Last week I came upon an article that Tim Burton will be doing an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
The blog INFDaily has some First Looks at Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. It will be a mix of live action and CGI animation, which will be really interesting to watch. And, of course, Tim Burton’s favorite Johnny Depp will be in this film playing the Mad Hatter! He’s always so perfect for the roles he gets cast for in Burton’s films and I can totally see him as the Mad Hatter. Playing the White Queen will be Anne Hathaway and playing the Red Queen will be Helena Bonham Carter. To get a little take on the two Queens, read the Queen Alice chapter from Through the Looking Glass.
It seems the film will be closely based on Carroll’s works, so I’m really anxious for it to come out. Unfortunately it won’t hit theaters till sometime in 2010, but it sounds like it will be great. I’ve always loved the Alice stories, and of course anything Lewis Carroll, and almost did my senior seminar on Alice stories and other nonsense stories. I always get excited to see Lewis Carroll artifacts or anything related to his work and I love the idea of Tim Burton taking this project on. I generally like Tim Burton’s work and like that he doesn’t butcher original works like Disney does. I liked that his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was actually based on the Roald Dahl book more than the 70s film with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. Of course I loved the old 70s Willy Wonka (I could swear the creators of that one had drugs on the brain, it’s so very trippy), but Burton’s was more Dahl (who was also pretty trippy in his own way).
Anyway, I found an online version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. There are also online versions full with John Tenniel’s illustrations, here’s Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. I still love browsing through these stories.
I will leave with some clips from the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland , which is probably the only Disney movie I actually like, even though it isn’t that close to the original Carroll book.:
The Merry Unbirthday Party
The Walrus and the Carpenter
The Cheshire Cat