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Saturday, July 25, 2009


July 25, 2009
Tim Burton’s version of this classic fairy tale has a brand new story line that shows Alice returning to Wonderland as a teenager several years after the events of Lewis Carroll's 1865 books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

Photo showing the bizarre scenery in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
The film will digitally manipulate footage of real actors to create Wonderland's bizarre inhabitants.
Photo of Alice meeting the White Rabbit in Wonderland
Burton told Disney's D23 Magazine, "It's kind of a mixture of some distorted live action and animation. I can't relate it to anything because I'm not sure what to relate it to. It's kind of new territory for me."

Photo of Alice looking down the infamous rabbit hole
The movie won’t premier until March 5, 2010, so we have a bit of a wait, kids. In the meantime, here are some photos, a character run down, an updated psychedelic video version of the Jefferson Airplane's '60s song "White Rabbit" and the official Disney video trailer. Enjoy!

Photo of Mia Wasikowska as Alice

19-year-old Australian actress Mia Wasikowska earned critical praise in last year's HBO drama In Treatment. She also appeared in the WWII drama Defiance, and was named one of Variety Magazine's "10 Actors to Watch." Burton says he chose her because "she just had that certain kind of emotional toughness . . . that makes her kind of an older person but with a younger person's mentality." Alice will be the only character in Wonderland who isn't enhanced in some degree with makeup or digital manipulation.

Photo of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

In the book, Carroll calls the character "The Hatter," but he does appear in the chapter "A Mad Tea-Party." The look in the movie is a variation on the book's illustrations by John Tenniel, with his wild hair, oversized bowtie, and "10/6" label pinned to his giant hat. This is Burton's seventh time working with Depp over the past 20 years. He told the Los Angeles Times he likes to work with Depp because "he doesn't like to be the same way twice. That's good, it always keeps it fresh and all."

Photo of Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen

The Red Queen is the villain of the second book, Through the Looking Glass, though in many adaptations the character is combined with the Queen of Hearts from the first story. In the original illustrations, she is depicted as a legless chess piece. For the movie, Bonham Carter's head will be digitally enlarged to about three times its actual size. She has worked on five previous movies with Burton, and they have two children together.

Photo of Anne Hathaway as the White Queen

In Through the Looking Glass, the White Queen claims to be over one hundred and one years old, but she seems to experience time backwards. So it follows Carroll's twisted logic that when Alice returns the Queen would be young. While Anne Hathaway looks very different in the role with her long white hair, her appearance will not be digitally manipulated. Hathaway told MTV that while she was happy to get a chance to work with Burton, she was most excited to share scenes with Johnny Depp. She said, "I wish I could be so cool about it [but] I am such a huge fan, I felt really embarrassed. He would catch me staring at him." Although Anne’s career has taken off like lightning, Gay fans will remember her most affectionately from Brokeback Mountain.

Photo of Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Tweedledee and Tweedledum appear in several versions of Alice in Wonderland, including Walt Disney's 1951 animated film, though they actually don't appear until Through the Looking-Glass. Carroll never specifies they are twins, but that is how Tenniel drew them. English comedian Matt Lucas plays both roles in the movie. Lucas is well known in the U.K. as half of the sketch comedy team on the show Little Britain.

Other signature characters in the movie are as follows: Michael Sheen plays the White Rabbit, Crispin Glover is the Knave of Hearts, Alan Rickman is the Caterpillar, Steven Fry is the Cheshire Cat, and Christopher Lee will be the Jabberwock.

Enjoy watching the video trailer of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland as follows:
Also be sure to check out this updated video version of the Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" psychedelic song, because you know Lewis Caroll was on drugs when he wrote the books, don't you?:
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