Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Watch a 107-year-old 'Alice in Wonderland'

Posted on

Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead like you wouldn’t believe in the first film version of Alice in Wonderland, recently restored by the BFI National Archive. At 12 minutes long, the 1903 production was the longest-running film in England at the time. The Cheshire Cat was played by a family pet! I can’t believe he didn’t react a little more strongly to a fluttering handkerchief.

Related: I just remembered that nearly all of the scenes from the 1985 network-TV Alice adaptation starring everyone in Hollywood (remember Carol Channing as the White Queen? Nightmares! Great ones!) are on YouTube. So, in honor of a very important 3-D date, I’m considering posting an Alice-related clip every morning in a special PopWatch category called Off With Her Head! And unless more than 30 people call for my head with the comment, “Annie, don’t do it!” — I will do it. I will go down that rabbit hole. Eat me.