ALICE IN WONDERLAND, a magical and imaginative twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice was published in 1865 and has been adapted 25 times, according to Wikipedia ... The newest is the well-hyped Tim Burton version, that came out on Friday alongside five DVD re-releases. I saw this last night at the IMAX... Story line a little twisted.... But I think you will enjoy the special effects that the IMAX experience adds...
JOHNNY DEPP stars as the Mad Hatter... As Alice's true friend, the Mad Hatter has been awaiting her return. He will do anything to set things right in wonderland again, but he literally is mad -- an effect of the mercury poisoning that is a side effect of the hat making process.
Down the rabbit hole....
MIA WASIKOWSKA as 19-year-old Alice... who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends:
The White Rabbit "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!"? The Rabbit has a very important date indeed. The fussy bunny is charged with finding Alice and luring her back down the rabbit hole. Things are amiss in "Underland," and many are hoping that Alice can help set things right.
Tweedledee and Tweedledum...The inhabitants of Underland are oppressed by the tyrannical Red Queen.
Bayard ( Timothy Spall is the voice of Bayard the Bloodhound ) The Red Queen is holding his family hostage, so Bayard must do her bidding, and has been forced to help the RED QUEEN, he is not on her side but he is secretly loyal to Alice and does his best to help. He is pictured here with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway plays the beautiful White Queen, Mirana) who is much kinder to him. Anne Hathaway plays the beautiful White Queen, Mirana, Mirana's older sister, the fiery and mean-tempered Red Queen, rules Underland, but the White Queen would so like to regain the crown. Her beauty and kindness radiate her light and airy surroundings, but she has a darker side as well.
She may be tiny, but her loyalty to that Mad Hatter is great, even though she does have a few issues with Alice.
The March Hare (voice of Paul Whitehouse) plays host for the Mad Hatter's tea parties... He too is a little off his rocker, and a very paranoid and nervous ball of fur, but he does love hosting tea parties and cooking.
TheCheshire Cat ...
A most mysterious creature who can appear and disappear at will. Chessur's sly smile and shifty ways intrigue and infuriate, and what is his real motive? we get a glimpse of the Cheshire's true character. I have always loved this cat...
Absolem, The Caterpillar... is the all-knowing and absolute guardian of the Oraculum, an ancient document that depicts every major event, past, present and future, in Underland’s history. Alice is taken by the White Rabbit and the Tweedles to meet Absolem, so that he can ascertain whether she is, in fact, the real Alice who first visited Underland as a child, the Alice who is destined to help them. They find the bulbous blue caterpillar atop a mushroom in a mushroom forest surrounded by misty smoke. Several times Absolem challenges Alice to come to a better understanding of herself, forcing her to face the difficult question: “Who are you?”
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS...
Helena Bonham Carter plays the tyrannical Red Queen Iracebeth, who has taken control of Wonderland The Queen's big head is both literal and figurative, and her red hair is fitting as well, considering her temper. A ticking time bomb ready to go off on a tantrum at the slightest annoyance, the Red Queen is determined to rule Underland, wearing the crown she stole from her sister, the White Queen.
Photo © Disney Enterprises
A horrible beast that terrorizes Underland, the Bandersnatch makes his mark on poor Alice... Her return to Underland might have been a little more welcoming had it not been for this slobbery monster.
Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. Alice in Wonderland has long been a classic in the world of literature. A story that hinges on the absurd, it does seem like the perfect material for a Tim Burton movie.... This is being billed as a Johnny Depp movie...BUT those of us that are Fantasy lovers know....This is all about the Wonderland...
According to Finke’s preliminary estimates, Alice in Wonderland is expected to gross more than $115 million by Sunday evening, easily making it the biggest 2010 release to date. Thanks to the movie, on Friday IMAX had their biggest day ever, with a take of $4.3 million. Tim Burton’s latest fantasy is now officially the biggest 3D release of all time.
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas, Johnny Depp, Michael Sheen, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry, Marton Csokas, Tim Pigott-Smith, Lindsay Duncan, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Leo Bill
Director: Tim Burton
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure
Rating: PG (For fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar.)
Running Time: 1 hour 49 minutes
Release Date: March 5, 2010
WITH: Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter), Mia Wasikowska (Alice Kingsleigh), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen), Crispin Glover (Stayne-Knave of Hearts), Matt Lucas (Tweedledee and Tweedledum), Alan Rickman (Absolem the Caterpillar), Timothy Spall (Bayard the Bloodhound) and Imelda Staunton (Tall Flower Faces).
WITH THE VOICES OF: Michael Sheen (White Rabbit), Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat), Barbara Windsor (Dormouse), Christopher Lee (Jabberwocky), Michael Gough (Dodo) and Paul Whitehouse (March Hare).
I did not want this movie to end....I may of liked a different ending....Do go see Alice in Wonderland...