Post # 1
My girls are watching Alice in Wonderland. I have not seen this since I was a small child. What is going on with the pot smoking caterpillar?! In fact, all of these characters look like they are stung out on drugs. I have to rethink this cartoon. I am generally not in favor of my girls watching an insect hit a bong! Was Alice lost at the intersection of Height and Ashbury?
Post # 3
@MrsFuzzyFace: looks like he is smoking shisha, which is kind of like a flavoured tobacco that i think you don’t inhale. Never tried it because I don’t smoke, but have seen it while on holiday!
I could be wrong and he could be smoking pot! The characters do look stoned a bit, lol
Post # 4
Looks more like a hookah to me. Take a chill pill.
Post # 5
Honey, the whole Alice in Wonderland story is based on hallucinogenic drugs. You didn’t know that?
Post # 6
@trueblue14: No. Somehow I didn’t know. I do now. I was probably 6 last time I watched this.
Post # 7
@trueblue14: haha, I always got that impression too.
Post # 8
It’s a hookah, not a bong.
But it’s well known that Lewis Carrol was on drugs when he wrote Alice in Wonderland.
Post # 9
Also if your kid doesn’t know what they are seeing, why does it matter?
Post # 10
@MrsFuzzyFace: Lol. He likely wasn’t on “illegal” drugs – that’s just a rumor from the 1960s and none of his diaries mention drug use (however there are missing diaries and pages ripped out from the ones available). During that time period things like opium and cocaine were quite legal and available in pharmacies so it’s just a reflection of the times. It’s a possibilty that since Carroll suffered from what doctors know believe is epilepsy, that he may have been given substances to wake him up from his seizures and that may have inspired the surrealist nature of the book. I think it’s all harmless and a fantastic story for kids – really let’s their imagination go wild. The real question you should be asking yourself is “why is a raven like a writing desk?”
Post # 11
@atlbride2013: Touche. I didn’t expect that in a cartoon. Trippy
Post # 12
You watched it and turned out OK – I watched it and turned out OK.
I’m willing to bet that your daughter will watch it and not immediately get hooked on hard drugs
Post # 13
It’s a very trippy movie, but hookahs are traditionally used for tobacco, not drugs, and Alice is supposed to be dreaming.
I loved the movie as a kid. It’s creative and fun and the books are even better. I didn’t see it as having any drug references until, well, after I was already familiar with drug culture. Alice wasn’t corrupting, she was awesome.
Post # 14
It’s a common myth that the story is about drugs or he was on hallucinogenic drugs. That myth was spread by the LSD movement in the 1960s.
Post # 15
The Caterpillar (also known as the Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar) The caterpillar is using a hookah.
A hookah (hukkā or huqqah) also known as a waterpipe, arghile, or qalyān is a single or multi-stemmed instrument for smoking flavored tobacco
Post # 16
Ahhh looks more like a hookah.