David Everitt
May 28, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie - 1999)

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
runtime
129 minutes
performer
Tina Majorino, Robbie Coltrane, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lloyd, Pete Postlethwaite, Miranda Richardson, Martin Short, George Wendt
director
Nick Willing
distributor
NBC
author
Peter Barnes
genre
Kids and Family, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

Digital effects and Henson-shop creatures inject new-technology sizzle into this TV movie of the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland. Talky but engaging, the production retains a bookish quality as the big-name cast savors the author’s topsy-turvy wordplay and bizarre characters. The best supporting players are Martin Short, who gives the Mad Hatter that alternate-life-form weirdness he emits so easily, and Miranda Richardson as the Queen of Hearts, a deranged monarch more like her Queen Elizabeth in the Black Adder series than her Queen Mab in last year’s similar-looking Merlin. B

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