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Video Clip: Alice in Wonderland, 1903

Sure there’s a shiny new Tim Burton-directed Alice in Wonderland coming out tomorrow (March 5th), but I prefer to kick it with old school Alice. 19 aught three Alice. I don’t know what’s wilder – that they adapted Lewis Carroll’s classic to the silver screen over 100 years ago, or that you can watch it any time you want on YouTube (thanks to BuzzFeed for the link).

Here’s some background info, via Neatorama:

Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations…  With a running time of just 12 minutes (8 of which survive), Alice in Wonderland was the longest film produced in England at that time. Film archivists have been able to restore the film’s original colours for the first time in over 100 years.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. this is truly amazing– thanks for sharing!

  2. It was really beautiful..what amazed me was the confusion being displayed by the actress and the highly difficult task cut out for the film-makers of that time to display special effects!!!


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