Alice in Wonderland is a Kuboian children's Kantasy series based off the 1865 novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The series was produced by Meifahrn-based studio Tynee Island Television. It is considered the second ever Kantasy cartoon, after The Incredible World of Riddles.
The series ran in 1992, with a single series consisting of eighteen episodes. Although the show initial received low ratings, it received more attention when it was reran on Nick Jr. Kuboia from April 1997 to December 2004.
Despite the fact that the show is branded as a show for toddlers and young children in Kuboia, it is branded as a show for older girls in most international markets.
In the pilot episode, Alice wakes up from a nap in the middle of the fantasy world she once thought was a dream. After waking, she is greeted by the White Rabbit, who claims that Alice can only return home if she gets rid of the Queen of Hearts, who has gone mad and arrested most of the White Rabbit's friends. With her new companions, Mixxi the Monkey and Fly the Firefly (who appears to have an affiliation with the White Rabbit), Alice reluctantly agrees to dethrone the queen, rescue Wonderland, and return back to her own world.
In the show, Alice is equipped with a sceptre, which has the ability to use magic. However, it occasionally has unpredictable and unexpected results, and is capable of wearing out temporarily if overused. If Alice concentrates enough, she can use her sceptre to unleash a beam of electricity, which is capable of ripping enemies in half. Alice can also transform her sceptre into different objects via telekinesis, including a sword, rocket launcher and grappling hook.
Although the show is narrated and written to a preschool level, most episodes are fairly dramatic and/or action-packed, and the series has a lot of fantasy violence. Alice and the Queen of Hearts are the only recurring human characters - everybody else is a talking animal or anthropomorphic object. Although all the animals are clothed, the male animals usually have a visible bellybutton and nipples (as most of them only wear shorts and a sleeveless waistcoat).
- Main article: List of Alice in Wonderland (TV series) characters
Alice in Wonderland has a total of six main characters.
Alice (voiced by Esther Redbarron) is a seven year-old girl, and the show's main protagonist. She has returned to the fantasy world she once thought was imaginary in order to dethrone the corrupt Queen of Hearts. Alice's personality traits in the show are generally similar to her traits in the original novel, though here, she is usually tough and angry.
The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit (voiced by Roy Bradbroune) is a freedom fighter, who wants to dethrone the Queen of Hearts in favour of a better monarchy (which contrasts his personality in the original novel).
The Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts is the show’s main antagonist, who abuses her powers, and enjoys arresting people for little to no reason. Although she is depicted as a "main" character, she does not actually have much screen time, as she usually hires other villians to do her work for her.
Mixxi the Monkey
Mixxi the Monkey (voiced by Charlie Karma) is a show-exclusive character, who acts as Alice's sidekick. He enjoys singing and occasionally speaks in rhyme, however, he is extremely cowardly, and usually runs or hides behind Alice rather than fighting when they get attacked. Mixxi has strong romantic feelings for Alice, and enjoys looking up her dress when he gets the opportunity, but the White Rabbit believes that he is just curious and unaware of physical boundaries.
Fly the Firefly
Fly the Firefly is another show-exclusive character. She acts as Alice's guide through Wonderland, but sometimes confuses Alice due to the fact that she cannot talk (though she can make noises).
Sticks the Skeleton
Sticks the Skeleton (voiced by Roy Bradbroune) is the Queen of Hearts' simple-minded, clumsy servant. Like Mixxi and Fly, he is exclusive to the show. Despite serving the vile queen, he is not mean at heart, and is simply doing his job. He is generally polite and friendly, and has no opposition for the heroes, sometimes even helping them secretly behind the queen's back.
The first episode was produced in early 1990. The rest of the episodes were produced over the next two years.
According to TBA, Mixxi the Monkey and Fly the Firefly were created in fear that only having one protagonist "doing all the action" would be boring.
During its initial airing, Alice in Wonderland was panned in reviews, with critics negatively comparing it to the Disney feature of the same name. Some also noted that the show does not appear to follow the continuity of the original novel. Many have criticised the show for introducing elements that they consider out of place, like the introduction of a group of freedom fighters guided by the White Rabbit, the use of monstrous creatures as villians, and Alice using a sceptre to fight villains.
However, in more recent years, the show has started to receive some praise. Critics have appreciated the animation, which is considered better than most cartoons at the time. Some also consider it to be a better follow-up than the 2010 film, with an overall better executed premise.
