We’re back with another Disney+ Battle, pitting two classic Disney films against each other to see which one is better. This week we’re pitting the most ambitious film Walt Disney ever produced in “Fantasia” and one of the weirdest films I’ve ever seen in “Alice in Wonderland.” Remember this battle is completely subjective. Let’s see which film is better.
The main character of “Alice in Wonderland” is easy to see as her name is in the title. Alice is the protagonist as she moves the story along through the rabbit hole, to the unbirthday party and all the way until she wakes up. Meanwhile, “Fantasia” is a series of animated shorts set to classical music. Each short has a protagonist, but the only one that truly stands out is Sorcerer Mickey in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” While that is an iconic version of Mickey, Alice is more important to the film as a whole. Point to Alice
Alice in Wonderland 1 | Fantasia 0
The main villain of “Alice in Wonderland” is the Queen of Hearts who frequently screams “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS.” She is very upset that Alice humiliated her, even though it was mostly because of the Cheshire Cat. She wants to take Alice’s head off, but we only see her at the end of the movie. Most of the shorts in “Fantasia” don’t have a true villain, but the big bad of the “Night on Bald Mountain” short is Chernabog, who is basically the devil. He’s frightening. Even though, we also only see him at the end of the film, he’s much more menacing. Point to “Fantasia.”
Alice in Wonderland 1 | Fantasia 1
3. SUPPORTING CHARACTERS
“Alice in Wonderland” is filled with some of the most memorable supporting characters in the entire Disney canon. The White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, Tweedle-dee, Tweedle-dum, and the Cheshire Cat all stand out more than 70 years after the film’s release. Meanwhile, “Fantasia” has dinosaurs, centaurs, spirits and Yensid. All our nice, but none stand out like the supporting characters from “Alice in Wonderland.” Point to Alice.
Alice in Wonderland 2 | Fantasia 1
This category is not fair in this matchup. “Alice in Wonderland” has a beautiful score, but “Fantasia” is filled with some of the best classical music of all time. This isn’t much of a contest. Point to “Fantasia.”
Alice in Wonderland 2 | Fantasia 2
5. MEMORABLE MOMENTS
Now, we are to the most subjective of the categories, because what’s memorable to one person may not be memorable to others. In “Alice in Wonderland,” the parts that are most memorable to me are Alice following the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole, the unbirthday party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts playing croquet. The only truly memorable parts of “Fantasia” to me are “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Night on Bald Mountain.” That makes “Alice in Wonderland” more memorable. Point to Alice.
Alice in Wonderland 3 | Fantasia 2
“Alice in Wonderland” wins this battle by a slim margin. Personally, I prefer “Fantasia,” but this was fun look back at two Disney classics. Now, I’m going to turn it over to you. Which film do you think is better: “Alice in Wonderland” or “Fantasia?”