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  • The story is based on an extension of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There (1872), the two Alice books by English author Lewis Carroll (real name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-1898].

  • This movie uses live actors, CGI, and motion capture technology. While Burton is original with his adaptation of this film, an example of live actors composited with animation can be seen in Jan Svankmajer's 1988 film Neco z Alenky (1988), a Czechoslovakian version of Alice in Wonderland. Since the film is being produced by Disney, Burton hopes to have Alice in Wonderland released as a 3D movie, similar to his annual Halloween release of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), which is in Disney Digital 3D.

  • Motion capture technology is a network of clothing-embedded or sticky sensors used to read/record a performer's physical movements, which can then be used to create a fluid, life-like, computer-generated wireframe and eventually a textured character, or alternately the performance can be recreated with an animatronic anthropomorphic robot (an android), akin to motion control; but the latter was not perfected back when this movie was made (and wouldn't have been a staple of the creation anyway), and the technology predominantly is used in such a way as to has CGI as the final product. The most famous example of motion capture in cinema is probably pioneer Andy Serkis' performance of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies (2002-2003).

  • The Ascots are rich, upper-class characters that were created especially for the film. They are the characters holding the garden party that Alice attends at the beginning of the film, before she falls into Underland. The garden party, to Alice's shock, is being held because Hamish Ascot (Leo Bill), the son of Lord (Tim Pigott-Smith) and Lady (Geraldine James) Ascot, is going to propose to her. Lord Ascot is Alice's late father's business partner.

  • The Chataway sisters, Fiona ([Link=nm1870434]) and Faith (Eleanor Gecks), are characters created especially for the film. They are Alice's spiteful peers who appear at the beginning of the film before Alice falls down the rabbit hole. They are portrayed as the real-life counterparts to Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

  • "Glossary of Underland Terms"

    Bandersnatch: a creature under the control of the Red Queen

    Brillig: 4 o'clock in the afternoon, the time that broiling things for dinner begins

    Crims: the central land of Underland

    Downal wyth Bluddy Behg Hid: "Down with the Red Queen" (lit. "down with bloody big head" in Scots), the slogan of the Resistance

    ezel: high, go up

    fairfarren: farewell, "May you travel far under fair skies"

    Frabjous day: the day Alice slays the Jabberwocky and frees Underland from the oppression of the Red Queen

    frumious: filthy with a very bad smell

    Futterwacken: a dance of unbridled joy

    gallymoggers: crazy

    Gribling: the day Alice will return to Underland

    guddler's scut: thief's ass

    Gummer Slough: a dangerous swamp of thick viscous mud

    Horunvendush Day: the day the Red Queen took control of Underland

    Jabberwocky: a deadly creature, the Red Queen's ultimate weapon

    Jubjub Bird: a flying creature under the control of the Red Queen

    kiotchyn: heads up, pay attention

    naught for usal: it's no use trying

    noge: go low down

    nunz: don't go - not now

    Oraculum: a Calendar of all the days of Underland, each day having its own title and illustration.

    orgal: to the left

    Outlands: an untamed land to the west of Witzend

    Outlandish: an old language spoken only in the Outlands adopted by the Underland underground resistance as a secret code in the revolution against the Red Queen

    Pishsalver: potion that makes one shrink

    Queast: a land to the east, but not in the least

    Quillian: the following day after Alice returns

    saganistute: a wise person of poetry and vision

    Salazen Grum: a port city where the Red Queen lives

    shukrn: excrement

    sloth: slowly

    stang: right

    slurvish: selfish, self-centered

    Snud: southern Underland

    Tulgey Wood: a thick wood where Alice meets the Jabberwocky

    Underland: the real name for the place Alice calls Wonderland

    Upelkuchen: cake that makes one grow

    slurking urpal slackush scrum: dirty words of the most foul meaning

    Witzend: a western land where the Mad Hatter and March Hare were born

    yadder: far away - way yadder the Crossling in Snud.

    zounder: behind you

  • When Alice is tiny, she is three inches high (8 centimeters). When Alice is small, she is two feet high (0.61 meter). When Alice is big, she is seven feet high (2.13 meters).

  • Alice — Alice Kingsleigh

    The Mad Hatter — Tarrant Hightopp

    The Red Queen — Iracebeth of Crims

    The White Queen — Mirana of Marmoreal

    The Knave of Hearts — Ilosovic Stayne

    Tweedledee/Tweedledum — (the same names)

    The White Rabbit — Nivens McTwisp

    The Cheshire Cat — Chessur

    The Caterpillar — Absolem

    The March Hare — Thackery Earwicket

    The Dormouse — Mallymkun

    The Dodo — Uilleam

    The Bloodhound — Bayard Hamar

    The Jabberwock — The Jabberwocky

    Alice's Mother — Helen Kingsleigh

    Alice's Father — Charles Kingsleigh

    Alice's Sister — Margaret Manchester

  • Her character is a composite of the Queen of Hearts (a human playing card featured in the first Alice book) and the Red Queen (a human chess piece featured in the second Alice book).

  • Frabjous Day finally arrives. The White and Red Queens and their armies meet each other on a battlefield that looks like a large chessboard. The White Queen (Anne Hathaway) extends her hand in peace, but the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) turns her down and calls for the Jabberwocky (Christopher Lee). While the armies wage war on each other, Alice (alone but armed with the Vorpal sword and fortifying herself by thinking of six impossible things) faces the Jabberwocky. They chase each other up a tower, where Alice climbs on the Jabberwocky's back, but he tosses her into the air. On the way down, Alice yells, "Off with your head!" and beheads him with the Vorpal sword. Suddenly, both armies cease fighting and put down their weapons. The Red Queen's crown flies off her head and lands on the head of the White Queen, thanks to a little help from the Cheshire cat. The White Queen banishes the Red Queen to the Outlands and handcuffs her to Stave, the Knave of Hearts (Crispin Glover). Horrified that he is to be bound to the Red Queen forever, Stave attempts to kill her, but the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) stops him, so Stave asks to be killed, but the White Queen refuses. To celebrate their victory, the Mad Hatter dances the futterwacken. The White Queen gives Alice a vial of purple Jabberwocky blood with which to go home. Mad Hatter asks Alice to stay in Underland, but she drinks the blood and passes back through the rabbit hole, returning to the garden party and explains that she fell down a hole and hit her head. She goes on to tell Hamish that she can't marry him, warn Lowell (John Hopkins) that she'll be watching him closely, and suggest that Aunt Imogene (Frances de la Tour) get help for her delusions. She then meets Lord Ascot in the study where they discuss expanding the trade route to go all the way to China. Lord Ascot, charmed with her idea, takes her on as an apprentice. In the final scene, Alice boards a trading ship, and Absolem (now a blue butterfly) comes to sit on her shoulder before fluttering away.

  • No. Just before Alice returns home, she asks the Mad Hatter for the answer, but he merely replies, "I haven't the slightest idea." Lewis Caroll (Christmas, 1896): Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter's Riddle can be imagined that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer: "Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is nevar [sic] put with the wrong end in front!" This, however, is merely an afterthought; the riddle as originally invented had no answer at all.


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