On internet database website IMDB, the show has an average rating of 5.9 out of 10.
The show raised a few eyebrows during its syndication in the 1990s and early 2000s, due to the strange romantic relationship between Alice, a seven-year old human girl, and Mixxi the Monkey, with several accusing of the show of promoting and encouraging bestiality. This is especially noticeable in the seventeenth episode, "The Great Escape", in which Alice and Mixxi make out with each other.
|#||Episode title||Original air date|
|1||"The Queen's Orders"||16th August, 1992|
|Alice has just been given a sceptre from the White Rabbit, who puts her through training so she can fight for the freedom fighters. Meanwhile, the Queen of Hearts has hired a gigantic caterpillar to destroy the freedom fighter's hideout.|
|2||"Root Wild"||23rd August, 1992|
|The episode begins with the White Rabbit training Alice to use her sceptre's most powerful attack, but she cannot concentrate enough to use it. Meanwhile, Alice, Mixxi and Fly befriend a mushroom creature, Mushrat, who asks them to retrieve a ruby gem hidden in the Queen of Heart's garden. When the group go to retrieve it, however, they are attacked by garden's flowers. Alice and Mixxi don't know that Mushrat has been using them until it's too late.|
|3||"Mirror Me"||30th August, 1992|
|Alice helps some of the freedom fighters fix a broken mirror for the White Rabbit. Once they finish it, however, it gets stolen by the Queen of Hearts, who uses it to create an evil copy of Alice.|
|4||"Hot Coffee"||6th September, 1992|
|The Queen of Hearts hires a slug creature to destroy Alice, who are on a mission to free a captured White Rabbit. The only way for the group to free him is to go across a river of boiling hot coffee.|
|5||"Mouse Mania"||13th September, 1992|
|Alice and Mixxi are asked by the White Rabbit to look after some of the younger freedom fighters at the Wonderland Daycare. There, they are introduced to Little Mouse, who shows the two a secret basement where the young freedom fighters play games and have parties. Unfortunately, trouble occurs when the Platinum Wand is stolen by the Cheshire Cat, who doesn't realise that Alice and Mixxi have befriended Little Mouse.|
|6||"Potion Power"||20th September, 1992|
|7||"A Skeleton's Surprise"||27th September, 1992|
|For his unbirthday, Sticks decides to invite both the freedom fighters and his villainous affiliations to his party. The White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts agree to put their differences aside for the party, but the queen uses this opportunity to lure Alice, Mixxi and Fly into a trap.|
|8||"Fly Away"||4th October, 1992|
|9||"Red Roses"||11th October, 1992|
|10||"Playing Tricks"||18th October, 1992|
|Alice, Mixxi, Fly and the White Rabbit go and see the March Hare's magic tricks. In the middle of the performance, however, the March Hare gets kidnapped by the Queen of Hearts, and is replaced with another hare, who attempts to destroy the theatre and everybody in it.|
|11||"Rabbit Rules"||25th October, 1992|
|The White Rabbit invites Alice, Mixxi and Fly to see his relatives. However, Alice gets stuck in one of the holes.|
|12||"Love Me, Ape Me"||1st November, 1992|
|The Queen of Hearts hires a female monkey to try and get Mixxi to fall in love with her, with the intention of tricking Mixxi into revealing secrets of the freedom fighters.|
|13||"Ruler Reunion"||8th November, 1992|
|14||"A Regretful Reset"||15th November, 1992|
|On the White Rabbit's request, Alice travels back in time to retrieve a magical orb that he was unable to collect before the events of the series. However, in the process, Alice wakes up Warlok, an extremely powerful "monster pig".|
|15||"Play On"||22nd November, 1992|
|16||"Two Paths"||29th November, 1992|
|17||"The Great Escape"||6th December, 1992|
|Alice has a showdown with the Queen of Hearts, with all of her friends on the line.|
|18||"Take Off"||13th December, 1992|
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Charlie Karma reprised her role as Mixxi the Monkey several times from 1997 to 2004 as a continuity announcer when the show was aired on Nick Jr. Kuboia.
In 2004, Esther Barron, Charlie Karma and Roy Bradbroune reprised their roles as Alice, Mixxi, the White Rabbit and Sticks for advertisements for the Kuboian amusement park King Buster's Carnival.