Okay, that's not really my mother in law, not even after she raids the minibar. That's Carol Channing's big scene from the 1985 made-for-television musical version of Alice in Wonderland. I love the deer-in-the-headlights look the little girl keeps giving Channing. If you can't be bothered to watch the full five minutes, just watch this 1 minute song and dance. It's pretty clear that Lewis Carroll and Carol Channing are kindred spirits.
I am currently using the serialized YouTube clips of the whole movie to scare Juniper away from televised entertainment forever. The credits read like the autograph wall at the Brown Derby in 1980: Red Buttons! Sherman Helmsley! Ernest Borgnine! Scott Baio! Martha Raye! Roddy McDowell! The film features Sammy Davis Jr. as a rapping caterpillar. Ringo Starr in tights and a turtle shell. Telly Fucking Savales as the Chesire Cat. As you're watching it, you might find yourself thinking things like, "Hey, that's Junior's Grandpa from Problem Child and Problem Child 2! Then, "Why is Mr. Miyagi wearing a plush horse costume?" Or, "The post-All in the Family years were not kind to Sally Struthers." The whole movie is kind of like the Love Boat crashed on Fantasy Island and now everyone's on acid.
Alice in Wonderland (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Posted by jdg | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 | TV