A psychedelic drug trip of a Disney film, Alice in Wonderland is one of the more adult of the Disney animated films despite its fantastical premise. Based on Lewis Carroll’s novel, a young girl falls down a rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she encounters a number of insane characters, from the Cheshire Cat to Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum to the Mad Hatter. Alice navigates her way through Wonderland as it gets increasingly Acid-Trip like. Visually, it’s one of the coolest Disney films, as things get trippier and tripper the deeper Alice goes into Wonderland.
The movie also carries some of the darkest undertones of any Disney universe. While we see Alice’s imagination in Wonderland unfold, it goes from being fun and whimsical (chasing the White Rabbit, having a tea party with the Mad Hatter) to completely sinister (being ordered to execution by the Queen of Hearts). That tension, that childhood can be both wonderful and frightening, is what makes Alice in Wonderland a classic. —Kerensa Cadenas