal with the mirror, but it turns out Mortimer is the new slave of the magic mirror. Charlie changes his mind and goes to sleep.

Segments

Cast

Gallery

Trivia

  • The opening scene with Santa Claus was filmed backwards so that he could appear to levitate the gifts out of the bag.
  • While this program promotes Disney's upcoming film Alice in Wonderland, it features three cast members from Disney's next animated film Peter Pan: Bobby Driscoll (Peter Pan), Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy Darling), and Hans Conried (Captain Hook/Mr. Darling). Before that, they also appeared in Walt Disney Christmas Show which which had Bobby dressed as Peter, Kathryn dressed as Wendy, and Hans as the Magic Mirror once more.
  • The Coca-Cola logo flashes while the credits are rolling and the announcer's voice is heard.
  • While the credits are rolling, the announcer says "Now to make this Christmas Day complete, may we suggest that you and your family visit your local theater tonight to enjoy on the many fine movies playing in your city. In 1951, look for Walt Disney's Technicolor production, Alice in Wonderland."
  • From its original broadcast, the entire film, including the clips from Disney's cartoons and movies were in black and white, due to the original negatives of this film. On the Masterpiece Edition DVD of Alice in Wonderland (Disc 2), the whole program is still in black and white, except the cartoon and movie clips, which were collected from various color sources just for the DVD release.
  • During the car ride, Edgar Bergen's ventriloquism is not perfect, as his mouth can be seen moving along with Charlie McCarthy's dialogue.
  • The films So Dear to My Heart and The Widow were mentioned by Kathryn Beaumont when she explains about Bobby Driscoll's Academy Award.
  • "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" from Cinderella plays over the opening credits; Walt exclaims the phrase to reveal the Magic Mirror.
  • During the opening credits, there are dolls of Donald, Jose Carioca and Panchito in Santa's bag.

Quotes

  • Charlie McCarthy: Okay, magic boy, let's see who you really are.
  • Slave in the Magic Mirror: What is it, son of the sapling?
  • Charlie McCarthy: I'll ignore that.
  • Edgar Bergen: I've never told you the story of Alice in Wonderland, have I?
  • Charlie McCarthy: No, I've been lucky so far.
  • Edgar Bergen: Well, once upon a time...
  • Charlie McCarthy: Here we go...
  • Edgar Bergen: There was a child named Alice. She was a little girl.
  • Charlie McCarthy: Say, you have done research, haven't you?
  • Edgar Bergen: One summer day, she was seated on a riverbank, and she began to feel drowsy.
  • Charlie McCarthy: Well, she should have watched where she was sitting. Or did you say drowsy?
  • Edgar Bergen: What's the matter, Mortimer, car sick?
  • Mortimer Snerd: No, I'm sick.
  • Kathryn Beaumont: Mortimer, you musn't be afraid of people. Goodness, I'm only a girl.
  • Mortimer Snerd: That's the worst kind.
  • Charlie McCarthy: [as Walt summons the Slave in the Magic Mirror] How hammy can you get? Do you girls know this character, Disney?
  • Diane Disney: Yes.
  • Sharon Disney: He's our father.
  • Charlie McCarthy: Eh... oh.
  • Charlie McCarthy: [about the Magic Mirror] That's probably some kind of a hopped-up television set.
  • Slave in the Magic Mirror: Television?
  • [infuriated]
  • Slave in the Magic Mirror: TELEVISION?
  • [Thunder crashes and lightning flashes inside the mirror; everyone gasps]
  • Walt Disney: Whoa! Steady, old boy! Take it easy.
  • Slave in the Magic Mirror: Television, ha! I have never been so insulted in all my unborn days.
  • Charlie McCarthy: [as they prepare to go to the Disney Studios] Now, now, now look, Bergy, can't this clambake wait? I have an important meeting with the junior hot rodders.
  • Edgar Bergen: Well, we've been invited to a tea party at the Walt Disney Studios.
  • Charlie McCarthy: A tea party?
  • Edgar Bergen: Yes.
  • Charlie McCarthy: Holy mackerel. I thought that stuff went out with the bustle.

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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 Road
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 PartyThe Nightmare Experiment
Entertainment: 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 Magic on ParadeDisney On Parade 100 Years of MagicDisney on ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeMain Street Electrical ParadeMickey's WaterWorksWalt 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 VillainsRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Nightmare ExperimentVillains 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: WonderlandRabbit HoleThe 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 WilliamAll in the Golden AfternoonThe 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 Say

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

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