“Burton-izing” Alice

Whether or not you are interested in Alice In Wonderland and the potential it has for being filmed by Tim Burton, the following conceptual art might at least make you “curiouser and curiouser” about the project. Me? Lewis Carroll’s Alice books are among my favourite things in the world and Tim Burton is a filmmaker whose works fascinate me even when they don’t work — except, of course, for the abysmal Planet of the Apes remake, which I choose to believe was taken out of Burton’s hands during production. The man is a genius of whimsical — and dark — weirdness, so I say: “Leave him alone and let him do his thing!”

Here is a sample of his “thing” as applied to Alice in Wonderland (click on the images to see them bigger):



Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter:


Helen Bonham Carter as the Red Queen:


Add Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar, Christopher Lee as the Jabberwock, British comic Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts, Ann Hathaway as the White Queen, and of course 19-year-old Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska as Alice — returning to Wonderland for a second time, the first visit as a younger child being largely forgotten — and the anticipation only grows. About casting Wasikowska in the lead role, Burton commented: “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 with a younger person’s mentality.”

The fact that the film will feature “the usual Burton-esque ghoulishness” is no surprise and perfectly appropriate, given the amount of dark, unsettling absurdity that is inherent in the Alice books.

Currently in post-production, the film is due to be released on 5th March 2010.

  • Source: USAtoday.com. This page includes the above landscapes as large pictures that you can explore in detail by moving over them with the cursor. Be sure to go there to have a look.
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