As we all know, Disney brought Lewis Carroll's beloved fantasy Alice in Wonderland to life as an animated classic in 1951, and it was adapted for the screen again in 2010 by Tim Burton. But Tim Burton's version was far from the first live-action version of the story.
The truly trippy feature played a huge role in my childhood for being equal parts mesmerizing and nightmare-inducing. Although I longed for a Mad Tea Party of my very own — and not the conservative political movement — I was also terrified of facing the Queen of Hearts after finally falling asleep.
Prior to Walt Disney or Tim Burton's attempts, Paramount Pictures brought the story to screen in a Pre-Code version of the film in 1933. Now, if you thought Disney's version was a wild ride, this black and white version is even more fantastically strange.
The film consisted of an all-star cast and included an ensemble cast and some of the biggest names in Hollywood like Cary Grant, W.C. Fields, Edna May Oliver, Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton, Charles Ruggles, and Charlotte Henry.
Check out these pictures from Norman Z. McLeod's 1933 version of Alice in Wonderland to get a little taste of Hollywood's history.
The Gryphon and Mock Turtle
Now known as one of Hollywood's classic leading men, at the time Cary Grant was still an up-and-coming actor. Such a shame to hide that face behind a Mock Turtle mask.
Famed comedian W.C. Fields took on the role of Humpty Dumpty in the movie, but I think it would be more appropriate to call this costume Humpty Horrifying.
Perched atop his giant mushroom, the movie was able to achieve stunning practical effects such as this. The forced perspective helps transport us to Lewis Caroll's magical universe.
The White Knight
Although distributed in black and white at the time, promotional materials such as this interaction with the White Knight were colored.
The Cheshire Cat
Richard Arlen was best known for his role in the 1929 Academy Award-winning silent picture Wings. No matter the era, the Cheshire Cat is always a little too creepy for me.
Alice, the Cook, and the Duchess
And I thought I had a big head.
Voice actor Sterling Holloway, who played the Frog, actually went on to play a number of notable roles in a number of Disney classics. In addition to voicing Mr. Stork in Dumbo, Adult Flower in Bambi, and Kaa in The Jungle Book, and the original Winnie the Pooh, he also traveled back to Wonderland and played the Cheshire Cat in the animated Alice in Wonderland.
Tweedledee and Tweedledum
I have to hand it to the costume and makeup team here. They were able to bring to life some pretty memorable and strange characters!
Pretty fascinating stuff, huh? If you have any interest in watching the film in its entirety, McLeod's Alice in Wonderland is currently available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube for $2.99, thanks to Universal Studios.
We'll have to wait until May see the latest adaptation of Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland, but I'm looking forward to what James Bobin and Tim Burton will bring to the story.
'Alice Through the Looking Glass' will be released on May 27, 2016.