Burton brings Alice back to Wonderland

Andrew Huff ('10)/ Eastside Humor Editor

 

The Cheshire cat’s iconic foreboding grin will be reappearing in cinema once more. 

Tim Burton helms the multifaceted reimagining of the classic fable written by Lewis Carroll, set to be released in theaters in 2010. Set ten years after the character Alice first traversed through the rabbit hole into the land of bizarre wonder, the film follows a seventeen-year-old Alice returning to the mythical hub where her life turned upside down.

In 1951, Disney released its cinematic take on the story Alice in Wonderland which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Music, and has since become a staple of childhood movies.

Burton utilizes various types of filming, ranging from live action, stop motion, CG animation and three-dimensional imaging to capture the elements of vibrancy and awe of the journey of self discovery through Wonderland.  Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter, while his fiancée Helena Bonham Carter plays the acerbic Red Queen.  The movie will mark the seventh project that Burton and Depp have done together.

Anne Hathaway (Brokeback Mountain, Rachel Getting Married) plays the White Queen, while the equally talented Michael Sheen (The Queen, Frost Nixon) plays the symbol-infused role of the White Rabbit. 

The four main stars have all proven their prowess in acting abilities, while the story also retains the status of a legendary work of fiction. Originally published in 1865, the story has maintained its popularity.

Audiences will have to wait, though, to see if Tim Burton can successfully do justice to the classic literature on a modern-day movie screen.