It has been a while since audiences ventured into the much-beloved tale of Alice in Wonderland. Disney’s classic 1951 animated version has reverberated through several generations, solidifying a devoted and diverse fan base amongst children, adults, cosplay enthusiasts and stoners alike. Back in 2010, Tim Burton’s adaptation pumped new life into the tale of Alice and her bizarro adventures, while simultaneously alerting both studio heads and fans of the potential for new tales of Wonderland to be told.
Though reviews for Alice in Wonderland were mixed, it remains the biggest box-office hit of Burton’s career to date, grossing over a billion dollars worldwide. Now more than five years later, Disney is getting set to unveil its follow up and today was apparently the ideal day to give fans a very little peek at Alice Through The Looking Glass.
The clip comes in at a mere 11 seconds, providing just enough time to see Alice (Mia Wasikowska) tumble from a doorway in the sky toward a lush landscape below. The teaser arrives almost three months since Disney unveiled their initial clip at its bi-annual D23 Expo in Anaheim.
At present time there’s not a lot of information floating around about the film, but we do know the plot is both a sequel and a prequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland. A problem involving The Mad Hatter -- a role reprised by Johnny Depp -- will set Alice off on an adventure through time in an attempt to right the wrongs that have occurred. Throughout this journey, younger versions of familiar characters as well as some altogether new ones will be introduced, including The Mad Hatter’s father, Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans) and someone called Time (Sacha Baron Cohen).
Tim Burton won’t be along for the ride this time -- at least not as director. He is producing, however, so if you’re a big fan of his work don’t worry, the final product will still likely bear some of his signature style. Alice Through The Looking Glass is directed by James Bobin (The Muppets) and scripted by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King). In addition to the aforementioned cast members, the rest of the cast is a hearty one indeed, featuring Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and the voices of Timothy Spall, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, and Alan Rickman.
Burton’s original film certainly had its flaws, but there’s little doubt that Johnny Depp was one of its strongest aspects. Disney is well aware of Depp’s marketability and seems to have built a sequel that shirks the original Lewis Carol novel and caters more to the Mad Hatter and his family origins. Depp will have more time to shine, but the cast itself is so strong that this time around, there could be so much more for audiences to enjoy. Of course, it’s far too early to tell how anything is going to pan out, and it’s entirely possible that audiences have begun to tire of Depp’s caricature bag of tricks, but the safe bet seems to count this one as a contender -- at least from a financial perspective.
Presented in Digital 3D, Real D 3D and IMAX 3D, Alice Through the Looking Glass will hit US theatres on May 27, 2016.
Source: Disney (via Twitter)