Monday, February 1, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

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Alice in Wonderland is an upcoming fantasy-adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is an extension to the Lewis Carroll novels Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. The film will use a technique combining live action and motion capture. Mia Wasikowska plays the role of Alice, alongside Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen, and Crispin Glover as The Knave of Hearts.

The film is scheduled for release on March 5, 2010 through Walt Disney Pictures in Disney Digital 3-D and IMAX 3-D, as well as in regular theaters.

In the sequel to Lewis Carroll's original stories, Alice Kingsley, now 19, attends a party at a Victorian estate shortly after the death of her beloved father. The party, unbeknownst to Alice, is an engagement party planned by her mother and sister. Just as the arrogant and dull Hamish Ascot proposes to Alice under a gazebo and under the eyes of hundreds of snooty society-types, Alice spots a white rabbit wearing a waistcoat and pocket watch. In shock and confusion, she runs off into a maze and follows the White Rabbit through it, only to later tumble down a rabbit hole into Underland (more commonly referred to as "Wonderland" by it's inhabitants), a place she has visited ten years before, yet doesn't remember. In Wonderland, she reunites with her childhood friends, including the Mad Hatter, who explains to Alice that they need her help in over-throwing the Red Queen, who has assumed control of all Wonderland. Alice then embarks — assuming both large and small sizes — on an adventure of self discovery and to save Wonderland and her Wonderland friends from both the Jabberwocky and the Red Queen's reign of terror.

  • Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsley: A 19-year-old young lady "who doesn't quite fit into Victorian society and structure." Her return to Wonderland "becomes a rite of passage as she discovers her voice and herself." Alice will evolve over the course of the new film into a more empowered heroine than in previous incarnations.
Wonderland residents
  • Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Tim Burton explained that Depp "tried to find a grounding to the character, something that you feel, as opposed to just being mad. In a lot of versions it’s a very one-note kind of character and you know his goal was to try and bring out a human side to the strangeness of the character." The orange hair is an allusion to the mercury poisoning suffered by many hatters who used mercury to cure felt. According to Depp: "I think he was poisoned, very, very poisoned, and it was coming out through his hair, through his fingernails and eyes." The Mad Hatter is Alice's ally. Wasikowska says: "They have an understanding about each other. They both feel like outsiders and feel alone in their separate worlds, and have a special bond and friendship."very close to the surface" In an interview, Depp stated his experience was "A dream come true" and that the Mad Hatter is like "A mood ring, his emotions are
  • Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. Bonham Carter's head will be increased in size by three times on screen. The Red Queen has a growing tumor in her head which makes her unable to control her emotions. Bonham Carter's character is a combination of the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts.
  • Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Her character does not require digital manipulation.Happy Bunny holding a knife; "Cute but psycho. Things even out." Her character also doesn't walk, but instead floats. She is very eccentric and dramatic. Hathaway summed up her character with a caption on a magnet of
  • Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit. Sheen stated, "The White Rabbit is such an iconic character that I didn’t feel like I should break the mold too much."
  • Alan Rickman as Absolem, the Caterpillar. Rickman was filmed while recording his voice in a studio, but his face won't be composited onto the character's face as originally planned.
  • Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat.
  • Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Lucas' face was digitally inserted for both characters, while the body was computer-generated.
  • Christopher Lee as the Jabberwocky. An item in the film called "The Oraculum" suggests that John Tenniel's original design for the Jabberwock will be used in the film.
  • Paul Whitehouse as the March Hare. The March Hare will be computer animated.
  • Barbara Windsor as the Dormouse. The Dormouse will also be computer animated.
  • Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts
  • Michael Gough as the Dodo.

Real-world residents

Burton and Bonham Carter's children will have cameos in the film.

