25 Fun facts about Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

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Tim Burton directed and Linda Woolverton wrote the 2010 American fantasy film Alice in Wonderland. The film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh, alongside Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter. The film was shot in both the United Kingdom and America.

The plot is based on Lewis Carroll’s 1865 fantasy novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its 1871 sequel Through the Looking-Glass.

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The film grossed over $1.02 billion worldwide, being Burton’s most successful film to date, but received mixed reviews; although praised for its visual style, special effects and Johnny Depp’s performance, the film was criticized for its lack of narrative, coherence and overuse of CGI. At the 83rd Academy Awards, Alice in Wonderland won for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design, and was also nominated for Best Visual Effects. The film generated over $1 billion in ticket sales and, as of August 2014, it is the seventeenth highest-grossing film of all time.

A sequel, titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, was released on 10 May 2016.

After passing through a mirror, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Wonderland, where she meets the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Her friends tell her that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is depressed because he has lost his family. Alice steals the Chronosphere from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) in order to travel into the past in order to save his loved ones. She meets the younger Hatter and the evil Red Queen while there (Helena Bonham Carter).

 Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Synopsis

alice_in_wonderland_movie_2010-wallpaper-1920x1200When Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) first traveled to the mysterious Underland (Wonderland), she was a tiny child. As a teenager she has no recollection of the area other than what she dreams about. When she discovers a particular white rabbit and follows him down a hole while attending a garden party for her fiancé and herself, her life takes an unexpected turn. Alice discovers that the Red Queen’s (Helena Bonham Carter) reign of terror must end when she is reunited with her pals, the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the Cheshire Cat, and others.

In the sequel, after passing through a mirror, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Underland, where she meets the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Her friends tell her that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is depressed because he has lost his family. Alice steals the Chronosphere from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) in order to travel into the past in order to save his loved ones. She meets the younger Hatter and the evil Red Queen while there (Helena Bonham Carter).

Stage adaptation

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Wonderland is musical with book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd, lyrics by Murphy, and music by Frank Wildhorn. It was previously known as Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventure or Wonderland: New Alice. 
The plot, which is modern adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871), is set in New York City and centers on author Alice Cornwinkle and her daughter Chloe, who is 10 years old.
The musical had number of workshops and performances in Houston, Texas, and Tampa, Florida, before it opened on Broadway on April 17, 2011, and it ran there until May 15, 2011.

