Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway

     
 

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Director Tim Burton and screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) team up to deliver this visually dazzling take on the classic Lewis Carroll tale. Nineteen-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is attendingSee more details below

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Overview

Director Tim Burton and screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) team up to deliver this visually dazzling take on the classic Lewis Carroll tale. Nineteen-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is attending party at a lavish country estate when she sees a white rabbit with a pocket watch dart into the bushes. Curious, she follows the rabbit to an enormous tree, and tumbles down a hole that takes her to Underland, a strange world inhabited by anthropomorphic creatures in search of someone to save them from the dreaded Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), who has assumed control of the kingdom by decapitating anyone who dares disagree with her. According to a scroll detailing a historical timeline of Underland -- including events that have not yet taken place -- it is Alice who will set the kingdom free by defeating the Jabberwocky, a powerful dragon-like creature under the control of the Red Queen. But is this Alice the same Alice who appears in the scroll? While some of the creatures of Underland have their doubts, the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and his friends are certain she's the same girl who previously visited them years ago. When the Red Queen kidnaps the Mad Hatter, Alice attempts to free her friend and locate the one weapon with the power to slay the Jabberwocky, thereby restoring the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) to the throne, and bringing peace back to Underland.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Imagination and insanity are the two key components of director Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, a fast-paced, visually striking take on Lewis Carroll's beloved children's story. Combining elements of both Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, to create something completely original yet oddly familiar, Burton and screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) create a story that can be considered as much a sequel to Alice's adventures as a re-imagining of them. By placing the film in a different context than Carroll's stories, however, Burton and Woolverton manage to make their Alice in Wonderland not only a surreal satire of the aristocracy, but also a testament to the power of independent and creative thinking, traits the brave young character inherited from her beloved father. As a young girl, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) was haunted by a recurring dream that made her fear she was losing her mind. Comforted by her father, a successful businessman, she grows into a smart young woman with a penchant for questioning the status quo. But was it really just a dream, or a memory of a past experience? Years later, she's being courted by Lord Hamish (Leo Bill) when she follows the White Rabbit (voice of Michael Sheen) to an enormous tree, and tumbles into a hole that takes her to Underland, a strange world inhabited by anthropomorphic creatures in search of someone to save them from the dreaded Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), who has assumed control of the kingdom by decapitating anyone who dares disagree with her. According to a scroll detailing a historical timeline of Underland -- including events that have not yet taken place -- it is Alice who will set the kingdom free by defeating the Jabberwocky, a powerful dragon-like creature under the control of the Red Queen. But is this Alice the same Alice who appears in the scroll? While some of the creatures of Underland have their doubts, the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and his friends are certain she's the same girl who previously visited them years ago. When the Red Queen kidnaps the Mad Hatter, Alice attempts to free her friend and locate the one weapon with the power to defeat the Jabberwocky, thereby restoring the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) to the throne and bringing peace back to Underland. At the onset of his career, Tim Burton gained a reputation for crafting contemporary, highly original fables featuring dazzling visuals, dark comedy, and compelling characters. The release of Batman in 1989, however, marked a pronounced shift toward pre-existing properties that continues even today. With the exceptions of Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks!, Corpse Bride, and perhaps Ed Wood, all of his films since that time have either been creative reworkings of familiar stories, or outright remakes. Today, the number of non-derivative stories populating Burton's filmography nearly equals the number of stories we've seen before. He seems to be at his best when straddling these two worlds, and with Woolverton he's found a writer whose strong storytelling skills perfectly compliment his visual artistry. Her ability to tie in aspects of Alice's real life with her experiences in Underland makes this variation of the story something much more than enjoyable eye candy or a playful exercise in cinematic nonsense. It lends the film an emotional core that the original story never really had, and touches on universal themes about growing up that viewers of all ages can connect with. As Alice, Wasikowska proves the perfect stand-in for the viewer; she's been to this world before, yet thanks to the changes that have taken place since her last visit, her recollections are somewhat fuzzy. At once courageous, curious, and caring, she brings a human sensibility to a place where chaos reigns. And while the human elements of the story provide a strong foundation, it's the characters of Underland that truly give the film its color. As the Mad Hatter, Depp may not have much of a brain, but his heart is most certainly in the right place. Bonham Carter plays the Red Queen for all she's worth, gleefully munching scenery as she berates her amphibious underlings for stealing her tarts, and constantly calling out for craniums; and Crispin Glover imbues the dreaded Knave of Hearts with his usual creepy charm. The creature design for the animal characters provides them with the perfect personalities to match the top-notch voice work of actors like Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat) and Alan Rickman (Blue Caterpillar), giving their characters a sense of gravity that makes them every bit as real as the actors whose faces actually appear onscreen. Even if Burton has veered away from telling original stories, his visuals still possess the power to dazzle, and with Alice in Wonderland he succeeds in making the familiar feel fresh and exciting.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2010
UPC:
0786936798036
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
34,530

