Tim Burton has already been announced to appear at this year’s Comic-Con (for the first time in over 30 years) to promote his produced animated film, 9. However, that’s not the only thing Burton is there to promote – he’s also bringing with him the very first footage of his upcoming adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

Joy be for Tim Burton fans!

Not only is Alice in Wonderland to have its first footage shown at the Con, but it’s being described as a “semi-trailer.” What’s that, I hear you ask? Well, let’s let Mr. Burton himself explain:

“[It’s] a kind of a semi-trailer… It’s where we’re at at the moment. There’s not a lot of footage to show.”

It’s understandable that Burton wouldn’t have a full trailer for Wonderland yet, considering the movie’s still a while away and they’re not anywhere near done filming yet to be able to give us a full trailer. Not only is the point in time an issue in that they simply don’t have enough to show yet, there’s also the issue that the movie is a complicated mix of live-action, CGI and motion capture, which requires a lot of production beyond just shooting it with a camera. Burton explains:

“It’s a strange process we’re dealing with… We’re using a mix of techniques. If you picked them apart, each technique has been done before. We’re mixing them up, in a way.”

“I wish we had more footage to show… It’s a real mysterious puzzle that’s frightening and exciting at the same time.”

Burton is scheduled to appear on the 9 panel on Friday July 24th, but pre-empts that with the Wonderland footage the day before during the Disney 3-D panel. Alongside Alice in Wonderland footage will be the likes of Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol, and Tron 2 (is it a coincidence those three are all either a remake, a reimagining or a sequel?). MTV speculates that along with the Wonderland “semi-trailer,” we’ll most likely get Burton talking about the processing of making it, including collaborating with Johnny Depp for the seventh time.

For more on what Tim Burton said pre-Comic-Con, you can over to MTV Movies Blog.

Even if the Burton fan in me wants to see exactly what kind of stuff he’s come up with (at least visually) in motion with Alice in Wonderland, I’m sure anything that he shows at Comic-Con will just fuel the anticipation of the movie for me. The images we’ve seen so far have all been wonderful – I really can’t wait to see what the finished product ends up like.

What sort of footage do you think Tim Burton will be showing within this Alice in Wonderland “semi-trailer?” Are you looking forward to his take on the classic tale?

Alice in Wonderland is set to hit theatres on March 5th, 2010, in the US and on March 12th, 2010 in the UK.

Source: MTV Movies Blog