Sunday, August 9, 2009

Alice in Wonderland ala Burton and Depp

Curiouser and curiouser, as Alice might say.

Since childhood I've been a big fan of Lewis B. Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. My appreciation grew during my teen years as the nuances and absurdities became more evident. Somewhere buried on a bookshelf, there is a copy of the Annotated Alice. Had it been easily located, this blog entry would probably be longer and either more insightful or just wordier.

As a fan of this story and Tim Burton, I am very interested to see what he does with the tale.

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a teatray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!

Johnny Depp's fondness for unusual headgear (think Pirate Jack Sparrow's three-cornered hat and Willy Wonka) should make him a natural as the Mad Hatter.

Alice in Wonderland The Red Queen
Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen
"It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place."

Disney has released a trailer that you can access here

"Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

Too bad Disney, Burton and Depp aren't going any faster. It's ever so cruel to make us wait until March of next year for this one. The trailer is such a tease!


The makeup artist certainly does seem to have a peculiar fondness for atypical applications of eyeshadow.

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