Alice in Wonderland (2010): What a Difference Five Decades Make!

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Fact: Absolem, the smoking caterpillar, helped earn a PG rating for 2010’s 3D fantasy film “Alice in Wonderland”.

Violence, scary images, and fantasy situations are partly to blame for the parental guidance warning on Walt Disney Pictures and director Tim Burton’s depiction of Alice’s return to Wonderland at 19 years of age. Frightening falls, intense battles with crushing rocks, a village set on fire by a dragon, and the repetitious “Off with their heads!” comment by the queen stress the general theme of life in Wonderland.

There is a display of adultery as a husband kisses another woman raises eyebrows. Period costumes show cleavage and bare backs, while magical foods cause Alice to grow and shrink when she eats them. Absolem and his hookah pipe caused an extra amount of dismay, although it is a scene that has been around for decades! Hookah, cigar, and pipe smoking were included in Disney’s 1951 animated Alice in Wonderland, rated G.

Despite the rating, the world showed its love for fantasy. Six films, including Alice in Wonderland (2010) have grossed over a billion US dollars worldwide: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Avatar (2009), and The Dark Night (2008). The non-fantasy film is 1997’s Titanic.

Lewis Carroll’s real name was Charles L Dodson, but went under the pen name for his books.