Walt Disney has gone a long way towards tightening the leisurely, haphazard adventure of Alice in the wonderland of her imagination. He has dropped some characters and sequences in the interest of a better picture, but the deletions are not missed.
The Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the White Rabbit, the Walrus and the Carpenter, the Queen of Hearts and other remembered characters are enchantingly projected as Alice strolls through her dream world to the accompaniment of ballads and musical nonsense.
Young Kathryn Beaumont enchants as the voice of Alice, Ed Wynn (Mad Hatter), Jerry Colonna (March Hare), Richard Haydn (Caterpillar, a particular standout in his smoke-ring alphabet scene with Alice), Sterling Holloway (Cheshire Cat), Bill Thompson (White Rabbit), Pat O’Malley (Tweedle Twins) and Verna Felton (Queen of Hearts) are among those whose tonal tricks help sell the pen-and-ink people.
1951: Nomination: Scoring of a Musical Picture