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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) | Bonkers | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland | A Poem Is...
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

Animated film: Alice's Curious Labyrinth | Alice in Wonderland | Art of Animation | Club Villain | Disney Animation Building | It's a Small World | Mad Tea Party | Mickey Mouse Revue | Storybook Land Canal Boats
Live action: Alice in Wonderland Maze | Mad T Party | The Nightmare Experiment
Entertainment: Celebrate the Magic | Disney in the Stars | Once Upon a Time | One Man's Dream | Queen of Hearts's Easter Bonnet Party
Restaurants: Cheshire Cafe | March Hare Refreshments | Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall
Shops: The Mad Hatter
Parade: Disney Magic on Parade | Disney On Parade 100 Years of Magic | Disney on Parade | Happiness is Here Parade | Main Street Electrical Parade | Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party | Happy Hallowishes | Inferno Dance Party | It's Good To Be Bad With The Disney Villains | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | The Nightmare Experiment | Villains Mix and Mingle | Villains Night Out!
Christmas: Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Characters

Animated film: Alice | Dinah | Alice's sister | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Dormouse | White Rabbit | Cheshire Cat | The Doorknob | Dodo | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Curious Oysters | Bill the Lizard | Rose and the Flowers | Rose and the flowers | Caterpillar | Hammer and Pencil Birds | Mome Raths | Card Soldiers | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Flamingos | Hedgehogs
Live action films: Alice Kingsleigh | Charles Kingsleigh | Margaret Kingsleigh | Helen Kingsleigh | Lady Ascot | Lord Ascot | Hamish Ascot | Fiona and Faith Chattaway | Nivins McTwisp | Tarrant Hightopp | Thackery Earwicket | Mally | Absolem | 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 | Oraculum | Chronosphere
Other: Mad Hatter's hat

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 | In a World of My Own | I'm Late | Sailor's Hornpipe | The Caucus Race | 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 | Alice | Just Like Fire | White Rabbit
Deleted: Beyond the Laughing Sky | Beautiful Soup | Beware the Jabberwock | I'm Odd | The Lobster Quadrille | Gavotte of the Cards | Entrance of the Executioner | When the Wind is in the East | So They Say

Deleted Concepts and Characters

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

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