Trailer Watch: Well played, Tim Burton. (Alice in Wonderland teaser)

Dear Mr. Burton:

As I wrote to you before, several months back, I was very excited about the prospect of a visionary director such as yourself tackling my favorite children’s novel of all time — but then the your casting of Mia Wasikowska, roughly a decade too old to play Alice in a faithful adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, had me worried.

Recently-released stills began to ease my concerns, but it was the synopsis that helped most: “Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember.”

In other words, it’s more of a sequel than an adaptation. So Mia Wasikowska isn’t too old to play Alice; so the character and set design doesn’t need to match the book slavishly; so the movie doesn’t need to stick to the original book’s extremely episodic (and relatively plotless) structure; and so on. Of course, it also makes it not an adaptation of the original book I love so much — but I can live with a good Tim Burton Alice sequel so much better than a bad Tim Burton Alice adaptation.

The new teaser looks pretty fun and provides us with our best look yet at the CG/motion-captured environment you’re inserting Miss Wasikowska (and her fellow humans) into, and while I’d need to see a high definition version to really tell, so far, it all looks gorgeous. If the story (presumably revolving around the eyepatched villainous-looking chap) provides a solid enough adventure to stitch all these images together, I’ll be pleased as punch.

Alice in Wonderland features the faces and/or voices of Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar, Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Christopher Lee as the Jabberwock, Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts, and Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee. It is set for release on March 5, 2010. (Thanks, Andrew Huff and IGN.)

Related Post: Tim Burton, you’re making me nervous. (updated)

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 13:31 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
In: Trailers

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  1. Written by Lincoln
    on 2009-07-26 at 14:30
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    I've gotta assume the eyepatched gentleman is the knave of hearts, but it really doesn't look like Crispin Glover to me. Maybe it is though. I'm pretty ready for a good movie though. It better be, what with that being my favorite book and all.

  2. Written by Lincoln
    on 2009-07-26 at 18:30
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    I've gotta assume the eyepatched gentleman is the knave of hearts, but it really doesn't look like Crispin Glover to me. Maybe it is though. I'm pretty ready for a good movie though. It better be, what with that being my favorite book and all.

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