Tina Majorino played the lead role of Alice, and a number of well-known performers portrayed the eccentric characters whom Alice meets during the course of the story, including Ben Kingsley, Ken Dodd, Martin Short, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Ustinov, Christopher Lloyd, Gene Wilder, and Miranda Richardson.
The film won four Emmy Awards in the categories of costume design, makeup, music composition, and visual effects.
The film was re-released as a special edition DVD on March 2, 2010, featuring an additional five minutes of footage.
This movie was a mix of puppetry and live-action. The puppet designs were created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. They are the Cheshire Cat, the Gryphon, the March Hare, the Dormouse, the pig baby, the flamingos, and the White Rabbit.
In all, 875 special digital effects were created for the film. An example is Martin Short's head; it was enlarged to three times its size to resemble the Hatter in Tenniel's illustrations. Another one is the large books. Both of these examples were done by computer effects and Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Primetime Emmy Awards
- 1999 – Outstanding Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Movie – Charles Knode (Won)
- 1999 – Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special – Anne Spiers, James Kell, Duncan Jarman and Sandra Shepherd (Won)
- 1999 – Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries or a Movie – David Booth, Richard Conway, Bob Hollow, Andy Lomas, Alex Parkinson, Martin Parsons, Jamie Courtier, Avtar Bains, William Bartlett, Nick Bennett, Oliver Bersey, Murray Butler, George Roper, Pedro Sabrosa, Angus Wilson and Ben Cronin (Won)
- 1999 – Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Movie (Dramatic Underscore) – Richard Hartley (Won)