Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton has conjured up his own version of Alice in Wonderland for movie goers to enjoy in regular theaters, IMAX, and Disney Digital 3D on March 5, 2010.

The film still retains the style from Lewis Carroll’s original look, but “It has been Burton-ized” (is how producer Richard Zanuck describes the director’s vision of the Lewis Carroll classic). After a 40 day shoot the live action is now being merged with CG animation and motion-capture creatures, and then transferred into 3-D.

Linda Woolverton has infused the traditional tale with a blast of girl power:

Mia Wasikowska plays Alice, a 17 year old girl that attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember.

Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsley.

“There is something real, honest and sincere about her,” Zanuck says about Wasikowska. “She’s not a typical Hollywood starlet.”

Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter. (This image is sure to haunt your nightmares for months to come).

“This character is off his rocker.” “He is so much fun and so nutty, I can’t imagine anyone else doing it,” said Zanuck. Depp transforms into yet another bizarre character, adopting an accent that is indescribable.

Helena Bonham Carter plays the tyrant Red Queen.

“The creatures are ready to revolt and waiting for Alice to help them,” said Zanuck.

The benevolent White Queen, played by Anne Hathaway.

She’s “beautiful but over the top. She doesn’t walk. She floats. She’s very eccentric,” Zanuck.

Also joining the cast in Burton’s visually surreal Alice in Wonderland are Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar, and Christopher Lee as the Jabberwock.

As to be expected the film contains Tim Burton’s characteristic ghoulishness — Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen, whose favorite retort is “Off with their heads,” has a moat filled with bobbing noggins.

However, Zanuck assures most kids can handle it. “The book itself is pretty dark,” he notes. “This is for little people and people who read it when they were little 50 years ago.”

Be sure to check out USATODAY for the full article filled with interactive images — it’s really cool.

There is also a great blog, Tim Burton Collective News, with really great information about  Alice in Wonderland and other Tim Burton projects. at Facebook also has great updates about Alice in Wonderland and other films.

Update:  New Alice in Wonderland website

Click on the banner above to head over to the official movie website. There’s not much there yet, but you can register to receive updates.


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