Alice in Wonderland

The chatty flowers of Alice in Wonderland

Tweedledee & Tweedledum

The Mad Hatter__Johnny Depp

The Red Queen__Helena Bonham Carter

The White Queen__Anne Hathaway

First Look: What a Weird 'Wonderland' Burton's Made
You might have gone down the rabbit hole before. But never with a guide quite as attuned to the fantastic as Tim Burton.

Those who have grown curiouser and curiouser about what the offbeat reinventor of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory might conjure up in his version of Alice in Wonderland can feast their eyes on this array of concept art and publicity images, due to hang in movie theaters this week to promote the March 5, 2010, release.

"It has been Burton-ized" is how producer Richard Zanuck describes the director's vision of the Lewis Carroll classic. Many elements are familiar, from the enigmatic Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) to the fierce Jabberwock (Christopher Lee). But none has been presented in this sort of visually surreal fashion.

"We finished shooting in December after only 40 days," Zanuck says. Now the live action is being merged with CG animation and motion-capture creatures, and then transferred into 3-D.

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."

Panoramic pics

See the Trailer
Alright lovers of eye-candy. Get ready to feast your eyes on the trailer for Tim Burton’s upcoming IMAX 3D adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic Alice In Wonderland. The combination of such a beloved surreal children’s classic and Tim Burton’s amazing visual talent means that the movie has the potential to make audience’s eyeballs explode. The brief teaser doesn’t show much in terms of plot, but no one really cares about that anyways. All we really want to see are the glorious images.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the movie is Burton’s use of motion capture animation technology. One of the great potentials of the technology is that it will allow filmmakers to physically alter the body of the actors without sacrificing any of the subtleties of their performance (see the portly Ray Winstone’s stunning lead performance as the buff hero of Beowulf for more). The trailer gives us tantalizing peaks of Matt Lucas (Little Britain) and Helen Bonham Carter (aka Mrs. Tim Burton) as the Tweedledee and Tweedledum and the Red Queen respectively. It’s clear looking at them that they are played by the actors, but the physical proportions of the characters are impossible outside of cartoons. It’s a very surreal and bizarre effect that’s perfect for this type of story. Get ready for this flick kiddies. It’s going to be a freaking awesome.


Mia Wasikowska
Mia Wasikowska (pron. Vash-i-kov-ska, born October 1989) is an Australian actress, currently working in the United States.

Wasikowska was born and raised in Canberra. Growing up she studied ballet, and switched to full-time acting in 2006. She has Polish ancestry.

Wasikowska began her acting career in Australia and was nominated for a Young Actress AFI Award for her role in Suburban Mayhem. She starred in several Australian short films, and also appeared in Rogue, an Australian horror movie.

In the United States, Wasikowska earned critical acclaim for her performance in HBO's In Treatment, playing Sophie, an aspiring Olympic gymnast who is sent to Gabriel Byrne's psychotherapist following an accident which is suspected to have been a suicide attempt. She followed that up with supporting roles in several American films. Wasikowska played the role of Elinor Smith, a young woman hoping to follow in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart in Amelia, starring Hillary Swank. Wasikowska also appeared in Defiance with Daniel Craig, as well as in the indie film That Evening Sun with Hal Holbrook.

In July 2008, after a long search, Wasikowska was chosen to play the title role in Tim Burton's interpretation of Alice in Wonderland, alongside Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. Tim Burton states: "We met a lot of people, but she just had that certain kind of emotional toughness, standing her ground in a way that makes her kind of an older person but with a younger person's mentality."

Wasikowska has joined the cast of the upcoming indie film The Kids Are All Right, playing the daughter of a same-sex couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) who, together with her brother, sets out to find the sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo), throwing the family in turmoil.

Defiance interview (vid)