An Interview with Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton

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From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director TIM BURTON comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure “ALICE IN WONDERLAND,” a magical and imaginative twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time. JOHNNY DEPP (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Public Enemies”) stars as the Mad Hatter, and MIA WASIKOWSKA (“Amelia”) as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.

The outstanding film, which will go down in history as a timeless classic, is rounded out with its all-star cast that also includes ANNE HATHAWAY (“Get Smart,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) as the White Queen, HELENA BONHAM CARTER (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “Terminator Salvation”) as the Red Queen, CRISPIN GLOVER (“Beowulf,” “9”) as Stayne-Knave of Hearts, and MATT LUCAS (“Little Britain”) as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

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Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, (c) 2010, Disney with courtesy of www.TheHollywoodSentinel.com

Expertly written by Linda Woolverton, the story and film of Alice In Wonderland is unique and necessary to the culture of our times, in that it expresses not only the importance of individuality, but also of the of the validity of children’s ideas, and the power of females self determinism, among much more. “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” is presented in regular cinema, as well as Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. Its tri-dimensional experience is a must see for film-goers. The following is a discussion with the films brilliant creator, Tim Burton.

An Interview with Tim Burton

Q. What attracted you to this story?

A. Tim Burton: In any fairy-tale land there is good and bad. What I liked about Underland is that everything is slightly off, even the good people. That, to me, is something different.

Q. What makes fairy tales, and Alice in Wonderland so enduring?

A. Tim Burton: It somehow taps a subconscious thing. That’s why all those great stories stay around because they tap into the things that people probably aren’t even aware of on a conscious level. There’s definitely something about those images. That’s why there have been so many versions of it. As a movie, it’s always been about a passive little girl wandering around a series of adventures with weird characters. There’s never any kind of gravity to it.

Q. Did you go for a literal interpretation of the story with the film?

A. Tim Burton: The attempt with this was to take the idea of those stories and shape them into something that’s not literal from the book but keeps the spirit of it.

Q. How did you decide to make the film in 3D?

A. Tim Burton: They gave me a script and they said 3D. And even before I read it. I thought that’s intriguing, and what I liked about Linda’s script was she made it a story, gave it a shape for a movie that’s not necessarily the book. So all those elements seemed good to me.

Q. Alice is depicted as more mature, at 19 in your film. What attracted you to that in the story?

A. Tim Burton: What I liked about this take on the story is Alice is at an age where you’re between a kid and an adult, when you’re crossing over as a person. A lot of young people with old souls aren’t so popular in their own culture and their own time. Alice is somebody who doesn’t quite fit into that Victorian structure and society. She’s more internal.

Q. Thank you.

A. Thanks.

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