Released in 2010, Alice in Wonderland was a every bit as quirky and eccentric a trip as we could have imagined. The combined force of Lewis Carroll’s weird and wonderful creations, coupled with director Tim Burton’s vivid and wild imagination gave us an adventure which critics were divided over – but which proved to be a hit for Disney, grossing over $1 billion at the global box office.
Now at last we come to the sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Once again, Mia Wasikowska stars as the titular character, with Johnny Depp returning as the Mad Hatter – while Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway are pitched against one another as the Red and White Queens, respectively. Ahead of the film’s release, Alice Through the Loking Glass released two new TV spots during last night’s Grammys. The first is a TV trailer, which can be viewed above
The second Alice Through the Looking Glass video is a featurette focusing on P!nk, who reveals she will be contributing two songs to the film’s score: a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” (which is also featured in the above TV trailer) and an original song, penned by P!nk herself, to be revealed at a later date. You can watch the featurette, below.
“I like quirky. I like weird, and this movie is one of the quirkier, more creative stories,” P!nk says in the above video. That’s surely an understatement, and it’s quirkiness is possibly why Alice’s adventures do not appeal to everyone. Along with most of the original cast, including Alan Rickman in his last role as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar, Sacha Baron Cohen joins the cast list as the main villain, Time, whom Alice must battle to save the Mad Hatter from a cruel, dark fate. The extended TV spot above gives a good glimpse at his scheming and evil intentions.
Once again, Tim Burton returns to the Alice franchise but this time he is only producing, not directing. James Bobin (The Muppets) takes the helm, though Burton’s influence seems to be heavily present in what we’ve seen of the movie so far. Though Alice in Wonderland was a commercial success, it failed to really stick around in the hearts of movie goers – but Depp’s Mad Hatter was one of the more standout characters, so it seems a wise choice to make his plight the focus of the sequel.
You can check out the latest poster released for Alice Through the Looking Glass, below:
New music from P!nk is always welcome, and her style certainly suits the world of Alice in Wonderland, so it will be intriguing to see what she comes up with. She describes her work on Alice Through the Looking Glass as “One of the more exciting things I’ve ever done in my life.” Let’s hope audiences have the same reaction when the film is released.
Perhaps the big question is: will those who originally went to theaters to see Alice in Wonderland make a repeat visit and go on this second trip down the rabbit hole with Alice Through the Looking Glass – or will the lure of X-Men: Apocalypse (which opens during the same weekend) prove too much? Granted, both are wildly different to one another, but there is bound to be some viewer crossover, and it seems pretty safe to assume that Marvel will emerge triumphant… though Alice ought to put up a good fight, at least.
Alice Through the Looking Glass opens in U.S. theaters on May 27th, 2016.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures