Tim Burton’s Trippy New Alice in Wonderland

First Look: Tim Burton’s Trippy New Alice in Wonderland

June 21, 2009
Source: USA Today
by Alex Billington
Tim Burton’s Trippy New Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp Mad Hatter

Johnny Depp Mad Hatter

We’ve seen glimpse of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland previously, but USA Today now has our official first look. And it’s definitely not what we were expecting to see, that’s for sure! Not only do they have three new gorgeous new concept art photos, but they reveal our first looks at Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway as The White Queen. “It has been Burton-ized” is how producer Richard Zanuck describes the director’s vision of the Lewis Carroll classic. After shooting for only 40 days, they’re working on adding CG animation and motion-capture creatures.
A scene where Alice, played by Mia Wasikowska, greets talking rose blossoms at the entrance to what seems to be a forest of giant mushrooms. “But as in the book, her size shrinks and grows throughout her journey.”
“The rabbit is convinced he has the right Alice,” Zanuck says about the scene below. “He has been looking for her for years.” Michael Sheen plays the White Rabbit.

alice in wonderland

alice in wonderland

Interestingly, this is somewhat of a sequel to Disney’s animated movie from 1951. “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.” As for Wasikowska, who plays Alice, Burton says “she just had that certain kind of emotional toughness, standing her ground in a way that makes her kind of an older person with a younger person’s mentality.” Zanuck also adds: “There is something real, honest and sincere about her.”

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is scheduled to hit theaters on March 5th, 2010 in both Disney Digital 3D as well as regular 2D. You can see more photos and find out more about Burton’s movie at USA Today.