Neverland vs. Wonderland

Peter Pan and TinkerBell

Sometimes in moments of complete serenity and silence my mind wanders off on to stranger things.  Like the other day I was thinking which would be a better place to live Wonderland (from Alice in Wonderland) or Neverneverland (from Peter Pan), taking into consideration my personal ideas on both comes from Disney’s interpretation of the great works of literature.  I have read the books, but having seen the cartoons at a much younger age, it is that mental image that is always conjured up in my head.

Alice, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

Of course each one has its pros and cons.  For example you don’t grow up in Neverneverland,  there is fairy dust that helps you fly and mermaids too.  In Wonderland tea parties are cool, mushrooms change your size and you can smoke hookas with caterpillars.  On the otherhand there are pirates and crazy queens that want you dead in each world respectively.

It is also about the supporting characters.  In Peter Pan, I was in love with Tinkerbell, I thought that she was really cool because she had the fairy dust and without her no one would be able to go anywhere.  In Alice, the Cheshire cat was so coy and annoyingly funny and confusing at the same time, perhaps with the very wise quote;

“`Cheshire Puss,’ [Alice] began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. `Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. `Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
`That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
`I don’t much care where–‘ said Alice.
`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
`–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
`Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, `if you only walk long enough.'”

I suppose he just wanted to say that you will get somewhere if you keep walking but it just might not be the place you intended to go.  I have lots of other deep thoughts on the comparison but perhaps some other day.

5 Comments

  • At 2008.07.20 07:35, RJay said:

    The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.
    ‘Who are you?’ said the Caterpillar.
    This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, ‘I — I hardly know, sir, just at present — at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’
    ‘What do you mean by that?’ said the Caterpillar sternly. ‘Explain yourself!’
    ‘I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, sir’ said Alice, ‘because I’m not myself, you see.’
    ‘I don’t see,’ said the Caterpillar.
    ‘I’m afraid I can’t put it more clearly,’ Alice replied very politely, ‘for I can’t understand it myself to begin with; and being so many different sizes in a day is very confusing.’

    • At 2008.07.20 07:39, jessyz said:

      Amazingly well said.

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          • At 2010.03.07 00:44, alice in wonderland white said:

            The animation is quite stunning and wonderful though, as is the costuming and set design (in so much as there were sets and not just green screens, I’m sure SOME actual props were used). There are some clever elements that owe only to good visual design and direction I’m sure, as the only other clever bits in the dialogue were the parts directly lifted from the originals.