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Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Okay. So this sunny, cheesy, Disney-fied version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is totally misses the dark undertones that make Carroll's story so interesting. But it's also infectiously entertaining, and the blond, blue-and-white pinafored Alice is the first thing many people think of when they think of Carroll's story. A very merry un-birthday to you!

Alice (1988)

If the Disney Alice is the cleaned-up, polite version of Carroll's story, this film by Czech puppet master Jan Svankmajer is its dark, scary cousin in the basement. Svankmajer takes the dark qualities of Alice to an extreme. It's so disturbing we can't watch.

Alice at the Palace (1982)

Meryl Streep starred in this live action stage version of Alice for the New York Shakespeare Festival. We would watch Meryl Streep take out her garbage, so this works for us.

DreamChild (1985)

This British biopic of Charles Dodgson has serious fans and critics among Carroll-philes. It is told from the point of view of Alice, now Mrs. Hargreaves, now grown up, married and reflecting on her childhood relationship with the author. Fans think is a beautiful depiction of a complicated artist. Critics say it fuels the inaccurate rumor that Dodgson was in love with the child Alice.

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010)

OMG. Tim Burton took on Lewis Carroll. It stars Johnny Depp. That's all we need to know.

Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll (2010)

Lewis Carroll fan Marilyn Manson is making a movie about the life of Charles Dodgson. Just take a moment and let that sentence sink in.

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