Saturday, July 25, 2009

Alice in Wonderland by Tim Barton

Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice) attempts to work his gothic magic over one of the best loved stories of all time... Lewis Carroll's 'Alice In Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There', which first told the story of a young girl, who after following a rabbit down a hole, is transported to a strange world. Whilst the disney version of the tale relied on sweetness and light to delight the audience, Burton fans can be sure to look out for the same cartoon traits as earlier masterpiece 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'.

The traditional tale has been freshened with a blast of girl power, courtesy of writer Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast). Alice, 17, 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.

Among those who welcome her back is the Mad Hatter, a part tailor-made for Johnny Depp as he collaborates with Burton for the seventh time. "This character is off his rocker," Zanuck says.

Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska, 19, best known for HBO's In Treatment, has the coveted title role. "There is something real, honest and sincere about her," Zanuck says. "She's not a typical Hollywood starlet."

There is the usual Burton-esque ghoulishness (Helena Bonham Carter's Red Queen, whose favorite retort is "Off with their heads," has a moat filled with bobbing noggins), but 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."

The casting is impeccable! Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen, Michael Sheen as The White Rabbit and Alan Rickman as The Caterpillar.

Disney has already begun marketing for the film (releases March 5th, 2010) with a Facebook campaign where you can join the army of your favorite character.

Alice played by Mia Wasikowska
To achieve the perfect Alice's look, Burton said that Mia is the only character in the movie that will not be enhanced with heavy make up and digital manipulation.

White Queen Played by Anne Hathaway
To get the White Queen's look in "Through the Looking Glass", Anne Hathaway will wear a white long hair with fairer complexion.

Mad Hatter played by Johnny Depp
To achieve the "Hatter" look in the novel's "A Mad Tea-Party" chapter, Johnny Depp sported an odd look with wild hair, oversized bow tie and large pins with 10/6 label on his giant hat.
Red Queen played by Helena Bonham Carter
Originally the Red Queen is illustrated as a legless chess piece. For the movie, Bonham Carter's head will be digitally enlarged to about three times of its actual size.

Pretty amazing hah? Looking forward...

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