Welcome again to Wonderland! The Walt Disney Firm has a protracted historical past with Lewis Carroll’s fantasy world courting again to its founding in 1923. The 1951 animated characteristic has develop into the imagery most recognized with the characters in fashionable occasions and Disney is sending children again down the rabbit gap within the new Disney Junior collection Alice’s Wonderland Bakery, premiering February ninth on Disney Junior/Disney Channel, DisneyNow, and Disney+.
A extra modern take, the titular Alice isn’t the one you bear in mind from the unique movie, however her great-granddaughter and namesake. Wonderland is filled with yummy treats that do magical issues and this Alice makes them in her very personal bakery, with the assistance of her associates Hattie, Fergie, and Princess Rosa, descendants of the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and Queen of Hearts. Identical to the unique Alice, this new character additionally has a pet cat named Dinah.
As a child, my first publicity to Disney’s Wonderland was additionally by way of a Disney Channel collection, the live-action 90s-infused Adventures in Wonderland. Whereas Alice’s Wonderland Bakery isn’t as modernized because the present I bear in mind from my youth, I immediately discovered myself nostalgic for rollerblading white rabbits and hip-hopping Tweedles. That present depicted a extra multicultural model of Wonderland and Alice’s Wonderland Bakery is reduce from an identical fabric, with a brand new era of youngsters having the ability to see themselves on this magical world.
The colourful world that Mary Blair helped create for the 1951 movie will get prolonged into this computer-animated land, which celebrates the visible esthetics of the animated basic. Whereas a lot of the characters are new, there are a number of originals that also inhabit the world. The Cheshire Cat is seemingly ageless, nonetheless popping in to trigger mischief for Alice, and the Doorknob will make a number of appearances. You may even see a number of acquainted creatures within the Tulgey Wooden, bread-and-butterflies, and perhaps even a jabberwocky (a personality from the Lewis Carroll books omitted from the animated characteristic).
As you’d anticipate from Disney Junior, Alice’s Wonderland Bakery could be very musical, with every 11-minute phase containing new songs along with “The Baking Track,” which children will quickly know by coronary heart. The characters don’t ask children to take part, however with energetic rhythms, little ones are positive to wish to get on their toes to bop and sing alongside. The collection additionally embeds preschool classes in every plot, with children absorbing not solely social and emotional abilities, however studying about counting and measuring by way of Alice’s baking initiatives.
From the inventive workforce behind hit Disney Junior exhibits like Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins, Alice’s Wonderland Bakery is one other winner. It takes the magic system from the animated basic to create a brand new recipe that introduces a brand new era to Wonderland. Children could also be impressed to wish to assist their dad and mom within the kitchen after every episode, which might additionally assist dad and mom begin conversations with their children about wholesome consuming, as Alice’s baking treats are sometimes the form of meals you solely need children to have sparsely.
Alice’s Wonderland Bakery premieres Wednesday, February ninth at 10:30 AM ET on Disney Junior and Disney Channel. A number of episodes can be streaming that very same day on DisneyNow and Disney+.
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