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As with most movies of this type, there will be a game coming out alongside the flick. MTV News had some time to talk to Burton about the movie, and the topic of the game came up.
Despite not being a "hardcore gamer," Burton seems genuinely interested in gaming, and is impressed that the developers have been able to do so much with the limited amount of assets they've been given so far. Hrm...can't say that bodes well for the game if they're just sorta winging it, but hey, ya never know!
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- Russ Frushtick
Rather than delivering a stylized logo, a release date and nothing more, the just-released teaser trailer for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" is generously packed with real, actual movie footage. And it's great. Burton is just the right guy to bring Lewis Carroll's wacked-out vision of Wonderland to modern audiences, with liberal help from CG animation and Johnny Depp of course.
In fact, it is so packed with psychedelic goodness, that it's easy to let the little details fly by. Don't worry though-- we've got you covered. Over on MTV.com, I've put together a little shot-by-shot breakdown of the trailer for your reading pleasure. We've also got the HD version available now for your viewing pleasure. Capping it all off is a Freeze Frames image gallery which hits every major moment in the trailer.
- Adam Rosenberg
Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" isn't the first incarnation of Lewis Carroll's classic story to appear in theaters, and it certainly won't be the last. Watching the "Beetlejuice" and "Corpse Bride" director take a stab at one of the most surreal oddities in children's literature is a bit like handing pyromaniac a match and the keys to a fireworks warehouse. Burton has more than 150 years of history for film goers to judge his adaptation of "Alice" against. Here are five productions, movies and otherwise, that have shown what unsettling undertones lurk in Carroll's tale.
"Alice in Wonderland" (1976)
Directed by Bud Townsend
Roger Ebert called this oddity "fairly mild, as X movies go." What we have here is the most famous erotic musical to claim "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" as its inspiration. The skin flick hurdled the bar for bizarre by turning Tweedledum and Tweedledee into an uncomfortably close brother and sister pairing, »
- Brian Warmoth
So of course when I navigated my way over to eBay today, I plugged "Alice in Wonderland" into the search instead of my usual set of phrases. I figured I'd find a cool animation cel from the animated Disney classic. Instead I found this... thing. I don't know what it is. Sculpture? Toy? Material awesome? All of those things I suspect. The worst part about writing this column every day (okay okay... most days) is that half the time -- more than half the time even -- I'm finding stuff that I desperately want to dig into the savings for. Not that I have. Or will.
Yeah, it's a sculpture. An official Walt Disney »
- Adam Rosenberg
Wow. As a longtime fan of all things "Alice in Wonderland"-related, I've been looking forward to Tim Burton's take on Lewis Carroll's stories with something that far exceeds "great interest." It's more like "rabid enthusiasm," or "release more content before I go postal." And now that the first in-motion look at the movie has arrived, I find my vocabulary pared down to a single word: Wow!
For those of you fretting and raising eyebrows over this new Alice's (Mia Wasikowska) age or Johnny Depp's (he plays the Mad Hatter) star billing, know that Burton's story is a sort-of sequel to the Carroll original. You'll see all sorts of familiar characters and locales of course, but things have changed -- and quite a bit -- since Alice's first visit to Wonderland.
Update: Apparently a certain website got a little overexcited about the "Alice" trailer and decided to run it a day early. »
- Adam Rosenberg
USA Today has published some gorgeous new images from Tim Burton's new Alice in Wonderland project, underway at Disney.Available for your hi-def perusal is concept art showing Johnny Depp as a wall-eyed Mad Hatter; Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway as the Red and White Queens; and glimpses of The White Rabbit, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and Alice herself.That character list should give you a clue that this is not quite a straight adaptation. While the Hatter and the Rabbit are from Lewis Carrol's barking 1865 original story, The Tweedles and the Queens are all from 1871 sequel Through the Looking Glass (the Queen in the first book is the playing card Queen of Hearts, not the chess piece Red Queen, although reports that Bonham Carter's version is fond of crying "off with their heads" and has a moat full of bobbing skulls, suggests an amalgamation of the two »
'Tim just has a take on it in his head that is unlike anybody that I know,' Michael Lantieri tells MTV News.
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images
Since the early 20th-century, silent-film version of Lewis Carroll's 1865 book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," there has been no shortage of cinematic, animated, musical and made-for-tv adaptations of Alice's legendary trip down the rabbit hole. Tim Burton and his partner in big-screen head trips, Johnny Depp, are the latest to take on the beloved children's book.
On Monday (June 22), USA Today released the first eye-popping images from their 2010 movie, and MTV News recently spoke with the special-effects supervisor on the film, Michael Lantieri, about how Burton's edition will be truly unique.
"Tim just has a take on it in his head that is unlike anybody that I know," Lantieri said.
The USA Today pictures show Depp as an orange-haired, »
The new issue of Empire has a few tidbits from Tim Burton's new film Alice in Wonderland, with new pics and an interview with Burton himself about the film. And here, for your delectation, is a look at Alice about to head down the rabbit hole. And yes, that must belong to a pretty huge rabbit.Mia Wasikowska stars as Alice, alongside an all-star cast that includes Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter (perfect casting), Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham-Carter as the Red Queen, Christopher Lee as the Jabberwock, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat and Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar.As Burton says, "I've always liked Lewis Carroll's imagery. It's so politically incorrect too, isn't it? Y'know, a bottle of something that says 'Drink me' and the mushrooms..."For more on Alice in Wonderland, and of course lots more, pick up the 20th birthday issue of »
8 items from 2009
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