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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)

Review

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.

Likes

  • The Music was great
  • had some beautiful scenes
  • the Cheshire cat, Jabberwocky, red and white queen, all looked good

Concerns Addressed

  • 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

Trailer

First Impressions

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.

The Basics

  • 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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Manga Review: Alice in the Country of Hearts by Quinrose

Alert: Herbivores beware, rabbit discrimination! Warn your kits!

“These aren’t rabbit ears! They’re just long! I swear I am not a rabbit. I eat carrot cookies, cake, and tea. I like stuff made from carrots but I could never eat a carrot straight, so I’m obviously NOT a rabbit.”

How dare Alice, group people together based on the size of their ears! This is just one of the amusing quips in an awesome new manga series Alice in the Country of Hearts by Quinrose.

The first thing that drew me to these beautiful books was the art. Illustrated by Soumei Hoshino, the detailed display of clocks, sweets, architecture, and fashion is phenomenal.

I think any Alice lover will enjoy the new twists on our most beloved story. First, Alice is not the Alice we know. Instead of being curious and following the white rabbit, he tricks her into falling down the hole and then traps her in wonderland by force-feeding her a potion through a kiss. She finds herself in a land where everyone has a clock for a heart and they are fighting a war based on reincarnation. The characters are so detailed and interesting, I’m not even sure I can pick my favorite one.

Our favorite Mad Hatter in this book is Blood Dupre, a Mafia Don who leads The Hatters in war against the other factions. He is a gothic dandy, more interested in seducing Alice than the battle at hand. In his posse are two young boys dressed in fashionable military outfits and a non-rabbit enforcer named Elliot March. Something this author picked up on from the Lewis Carroll book, that I never thought of was the possibility of the White Rabbit and the March Hare fighting. I found this storyline beyond amusing.

Another sect of Wonderland is the Amusement Park District where Alice can enjoy all the normal sort of rides while being shuffled around the place by overly peppy park attendants. The owner of the park is Mary Gowland, an older hippie man who takes to drastic mood swings and plays the violin very badly. Gowland and Dupre are in a war because Dupre makes fun of his name, which when said in such a way, sounds like Merry Go Round. The fights between Gowland and Dupre are fun to read. Gowland can turn his violin into a gun and Dupre doesn’t even flinch when his hat gets shot off.

Boris Airay plays the part of the Cheshire cat.  A cosplay kitty boy who loves to get in scrapes. He is often found by Alice, in the woods, sometimes nude, with horrible injuries that heal when he licks them.

The Queen of Hearts is pretty much the same as in the original Alice story so far, not much is known about her yet. The caterpillar is Nightmare, a handsome, eye-patched man dressed in elegant blacks. He mainly just gives more info to Alice, explaining terms the wonderland folk use and adding a sense of foreboding as he hints at dangers unseen.

Two new characters to the Alice tale are perhaps the most interesting. Julius Monrey is in charge of the Clock Tower Plaza, a neutral zone in wonderland and the place where all clock hearts are repaired. Ace is a knight from Heart Castle that helps Julius recover the hearts when someone is killed. He seems a double agent, but can’t navigate to save his life. Not too smart, you might think he would fall prey to the Hatters, but he is a pro at sword fighting so that keeps him safe.

Even though this is a manga about the cheery, happy world of wonderland, the author keeps that sinister air about it so that you are just as curious and frightened as Alice. The most chilling part of this retelling is the connection between the shadow people and the servants with no face. I’ll let you unravel that one on your own.

I’m excited to tell you that the third book in the series is coming out on June 1st, just in time for my birthday! Volume four should release in August.

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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.

Repo Men:

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)

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.


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SF News Bites: V Cast, Hobbit Delay, Alice In Wonderland Character Posters

V Cast

“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)

Hobbit Delay

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)

Tim Burton Talks About Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton answered several questions in a Sci Fi Wire interview, watch above.  With 1:08 left they ask him about Alice In Wonderland.

I found his answers somewhat helpful in understanding where he is taking this version of Alice in Wonderland.

  • He is going for a more character focus
  • a less passive Alice stumbling through her environment

Manga Review: Eternal Alice Rondo by Kaishaku

eteralicerondWhat first caught my eye with Key Princess Story: Eternal Alice Rondo was the black and white diamond pattern on the back cover. The golden filigree border and picture of an Alice-like anime girl with rabbit ears on the front furthered my interest. However, I have to say, as an avid key collector, that the title Key Princess Story sealed the deal. Story / Plot: Young Aruto Kirihara is a student who is writing an Alice story sequel. He is so in love with Alice, it’s practically all he can think about. One night as he's sitting at his desk, he sees a bunny girl fall from the sky. He follows her to a library where he learns there are a band of girls searching for the “Never-ending Alice” story. These doll-like beauties fight with giant sword keys. When the key is thrust into the middle of these girls, their story flies out in pages to be collected in a book. Eventually, the pages (they think) will lead them to the “Never-ending Alice”. Not only are they fighting against themselves, but they have a common enemy who fights with a giant match sword and attempts to burn girl pages as well as any books in sight.

Warning:  Those of you buying for your young family members, this book has a 15+ warning. There are several breast shots and for such an innocent story of girls trying to find an everlasting Alice in Wonderland story, this manga has some sexual themes that are not entirely comfortable. Aruto is seduced by the rabbit girl, his teacher, and his younger sister who reminds him that they used to bathe together. In the back, there is a page on Lewis Carroll, the original author of Alice in Wonderland. It explains how the manga does not mention him because of his alleged pedophile tendencies, yet this manga tale has pedophile and incestuous themes itself. Is this a contradiction the author did not realize, or is it on purpose?

Whatever the case, I still enjoyed this tale and would read more. The art tends to be bubbly and Sailor Moonish, but the backgrounds and buildings are very detailed. The artistic feeling of the book is old English with dusty libraries, three story estates, and rooftops that would make the chimney sweeps in Mary Poppins jealous. Chibi content is average.

Extras you will find in this volume:

  • Full glossy pic in front.
  • Lewis Carroll info page.
  • Preview of the next volume.
  • Manga reader/honorific guide.

To read more about Eternal Alice Rondo and the Key Princess Stories:

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Trailer: Alice In Wonderland

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.