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Alice in Wonderland timeless themes. Lewis Carrol published Alice in Wonderland in 1865 and it has been a classic ever since. Songs and poems have been written about Alice and her adventures, and 25 TV and film productions have been made.

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Alice headbands, Alice the brand. Alice in Chains the band, even TV chef Heston Blumenthal known for his wacky take on taste. What do these all have in common? Lewis Carrol published Alice in Wonderland in 1865 and it has been a classic ever since. Songs and poems have been written about Alice and her adventures, and 25 TV and film productions have been made. The story is eternal which can be seen through the many adaptations and transformations that have surfaced since its publication. Many question why Carroll's story has survived for so many years, when it is such a clich´┐Ż of a story. Young girl finds another world, just like Narnia, Coraline or the Wizard of Oz, explores for a bit, gets in trouble then goes home. You can understand why its so popular by looking at what inspired Carroll. He has a mathematical brain, and is very logical. He was interested in photography. But he also had a dark side, he had abnormal eating habits, sleeping difficulties and he was neglected in his childhood. His story is about hopes and dreams, and finding a world to escape from his troubles, which anyone who has ever experienced hardship can relate to. ...read more.

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The film was produced by a conservative body, Walt Disney, whose intention it was to make money and entertain the most amount of people. The 2010 Film version had similar goals, to make money. Alice is several years older, 19 rather than the 7 1/2 of the book, and she is more tom-boy, rough rather than sweet and stubborn. She is more perplexed by her surroundings than the original and 1951 Alice, and seems more confident and ready to see where the adventure will take her. Next we move onto the March Hare, the plot and how it has changed over the years. The book Alice in Wonderland is very light-hearted, with some sinister aspects lurking beneath. Such as the idea of the Red Queen constantly sending people to their death. These sinister aspects were mostly kept the same, with the darker elements such as the serious question of the Mad Hatter's mental health suppressed in the 1951 film. This was to 'Disneyfy' the Alice in Wonderland franchise, keeping it family friendly whilst also retaining some of the original qualities and interest. The 1951 film would be an adaptation, just changing things slightly to suit the era, whereas to 2010 film would be a transformations as it completely changes many aspects of the original. ...read more.

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The 1951 film combined the two characters, and since then they have been recognised as the same person, though their characters on paper are very different. The 2010 Red Queen is substantially different, Tim Burton adding a secret relationship between the Red Queen and the Knave of Hearts, not even alluded to in the original. The hookah smoking caterpillar didn't even feature a mention in this version, possibly because of the change in attitude towards drug use, especially such obvious drug use as in the 1951 version. The rating would have gone up, and less of the intended audience, the youth, would have been able to see it, and it would lose its family friendly rating. In 1951, smoking was still permitted in the workplace, and smoking in films wasn't seen as such a rarity that it is now. In 1865, hookahs were still in use so it wouldn't seem so strange as to include it. All versions of Alice in Wonderland have some merit, and you are probably able to find a version of it that appeals to your own specific tastes, whatever they may be. The ease of adapting Alice to whatever era she is thrown into, means that it will be a lasting classic. It is a story of imagination and escape from a life of unhappiness, and a story of adventure and exploration. ...read more.

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