Alice In Wonderland looks great. I love the feel and look of the rabbit hole. The setting feel really inspires the imagination and gets me excited about this film.
Story: 19 years old Alice attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. She runs off, following the White Rabbit ending up back in Wonderland, yet doesn't remember her visit. 10 years has passed, the Red Queen has overthrown her sister the White Queen. Now Alice must remember her earlier visit and help the creatures of Wonderland with a revolt.
Alice In Wonderland is scheduled to hit theaters March 5th 2009.
Exploring: Alice in Wonderland 2010
Exploring: Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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The Plot / Story:
This movie is a continuation of Alice’s adventures picking up 10 years after she has left Wonderland and forgotten the earlier visit. She returns and learns that she must help the inhabitants to slay the Jabberwocky, the dragon who terrorizes the inhabitants of Wonderland under the rule of the Red Queen. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
6out of 10
Overall Alice in Wonderland was good but not great. I would own it but not rush out to get it right away. It failed to live up to the expectations for a movie with such a gifted cast and director behind it.
Where was the wonderland in this movie? I got the feel that Tim Burton's heart was not in the movie. After all he gave us Batman, Beetle Juice and Nightmare Before Christmas all of which brought much wonder to the settings. Even the animated Disney film had much more wonder to it's Wonderland. I also had the strong feeling that this movie was focused grouped and polished too much. This one felt more like the Lion the Witch and Wonderland than and Alice in Wonderland story.
Overall Alice in Wonderland was not bad it just should have been much better. I will watch it again and look forward to seeing if there are missing scenes on the DVD. I wish they could go back and redo it, maybe give us a directors cut with feeling.
- The Music was great
- had some beautiful scenes
- the Cheshire cat, Jabberwocky, red and white queen, all looked good
- Jonny Depp’s Mad Hatter coming across more like his Captain Jack character: Through out most of the movie he played a brilliant Mad Hatter. Although he did seem more like captain jack in the tea party scene this may also have been the influence from the 3D effects.
- Tim Burton's heart was not in the film, it should have been creepier, weirder and more bizarre
- had a focused group feel, too shiny
- Anne Hathaway seemed unrehearsed and ill prepared which was odd for the character who would have been overly rehearsed and overly prepared
- The ending seemed like so much claptrap, have we forgotten how to end the film. Alice came off totally unhinged why would I trust her as a business partner
Under Tim Burton’s direction I expect Alice in Wonderland to be a dark and strange trip down the rabbit hole. The music should also be very good under Danny Elfman’s direction. The cast involved in the project is stellar though there is concern over Jonny Depp’s Mad Hatter coming across more like his Captain Jack character. The problem I’ve had so far is how some of the characters look from the posters and trailers, especially the Cheshire Cat who is my favorite character. I expect some of this is due to Disney’s push to make this a 3D movie. The pros outweigh the con’s so Alice in Wonderland is still a theater for me.
- Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
- Director: Tim Burton
- Music by: Danny Elfman
- Produced by: Richard D. Zanuck, Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd
- Written by: Linda Woolverton
- Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry
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Watch the First Alice In Wonderland Movie
Check out the first Alice in Wonderland movie made in 1903. What is really neat is that the film was made 37 years after Lewis Carrol wrote his novel. The full length of the movie was 12 minutes which 8 of them were able to be saved by the BFI National Archive. Enjoy the movie!
It’s amazing to think the effects of Alice shrinking and growing is one of the earliest movie effects. It looks really neat. The cat that they got for the Cheshire cat looks good and so content, if only my dog would be so cooperative for filming.
Theater or Renter: March 2010
Theater or Renter: March includes three SF movies Alice in Wonderland, Repo Men, and How to Train Your Dragon. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
Alice in Wonderland:
Release Date: MARCH 5th
Listed as: Fantasy
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Tim Burton
Music by: Danny Elfman
Produced by: Richard D. Zanuck, Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd
Written by: Linda Woolverton
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry
The Plot / Story: This movie is a continuation of Alice’s adventures picking up 10 years after she has left Wonderland and forgotten the earlier visit. She returns and learns that she must help the inhabitants to slay the Jabberwocky, the dragon who terrorizes the inhabitants of Wonderland under the rule of the Red Queen. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Comment: Under Tim Burton’s direction I expect Alice in Wonderland to be a dark and strange trip down the rabbit hole. The music should also be very good under Danny Elfman's direction. The cast involved in the project is stellar though there is concern over Jonny Depp’s Mad Hatter coming across more like his Captain Jack character. The problem I've had so far is how some of the characters look from the posters and trailers, especially the Cheshire Cat who is my favorite character. I expect some of this is due to Disney's push to make this a 3D movie. The pros outweigh the con's so Alice in Wonderland is still a theater for me.
