First Look: Tim Burton’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:24 am,

Whether you like his style of film-making or not, you can’t deny that when a new Tim Burton film is coming out, it’s more of an event than “just another movie.” He’s a filmmaker who has cult written all over him and his films, but yet he’s one of the most popular in the business. And when the idea of an Alice in Wonderland was first thrown around it was almost a no-brainer that Burton would end up helming it. Could there be a more perfect match than Burton and this classic fantasy tale?

I think not.

We’ve already had hints here and there about what we can expect from Burton’s sure-to-be-unique take on the story, but we’ve had nothing really concrete so far (well, beyond the no-brainer casting choice of Burton regular Johnny Depp being cast as the Mad Hatter). A couple of days ago at a Disney meeting, a lucky few got a glimpse of what Depp will look like in the film and apparently the “oohs” and “aahs” were abundant.

Back in November there was an image released of Depp in the Mad Hatter garb but it was never confirmed as genuine. However, thanks to Disney Twenty-Three Magazine (a quarterly publication that can be signed up for a quite expensive $74.99 a year from Disney’s Official Community for Fans) we get our first proper look at what we can expect from Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (sorry for the poor quality – click images for larger versions).

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Although we still don’t get to see what Depp will look like, the images (seemingly more concept than actual images from the film) still give us a great first look into just what Burton and co. have in store for us with this new telling of the Alice in Wonderland story. However Burton’s movies turn out in terms of quality, he never lets us down with his unique, trademark style that is in-part the reason he is so popular.

It’s great to finally see how young actress Mia Wasikowski looks in her Alice outfit (it looks like she’ll nail the character) and particularly pleasing to see the tea party scene come to life in this new visual form (albeit concept art for the moment).

I haven’t loved every film in Tim Burton’s career (I know I am going to get some serious flack for saying this but in particular I really don’t like The Nightmare Before Christmas) but I am more than willing to give him the benefit of the doubt every single time.

What do you make of our first real look at Burton’s Alice in Wonderland? Has he gotten it right as far as we can see?

Alice in Wonderland is scheduled for a March 5th 2010 release in the US and an April 2nd 2010 release in the UK.

Sources: TimBurtonCollective and /Film

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  1. I hope he is to make it dark and creepy, would be better that way. The way the true novel is.

  2. I can’t wait for this movie! I’m gonna go get in line for it now.

    Oh, and I don’t like A Nightmare Before Christmas either.

  3. Good to hear I’m not alone on that one, Garrison^_^

  4. my fav book!
    cant wait to see this.

  5. American McGee’s ALICE
    was Great .
    and i believe burtons should be simular

  6. I agree that it should be dark, there’s so many creepy things that happen to Alice in the story. I’m looking forward to this but I hope its done right, Burtons Wonka was pretty lame.

  7. I think that Burton’s films fall into 2 categories: classic film and utter garbage. Beatlejuice was FANTASTIC, Planet of the Apes was junk. I do, however, think that Burton is the right man to do a story as dark and twisted as Alice in Wonderland. This could be a REALLY fun movie to watch.

  8. About your article on Alice in Wonderland. I know you said you don’t like it (neither do I) However, it’s because it was only written by Burton not directed by him. The director is a gentleman named Henry Selick.

    I was wondering though if you know anything new on Cormac Mcarthy’s novel to film the Road?

  9. OH CRAP!!!!!!!!

    I’m so effing excited for this movie!!!! It’s a great cast and awesome story line. I’m elated to know that Tim Burton, the greatest director (in my oppinon) will be directing and producing this movie. I can’t wait for March of 2010!

  10. That image of the small door on the wall and Alice looking at it just gives me chills! I’m excited to see this adaption!

  11. Alice in Wonderland has been my favorite story forever. I do agree that it should be totally creepy. The cast sounds amazing so hopefully I’m not dissapointed. I don’t care how crappy the rest of the movie is, as long as the scenes with the Cheshire Cat are good!

  12. Ha! Alice and Wonderland all-encompassing creepy, acid trip. I am excited for Burton’s rendition!

  13. this will scare me…

  14. The good news is that neither UK or USA is hosting the 2010 World Cup (South Africa is).

    The bad news is that Alice in Wonderland is set to be eclippsed by the likes of Iron Man 2 and a modernized adaptation of The A-Team (In this version, Murdoch, Hannibal, Face and B.A are veterans in the Middle East not Vietnam). In UK and USA there are more fans of the A-Team series than Lewis Carrol’s Wonderland stories.

  15. I love The Nightmare Before Christmas. But I think Tim Burton shouldn’t really go for a some-what cutesy story like Alice in Wonderland. I hate Alice in Wonderland and the dude who made was high when he made that story too!

  16. I enjoy Burton’s films but I fear that he will make the same style of movies and not take any challenging risks. The only thing that will make this movie great instead of just okay is, of course, Depp

  17. Hier sind einige Bilder vom Casting und aus dem Walt Disney Magazin.


  18. Craig, you thought that the book was dark and creepy?? Honestly I love the fantastical effect adn spin Burton puts on his films, but i do not think his dark settings quite work for this film. Alice and wonderland, to me, is very whimsical and light, almost airy, which I peronally do not think is appropriate for the movie especially when he claims to be more true to the book. Although, it has been revealed that his adaptation of the film will be more as if alice went back to wonderland after a couple of years, the hedges will be less neat and tidy adn the buildings wont be as clean…which i guess makesan excuse for his sets which tend to be alittle creepier

  19. I Really think that the nightmare before christmas is much better than the other movies that tim burton made because it has the clay models of different charactors like sally, mayor, vampires, warewolf, witches, hanging tree, oogie boogie, lock, shock, barrol, behemoth, and jack

  20. I hope they this movie dark as well…but not too dark to the point where it gets dull and boring…adding in some humor would be a great thing

  21. it’s tim burton. how can this movie not be great

  22. i totally agree with u i cant wait till alice in wonderland comes out the man that made was high on mushrooms and was writing about his experience when he was high but mostly im in love with the cheshire cat <3

  23. i totally agree with u i cant wait till alice in wonderland comes out the man that made was high on mushrooms and was writing about his experience when he was high but mostly im in love with the cheshire cat <3

  24. i hate the new alice story i think if he do it with the original story and his touch will be amazing but this one really dissapoint me