Monday, September 24, 2007
Go Ask Alice
Since this blog has an Alice in Wonderland theme (consider its title and the general madness you will find herein) I thought I would start with a Wonderland post. Here’s one of my favorite posters, and its backstory is almost more interesting than the poster itself. When Alice in Wonderland was originally released in 1951, the animated feature was not exactly a runaway hit, and instead of being re-released, it was shown on Walt Disney’s television hour (edited to fit the time slot) several times. Then a “curiouser” thing happened. In 1971 the film became quite popular as a 16mm rental film (remember, kids, this was before home video). In fact, Alice was the most rented film in college towns throughout the country where many students enjoyed watching Alice in Wonderland’s vivid “visual euphoria” while they were, shall we say, chemically enhanced. Finally, in response to renewed interest in the film among both students and Disney aficionados who longed to see this neglected classic on the big screen, Disney decided to reissue Alice in the Spring of 1974. This psychedelic poster was designed to tie-in with the film's newfound far-out reputation, and it remains a mesmerizing Wonderland-worthy delight.