25 Fun facts about the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland Movie

  1. Before Tim Burton was involved with the project, Anne Hathaway was offered the titular role of Alice, but she turned it down because it was too similar to other roles she had previously played. However, she was keen to work with Burton, so was pleased to be cast as the White Queen. She shot all her scenes in two weeks.
  2. Both the Red Queen’s and White Queen’s palaces were designed to resemble Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World.
  3. Johnny Depp, who says that he likes “an obstacle” whilst filming, admitted that he found the process of filming on a green screen “exhausting“, and that he felt “befuddled by the end of the day”.
  4. Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen is a combination of two characters from the books. The Red Queen from Through the Looking Glass is a chess piece who competes with the White Queen. The Queen of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a playing-card with anger management issues, decapitation mania, and fondness for flamingo-and-hedgehog croquet. Thus, while the White Queen’s army is chess-themed, the Red Queen’s army is playing-card themed. Alice_1600x1200_03_NP
  5. This film marks the 7th time Johnny Depp has worked under the direction of Tim Burton and the 6th time for Helena Bonham Carter. Johnny-Tim-johnny-depp-tim-burton-films-5698735-2560-1707
  6. In the opening minutes of the film, there is a shot of the moon, on which the Cheshire Cat’s face is briefly visible.alice_moon
  7. The Red Queen and Stayne decide that it is better to be feared than loved. This paraphrases a famous quote from Niccolò Machiavelli’s ‘Il Principe’ (The Prince): “It may be answered that one should wish to be both, but, because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”
  8. When The Hatter undergoes one of his personality changes, not only does his voice become deeper but the make-up around his eyes changes and the color of his eyes become darker as well. madhatter
  9. The battle scene at the end resembles a chess scene from afar to pay tribute to the chess game that Alice is playing all throughout the original text, “Through the Looking Glass“.
  10. Alan Rickman was originally going to have his face composited onto the animated Caterpillar Absolem. He was filmed recording his voice in the studio, but the idea was eventually scrapped. The animators did, however, try to give Absolem’s face characteristics similar to Rickman’s.allanrickman
  11. The Mad Hatter asks Alice several times, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” This is directly from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Carroll admitted that there never was an answer to the question; he made it up without an answer. He did provide one possible answer years later after many requests from his fans for the answer: “Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are VERY flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front.” (“Nevar” = “Raven” spelled backwards. Carroll’s deliberate misspelling is often erroneously “corrected”, obscuring the point of the joke.) Another answer, from the American puzzler Sam Loyd: “Because Edgar Allan Poe wrote on both.” Over the years, numerous others have come up with possible answers as well. raven
  12. Every person in Wonderland/Underland has a proper name. These names were invented for this movie, as in the books and most other movie versions, they are referred to only by descriptive titles. In this version the Hatter’s name is Tarrant Hightopp, The White Rabbit is McTwisp, The Dormouse is Malyumkin, The March Hare is Thackery, The Caterpillar is Absolem, The Chesire Cat is Chessur, The White Queen is Mirana Crimms, The Red Queen is Iracebeth Crimms, and the Knave of Hearts is Ilosovic Stayne. The size-changing potions are likewise named for the first time: The cake that makes Alice grow is called Upelkuchen, and the liquid that makes her shrink is called Pishalver.
  13. Alice’s father Charles Kingsleigh is named for Charles Kingsley, author of The Water Babies, a children’s fantasy with similarities to the Alice stories. Lewis Carroll admired Kingsley’s political views on social reform.
  14. Crispin Glover’s character, Stayne, has only one eye, symbolising his being a representation of the Jack of Hearts. (The Jack of Hearts and the Jack of Spades are often referred to as “One-Eyed Jack” since only one eye is visible on the card.) jackofhearts
  15. This movie unites several actors from the Harry Potter film series, including Helena Bonham Carter(Bellatrix Lestrange), Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Paul Whitehouse (Sir Cadogan), Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew), Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime), and Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge).
  16. For the character of the JabberwockyChristopher Lee had originally tried to make his voice ‘burble’ (as described in the poem “Jabberwocky”). However, Tim Burton convinced him to use his actual voice, as he found it more intimidating.
  17. One of the hats the Mad Hatter presents to the Red Queen is Elsa Schiaparelli‘s “Shoe Hat” which was designed in the 1930s in cooperation with surrealist Salvador Dalí. shoe
  18. The twisted tree that Alice passes after entering Underland from the room with the doors, looks almost identical to the tree of the dead from Sleepy Hollow (1999), another Tim Burton/Johnny Depp
  19. The sound effect of the JubJub bird‘s calls are the same as The Probe’s in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).
  20. When the Jack of Hearts is in the Red Queens castle his eyepatch is red, when outside, it’s black.
  21. Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter’s children Billy and Nell Burton made cameo appearances as young children at the end of the film.
  22. The Jabberwocky is not the name of the monster in Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Through the Looking Glass.) The monster itself is actually called just the Jabberwock.
  23. In the 1930s, the novel was banned in China on the grounds that animals should not use the language of humans!
  24. Since it was first published, Alice In Wonderland has never been out of print and has been translated into at least 97 languages. Amazing! Asombroso! Sorprendente! Incroyable!
  25. ‘Lewis Carroll’ is a pen-name and a riddle in itself. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson took his first and middle names, translated them into their Latin form ‘Carolus Lodovicus’ reversed the words and then translated them back into English.

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