Oh my goodness, I love all things Alice in Wonderland.
I’ve named my blog after this endearing novel/movie adaptation, for Pete’s sake. I love falling down the rabbit hole with innocent little Alice, whether it be within the pages of Lewis Carroll’s novel or on my little screen in Walt Disney’s animated version. I can’t help but love the film; I’m not a literature purist or anything. Movies simply bring to life beloved stories in a new, creative, and equally artistic way. The color schemes, the music, Alice’s soft English accent, the portrayal of Wonderland’s inhabitants–I think it is all so well done and imaginative in Walt’s 1951 animated feature.
The quotes! The quotes are what draw me in and keep me in. Both adaptations have scattered little nuggets of wisdom, sometimes coming from the most absurd and surreal characters you could think of. For example, when Alice tries to figure out how to get through the little door to Wonderland itself, the talking doorknob (a talking doorknob!) tells her it’s not impossible, but simply “impassible. Nothing’s impossible!” I love how matter-of-factly this little guy proclaims this. Instant inspiration in a matter of seconds of classic animation.
Alice herself has the best things to say, the most important nuggets of wisdom. In the book (it could be in the movie as well, but I’m am not entirely sure), Alice tells the Mock Turtle (who is definitely not in the movie), “I could tell you my adventures–beginning from this morning, but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” That last part–“it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then”–has become my little mantra. I love it because it’s so true. Each morning we start over, we have a clean slate. Why keep going back to yesterday when it no longer exists? Each day we can reinvent ourselves, so why dwell on our past selves?
Alice, you are so smart for a little girl. Thank you, Alice, for being your charming self and going on your adventures in Wonderland, for falling down that rabbit hole and dealing with the absurdities thrown your way with as much poise that can be expected when confronted with a disappearing cat. You’ve helped me realize that “we’re all mad here” in this world, and it’s ok to walk the unbeaten path every now and then. With a little logic and a whole lot of the belief in the impossible, we can always get back on track.