Release Date: MARCH 19th
Listed as: science fiction, action, thriller
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Produced by: Scott Stuber
Written by: Eric Garcia, Garrett Lerner
Stars: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schrieber, Alice Braga, Carice van Houten, Chandler Canterbury
The Plot / Story: In a future where artificial organs are readily available for purchase, just don’t default or they will repo them. One of the best repo men finds himself outfitted with a new heart, then forced to go on the run when he falls on hard financial times. Based on a novel by Eric Garcia of the same name. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Comment: The what if sets this movie in a world that I don't want any part of and believe we would never have, though with our nation moving towards fascism it may not be as far off. It also fails to be pitch it's self as a warning tale. The trailer bored me. I like Jude Law and Forest Whitaker but it's just not enough putting Repo Men into the Not Interested category.
Update: I still hold fast to my opinion about Repo Men but Bob the Elementalist, Eric and I did get into a fun conversation on genetic manipulation during witch we realized there could, with our current laws, be a situation where the genetic additions to a person would be copy written by the corporation and they could end up repossessing those additions.
How to Train Your Dragon:
Release Date: MARCH 26th
Listed as: Fantasy
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Director: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Produced by: Bonnie Arnold, Michael Connolly, Tim Johnson
Written by: Adam F. Goldberg, Peter Tolan, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Stars: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson
The Plot / Story: Young Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is sent to the Isle of Berk in the North Sea, where he is to subdue a dragon as a rite of passage. Based on the book How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
- Another trailer for How To Train Your Dragon.
Comment: The movie has an interesting premise but I'm concerned that it may be too kidsy and not a family movie. I'm still having difficulty with the look of the dragons which I hope will be fixed once I'm fully into the movie and watching it on a big screen rather then just getting little glimpses from a trailer. How to Train Your Dragon is still on the fence between theater and renter though I'm now leaning towards theater.
SF News Bites: V Cast, Hobbit Delay, Alice In Wonderland Character Posters
“V” Adds Three Cast Members:
- Nicholas Lea will play Erica’s ex-husband for a two-part arc.
- Charles Mesure has a recurring role as mercenary Kyle Hobbes. He is an in-demand black ops expert who forms an unlikely alliance with the resistance.
- Lexa Doig as Dr. Leah Pearlman. Dr. Pearlman is an OB/GYN treating Valerie Stevens who discovered she was pregnant.(via Slice of SciFi)
First of the Hobbit Movie probably won't be out until fourth quarter of 2012 (via /Film)
Alice In Wonderland Character Posters
Alice in Wonderland: Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit character posters (via /Film)
Second Life Amusement Parks: Alice in Wonderland Ride
There is much more to the 3D social network Second Life than fun and games. You can network with writers, poets, actors, musicians, and artists at places like Quills (pictured here). You can visit foreign countries and learn new languages by speaking to those with a true native tongue. You can attend live concerts, workshops, readings, and plays. You can even join role playing games and become a vampire, werewolf, mage, or Hogwarts student.
But what if you’re just looking for some fun wind-down time? Well, they have that too. Recently I’ve been checking out the amusement park rides on Second Life. Yes, you heard me. If you haven’t got the time or money to pop over to Disneyland in real life, you can spend a few hours at these wonderful builds on Second Life. Every bit as realistic and awesome as the real rides, without the waiting in line!
My favorite ride so far is the Alice in Wonderland ride at Kleio Island Amusement Park. According to the signs posted in front of the ride, this massive dark ride took six months to develop. These screen shots show you just some of the great artwork and structure building this project encompasses. Add to this the sound clips and environmental perks and you have an excellent experience that you can ride any day of the week for as many times as you like with no waiting!
The ride gondola is very cute and set to theme. It starts out as a black and white checked car and changes colors as you ride. The seats are made of playing cards and the four corners of the vehicle are capped in chess pieces. All this gets you in the mood to take a ride into Lewis Carroll’s fantasy.
First the ride takes you through the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Then you get to ride by the Queen of Hearts and her King.
The high build shows you a view of the entire amusement park as it brings you through the Jabberwocky section.
Then you spiral down through the black and white tunnel into the end of the ride, where you can ride it all again.
Kleio Amusement Park offers all sorts of carnival rides such as a ferris wheel, jumbo slide, and this merry-go-round where you can ride crystal horses through the snow.
Rides and extras on this land such as cotton candy and tea party venues, are mostly free. Some cost a minimal amount, but you can choose to buy or go on to the next event. The Alice ride is free, but if you’d like to leave a donation to those excellent creators of this fun ride, they have a tip cup near the entrance.
To get to Kleio Amusement Park, join Second Life for free and then click this landmark below: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kleio/61/92/22
Art direction and structure creation of Alice in Wonderland ride by Atom Burma Scripted motion by Jay Karlfeldt Sculpted characters by Kanic Huldschinsky Narration of The Jabberwocky by Roxxy Rhode