Joe Roth was developing Alice in Wonderland in April 2007 at Walt Disney Pictures with Linda Woolverton as screenwriter. Woolverton added a socio-political context to the story. That November, Burton signed with Disney to direct two films in Disney Digital 3-D, which included Alice in Wonderland and his remake of Frankenweenie. He explained "the goal is to try to make it an engaging movie where you get some of the psychology and kind of bring a freshness but also keep the classic nature of Alice." On prior versions, Burton said "It was always a girl wandering around from one crazy character to another, and I never really felt any real emotional connection." His goal with the new movie is to give the story "some framework of emotional grounding" and "to try and make Alice feel more like a story as opposed to a series of events."Jabberwocky poem as part of his structure. Burton also stated that he doesn’t see his version as either a sequel to any existing Alice movie or as a "re-imagining". Burton focused on the

In regard to Alice, although a number of well-known actresses expressed strong interest in the role, Burton chose a relative unknown so that audiences would relate to her. On casting Mia Wasikowska, Richard D. Zanuck states: "There is something real, honest and sincere about her. She's not a typical Hollywood starlet." Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have teamed up for their seventh film together, with the intention to create another "downright strange character"; the Hatter. Depp was excited to be cast as the Hatter, and has high regards towards the work of Tim Burton. He said "Alice in Wonderland I think is going to be very, very, very fun. It's outstanding ... Tim's work. I think he's outdone himself, you know. Brilliant. The Hatter was very fun to play."

The film was originally set to be released in 2009, but was pushed to March 5, 2010. Filming was scheduled for May 2008, but did not begin until September and finished in December after only 40 days. Scenes set in the Victorian era were shot at Torpoint and Plymouth from September 1—October 14. Two hundred and fifty local extras were chosen in early-August. Locations included Antony House in Torpoint, Charlestown, Cornwall and the Barbican.Motion capture filming began in early October, at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. Burton later said that he is using a combination of live action and animation, without motion capture. He also noted that this was the first time he had done green screen.[

Sony Pictures Imageworks designed the visual effects sequences. Burton felt 3D was appropriate to the story's environment. Burton and Zanuck chose to film with conventional cameras, and convert the footage into 3D later; Zanuck explained 3D cameras were too expensive and "clumsy" to use, and they felt that there was no difference between converted footage and those shot in the format. Director James Cameron, who released his 3D film Avatar on December 10, 2009, criticized the choice stating "It doesn't make any sense to shoot in 2D and convert to 3D."Culver Studios. Filming also took place at

On June 22, 2009, the first pictures of the film were released, showing Depp as the Mad Hatter, Hathaway as the White Queen, Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum. A new image of Alice was also released. In July, new photos emerged of Alice holding a white rabbit, the Mad Hatter with a hare, the Red Queen holding a pig, and the White Queen with a mouse.[

On July 22, 2009, a teaser trailer from the Mad Hatter's point of view was released on IGN but was shortly taken down because Disney claimed that the trailer was not supposed to be out yet. The teaser was also planned to premiere along with a trailer of Robert Zemeckis' film adaptationA Christmas Carol on July 24, 2009 for G-Force. The following day, the teaser trailer premiered at Comic-Con but the trailer shown was different than the one that leaked. The ComicCon version didn't have the Mad Hatter's dialogue. Instead, it featured "Time to Pretend" by MGMT, and the clips shown were in different order than in the leaked version. The leaked version was originally to be shown to one of the three Facebook groups used to promote the film that had the most members. The groups used to promote the film are "The Loyal Subjects of the Red Queen", "The Loyal Subjects of the White Queen" and "The Disloyal Subjects of the Mad Hatter." of

Also at the Comic-Con, props from the film were displayed in an "Alice in Wonderland" exhibit. Costumes featured in the exhibit included the Red Queen's dress, chair, wig, spectacles and scepter; the White Queen's dress, wig and a small model of her castle; the Mad Hatter's suit, hat, wig, chair and table; Alice's dress and battle armour (to slay the Jabberwock). Other props included the "DRINK ME" bottles, the keys, an "EAT ME" pastry and Stand-In models of the White Rabbit and March Hare.

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