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If Alice in Wonderland could be summed up in one sentence, it would be: Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!
The incredibly naive Alice is bored to death listening to a history lesson read by her sister. She’d much rather live in a nonsensical world she dubs “Wonderland”, where “cats and rabbits would reside in fancy little houses, and be dressed in shoes and hats and trousers…” Alice also imagines that all the flowers could talk and sing and that they would talk with her for hours and hours. Alice’s cat Dinah (who clearly understands her mistress), isn’t so sure about this idea of “Wonderland” (smart kitty).
It’s a neat trick on Disney’s part to have this song foreshadow a good deal of what’s to come in the film: Alice ends up exploring the White Rabbit’s house, and even later she does in fact get to talk to (and sing with) the flowers.
“In a World of My Own” is a beautiful little song and the picture it paints sounds charming, but poor Alice finds out that dreaming about Wonderland and actually LIVING in it, are two entirely separate things!
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