Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland set up tropes for not only adaptations of Alice, but also for other films, literature, games, etc. During the film, the main character Coraline goes through a makeshift door in the wall of her new bedroom to a world that looks almost exactly like reality. The main difference is the presence of doll-like features on the people she knows and the extremes such as the neighbor that is training a mouse circus that performs for her. The passage between the two worlds resembles a tunnel you might find underground, such as a rabbit hole. Coraline ultimately moves through what was once her perfect world to save her family and friends, something much different from Alice, who moves through Wonderland with what feels like no real purpose due to the wandering of Alice. However, the number of similarities raises the idea that Alice created a number of narrative options that appear in different forms of entertainment.
One of the important parts of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the fact that all of her adventures take place in a dream. It has been discussed why the dream world provides such a world as Wonderland and the many forms of dark adaptations. Coraline wakes up after every trip to the alternate reality. The guides for both Alice and Coraline in their dream worlds are cats, which provides even more of an interesting parallel between the two girls. Ultimately, it is easy to see how Lewis Carroll’s Alice has effected films and stories today.