Alice in Waterland: disturbing vintage postcard from mermaid park


15 Responses to “Alice in Waterland: disturbing vintage postcard from mermaid park”

  1. VagabondAstronomer says:

    Weeki Wachee… holy crap. Spent a week there one day back in April 1978 (spring break), when my family was having our “Hey, Let’s Spring Hop” vacation (also spent a day at Silver Springs). If they were still running this, I didn’t see it; I fell asleep during the show. I was such a jaded 15 year old…

  2. yasth says:

    Keep in mind they had to swim in those costumes so some skimpiness is understandable. This isn’t Alice in Drowningland.

    Also for a mermaid show this is hardly skimpy at all (or so I hear).

  3. Nollie says:

    Wow – I went to Weeki Wachee as a kid and saw the mermaid show (in the late 80s). I would have LOVED to see an Alice in Wonderland version!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think this might be my favorite interpretation of alice in wonderland. certainly better than tim burton’s :P

  5. Yamara says:

    When Sid & Marty Krofft hired Edvard Munch for character design on Lidsville, little did they realize…

  6. Halloween Jack says:

    I’m reminded of the hardcore porn version of Alice in Wonderland that came out in the seventies or early eighties. (Yes, you read that right.)

  7. peytonfarquhar says:

    What’s so disturbing about the Mad Hatter? He is *supposed* to be disturbing. The whole point of making the character “mad” was to underscore the dangerous dyes used in hat manufacturing from the time the story was written.

    • Anonymous says:

      The Mad Hatter isn’t intended as a public service announcement on the dangers of mercury poisoning for hatmakers, he’s meant to underscore the mad nonsensical nature of Wonderland. I think you’ve got the source and target of the allusion switched.

  8. Lissamphibia says:

    Not only that — it’s also a musical! You’re thinking of Bill Osco’s Alice in Wonderland (1976). There’s a long, strange tradition of showing it at my college, and it was once even academically required viewing for a class on “Avatars of Alice.”

    Here’s the Wikipedia entry:

    And here’s the trailer (not graphic):

  9. dm10003 says:

    it’s just a bad version of the original crazy book illustrations.

  10. Mazoola says:

    Actually, in addition to the 1976 film, available in both R- and X-rated versions, there have been a number of hardcore variations on either “Alice” or “Through the Looking-Glass.” (Hmmm… Looks like 3 were shot last year alone.) I know we had an article discussing 5 or 6 on Spectator’s editorial calendar back in 2002, but I can’t remember if it ever ran. (The only featured title I remember from it was Michael Raven’s “White Rabbit,” starring Sunset Thomas.)

    Osco’s “Alice” starred Kristine DeBell — which a few years ago caused me moderate to severe cognitive dissonance the first few times I saw a reference to Kristen Bell.

  11. Adam Stanhope says:

    Is that a bacon towel?

  12. randalll says:

    Are you sure this isn’t the Darling Mermaid Darlings?

  13. nanuq says:

    All that’s missing is the Cheshire Cat grinning (leering?).

  14. monocle says:

    There was also a tie-in record album available. You can see the LP cover and hear the theme song here:

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