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Running Time:
1 hour, 48 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is a wildly inventive, visually astonishing, occasionally frightening cinematic spectacle that will entertain all but the younger children.

Additional Info:
2 DISC DVD Features:
Disc 1: Wonderland characters; Finding Alice; The mad hatter; The futterwackken dance; The red queen; Time-lapse: sculpting the red queen; The white queen; Making Wonderland: Scoring wonderland; Effecting wonderland; Stunts of wonderland; Making the proper size; Cakes of wonderland; Tea party props;
Disc 2: The mad hatter; Finding Alice; Effecting wonderland.

Johnny Depp ... Mad Hatter
Mia Wasikowska ... Alice
Helena Bonham Carter ... Red Queen
Anne Hathaway ... White Queen
Crispin Glover ... Knave of Hearts
Stephen Fry ... Cheshire Cat
Michael Sheen ... White Rabbit
Alan Rickman ... Blue Caterpillar
Barbara Windsor ... Dormouse
Paul Whitehouse ... March Hare
Timothy Spall ... Bayard
Matt Lucas ... Tweedledee / Tweedledum

Alice in Wonderland

Video/DVD. Title: Alice in Wonderland This version of the famous Lewis Carroll book written in 1865 has been brought to you by Disney and director Tim Burton ("Edward Scissorhands"), who has adapted the famous children's classic and updated it so that the young heroine is now a beautiful 19-year-old bride-to-be. Alice (Mia Wasikowska "Amelia") is about to go into an arranged marriage with a priggish, Englishman named Hamish Ascot (Leo Bill "Me and Orson Welles"). With all the Victorian English formality and hypocrisy surrounding her, it's no wonder that the situation makes Alice more than delighted to fall down the rabbit hole, and for the second time, since she'd been there before, as a child.

Tim Burton's Wonderland is a gothic netherworld inhabited by shape-shifting and mildly threatening creatures. With the invitation from the very properly English White Rabbit (Michael Sheen "Frost/Nixon"), Alice soon meets some of her old friends, and some new ones, including, of course, the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp "Edward Scissorhands"), with his clown face, piercing eyes  and shock of orange hair, he seems genuinely deranged. Joining him in "underland" are the nonsensical twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee (both played by Matt Lucas "Shaun of the Dead"), plus the irrepressible Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry "Wilde") with his twirling head, the March Hare (Paul Whitehouse "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"), Absolem the Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman "Sweeney Todd"), the evil Knave Of Hearts (Crispin Glover "Beowulf"), Bayard the Bloodhound (Timothy Spall "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"), the nice but insecure White Queen (Anne Hathaway "Rachel Getting Married), and, most delightfully, the White Queen’s sister, the no-nonsense Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter "Sweeney Todd") who loses no opportunity to order "off with their heads," which is particularly ironic since her computer-enhanced head is twice as big as everyone else’s. 

Tim Burton's visual style in his version of Alice in Wonderland is somewhere between animation and live action. It was shot in 2D and converted to a brilliantly vivid 3D format that is both scary and ingenious. Composer Danny Elfman has written a dark, dramatic score that adds to a surprising sense of menace, especially in the film’s special effects-laden battle between our heroine and the vicious jabberwocky in the finale. This spectacular sequence, while impressively executed, is oddly the most ordinary thing in the film. All in all, this wildly inventive, visually astonishing, occasionally frightening cinematic spectacle will undoubtedly entertain the whole family, except for the youngest children who might be frightened by that gigantic monster, for years to come. Besides being enhanced by astonishing 3-D effects for an additional sense of wonderment.

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