Tim Burton Unveils ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Footage & Surprise Guest!

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Making his first panel appearance ever at Comic-Con, Tim Burton came on stage to show the few thousand of us in attendance the first footage of his unique take on Alice in Wonderland.

His introduction was met with strong applause and he came out with a big smile, waving to the crowd. It was good times for all!

Alice in Wonderland was the second out of three segments of Disney’s 3-D presentation at Comic-Con this morning to help kick off the start of major events at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Patton Oswalt did a great job of interviewing Burton and they had a pretty humorous discussion.

In a jokingly manner in response to one of Oswalt’s questions about how he came up with this idea, Burton explained that they decided to make this film because he hadn’t done one with Johnny Depp where he has red hair – He says they “scalped Carrot Top and took his hair.”

They started by talking about the film and showing some of the images that we’ve seen already online in recent weeks but they also showed a new one of The Cheshire Cat which Burton said “confirms his hatred of cats.” This generated laughter amongst the crowd followed by applause when he mentioned that The Cheshire Cat is voiced by Stephen Fry.

Next up, we finally got to the good stuff when Oswalt and Burton introduced the exclusive clip.

It was pretty awesome and although short it length, for the first time, I was excited to see this film. The 3-D worked very well for the footage we were shown as well.

Host Oswalt then continued to press over and over again to see if Burton had more goodies to show us and Burton kept responding that what we say was all he had and emphasized that there’s still so much work to be done. So, instead, they showed the clip a second time.

At this point, I expected they were tricking us and were going to show us something different. They didn’t but I was still happy to get a second chance to see the clip to focus on some of the details you miss the first time through.

Following this, they moved on to the Q&A session which unfortunately was very weak and full of people praising Burton shamelessly instead of asking interesting questions. The one good thing that came from this was someone asking him if he’d direct a Harry Potter film to which he responded, that’s already finishing up now but if they’d make a spinoff about Harry’s Owl, he’d be all over that.

After this, Oswalt again pressed the creative director/writer/producer if he had brought anything else to show us and Burton said that he did have this imaginary friend… and… that’s when Johnny Depp walked out on stage!

The place went nuts with half of the people standing to cheer and snap a photo of the well-dressed icon. He said a few words then left, and for the third time we watched the Alice in Wonderland trailer.

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Fans go nuts over Depp’s surprise appearance [Click to Enlarge]

It was a strong presentation marked with a great trailer and a great surprise appearance by Depp. Burton really converted me with this footage and now this film is something I will look for and something you should too.

Follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes for live updates from San Diego Comic-Con!

The talented cast of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland includes Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry, Crispin Glover and Christopher Lee among others

Alice in Wonderland opens March 5, 2010.

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  1. Maybe.
    Cool that Depp showed up.

  2. Wow, even johnny Depp was able to take time off his busy schedule to greet the fans. How good of him. Still not interested in the movie though, was just curious who the “surprise guest” was, lol. Don’t we all love surprises? 😉

  3. Hahaa,!!!! I knew instantly when I saw this post that Depp was the punch line.
    He loves his fans, I’ve met him and he’s the nicest guy in show biz!!!
    Very cool !!!

  4. I wasn’t being sarcastic about Depp. I’m mainly pointing out how so many of these big stars with really busy schedules still find a way to make an appearance in these things in one form or another, made a similar comment about Sam Worthington, who was too busy to show in person, but made a video for the fans instead. Hey, it shows they care and make the effort. Kudos. Unfortunately not all celebrities are like that…

  5. I’m not a fan of Depp’s MOVIES, not his off-camera personality. Sometimes the two can be completely different. Look at Tim Robbins, on-camera he’s a decent actor, usually plays the “nice guy” and all that, then look at his off-camera personality, he’s full of himself, thinks his opinions are gospel, and has made death threats to journalists on at least one documented occassion.

  6. Depp can relate to people when he meets them. That’s one thing that stands out about him as an actor. He’s actually very normal …
    I’ve seen this first hand.

  7. I personally think that this is going to be a very well made film. It will probably have its dry and dull movies as most of Tim Burton’s movies do, but overall I think that the public will be ultimately satisfied with this adaptation.

  8. WOW!!!! Wish I could have seen that! Thanks for the report!

  9. Looks like fun, it would appear Tim Burton’s weaved his magic again along with Johnny Depp, excellent.

  10. Johnny Depp is amazing. Best actor in the business and he’s always there for his pal Tim. They always make great collaborations together and I cannot wait for this one.

  11. And 790 have you met Johnny Depp?!? If so… I’d love to hear more about that.

  12. Ken J — to which journalists is Tim Robbins alleged to have made “death threats”? That’s quite a serious accusation to level, even on a discussion board. Care to share? Or have you got a bit confused by people sending HIM death threats, both in real life and in The Player?