Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Michael Sheen, Helena
Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Crispin Glover,
Christopher Lee Director: Tim Burton
U.S. Opening Date: March 5th, 2010
From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim
Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland, a magical
and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time.
Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska
as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first
encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the
White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar,
the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter.
Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true
destiny and end the Red Queen's reign of terror. The all-star cast also
includes Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover; Linda
Woolverton wrote the screenplay.
Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll's beloved Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) with
stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in
literary history, Alice in Wonderland comes to the big screen in Disney
Digital 3D on March 5, 2010.
The visuals look mouth-wateringly, eye-poppingly good
(to mix our metaphors here).
One however hopes that director Tim Burton manages to
make a coherent and engaging story out of it all.
The director himself pointed out the weakness of
previous Alice film adaptations in an interview with
“I never felt an emotional connection to them,” he said.
“It was always a girl wandering around from one crazy character to
another. I never felt any real emotional involvement. So I wanted to
really to give it some framework and emotional grounding that I felt had
never been seen in any previous versions. That was the challenge: to
re-appropriate this classic of children’s literature. The dreamlike
imagery remains in the mind long after one has finished reading it. My
intention is to capture that imagery and transpose it onto a film. Every
character is weird, but I tried to give them their own specific weirdness
so that they’re all different. I want to make a movie of Alice that’s more
of a story than just a series of weird events.”
Even though the film’s story takes place with Alice as a
young woman, it is apparently not a sequel.
“There are so many stories of Alice in Wonderland,” the
director said in the same interview. “The goal was taking elements of the
books and making its own story. A lot of it is based on the Jabberwocky
poem from one of the stories. That’s not a big part of the story, but
we’re just using elements from all the books and they don’t necessarily
follow a specific linear structure. But we conserved the essence of the
story. It remains Carroll’s story. I only made it more cinematic.”