Special Features

Disc 1:; Wonderland characters:; Finding Alice; The mad hatter; The futterwackken dance; The red queen; Time-lapse: sculpting the red queen; The white queen; Making Wonderland:; Scoring wonderland; Effecting wonderland; Stunts of wonderland; Making the proper size; Cakes of wonderland; Tea party props; Disc 2:; The mad hatter; Finding Alice; Effecting wonderland

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mia Wasikowska Alice
Johnny Depp The Mad Hatter
Anne Hathaway White Queen
Helena Bonham Carter Red Queen
Matt Lucas TweedleDee/TweedleDum
Crispin Glover Stayne - Knave of Hearts,Actor
Michael Sheen White Rabbit,Voice Only
Stephen Fry Cheshire Cat,Voice Only
Alan Rickman Blue Caterpillar,Voice Only
Barbara Windsor Dormouse,Voice Only
Paul Whitehouse March Hare,Voice Only
Timothy Spall Bayard,Voice Only
Marton Csokas Charles Kingsleigh,Actor
Tim Pigott-Smith Lord Ascot,Actor
Lindsay Duncan Helen Kingsleigh,Actor
Geraldine James Lady Ascot,Actor
John Surman Colleague #1
Peter Mattinson Colleague #2
Leo Bill Hamish,Actor
Frances de la Tour Aunt Imogene
Jemma Powell Margaret Kingsleigh,Actor
John Hopkins Lowell
Eleanor Gecks Faith Chattaway
Eleanor Tomlinson Fiona Chattaway
Rebecca Crookshank Strange Woman Kisser
Michael Gough Dodo Bird
Imelda Staunton Tall Flower Faces
Christopher Lee Jabberwocky,Voice Only
Mairi Ella Challen 6-Year-Old Alice
Holly Hawkins Woman With Large Nose
Lucy Davenport Woman With Big Ears
Joel Sweto Man With Large Belly
Jessica Oyelowo Woman With Large Poitrine
Ethan Cohn Man With Large Chin
Richard Alonzo Man With Big Forehead
Harry Taylor Ship Captain
Jim Carter Executioner
Frank Welker Additional Voices

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director
Richard Alonzo Makeup Special Effects
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
David "Elsewhere" Bernal Choreography
Jackson Bishop Set Decoration/Design
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Cherniawsky Art Director
Debra Coleman Makeup
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Susie Figgis Casting
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Asst. Director,Co-producer
Derek Frey Associate Producer
Joel Harlow Makeup
William Hunter Set Decoration/Design
Andrew L. Jones Art Director
Avril Lavigne Songwriter
Chris Lebenzon Editor,Executive Producer
Tammy Lee Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Richard Mays Set Decoration/Design
David Moreau Set Decoration/Design
Valli O'Reilly Makeup
Tom C. Peitzman Co-producer
Anne Porter Set Decoration/Design
Joe Roth Producer
Mike Stassi Art Director
Robert Stromberg Production Designer
Peter Toby Tobyansen Executive Producer
Suzanne Todd Producer
Jennifer Todd Producer
Antonyia Verna Makeup
Christina Wilson Art Director
Dariusz Wolski Cinematographer
Linda Woolverton Screenwriter
Patty York Makeup
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Alice in Wonderland
1. Dreamers [4:24]
2. Miss Kingsleigh Is Distracted [6:11]
3. Down the Rabbit Hole [7:36]
4. The Wrong Alice [6:29]
5. The Red Queen [3:57]
6. Cheshire, The Hare and the Hatter [8:09]
7. "I Make The Path" [9:24]
8. Um from Umbradge [6:28]
9. Freeing the Vorpal Sword [11:19]
10. Escape to Marmoreal [5:56]
11. Mutiny [4:20]
12. The White Queen's Champion [8:03]
13. Frabjous Day [10:32]
14. Returning Home [2:45]
15. Alice's Decision [3:13]
16. End Credits [8:23]

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