‘Alice in Wonderland’ teaser trailer

Posted by · 11:49 am · July 22nd, 2009

As someone who is both fanatical about Lewis Carroll and agnostic on Tim Burton, I’ve been a little wary about this project from the outset. Burton and his team have given something of a CGI Gothic distortion to John Tenniel’s immortal illustrations — I don’t know how I feel about it, but suffice to say we can probably fill some 2010 Oscar slots in the design races.

I am concerned, however, about the solo star billing of Johnny Depp, and his first-person narration — this story shouldn’t be The Mad Hatter Show. Thanks to Cinematical for the heads-up:

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  • 1 7-22-2009 at 12:09 pm

    david said...

    I like the trailer. If nothing else, it will probably be the best looking Alice in Wonderland ever put on screen. I have a feeling that Carroll diehards might take some exception with Burton’s approach to the material, but that would be probably be the case, no matter who was at the directing helm. Seeing that Depp is playing the Mad Hatter, I wouldn’t mind his character having a larger role in this film then in some of the previous versions.

  • 2 7-22-2009 at 12:31 pm

    Johansson said...

    Don´t get me wrong. I love Tim Burton, bit I wonder if he ever will make a “serious” drama or thriller movie? Maybe its not his style..but it would be interesting

  • 3 7-22-2009 at 12:33 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    You’ve got to be kidding me? Burton’s films used to have a lot of charm and it all came from the ingenuity of the effects and design. All I see here is wretched CGI. And is the guy trying to have a monopoly on awful remakes?

  • 4 7-22-2009 at 12:50 pm

    David said...

    I’m sort of “Meh”. Maybe it needs a second viewing… but the effects don’t look great and the lone-billing of Johnny Depp, although I know it’s for his obsessive fans, just doesn’t seem right. I was hoping for something darker. See Jan Svankmajer’s Neco z Alenky if you ever get the chance. Great stuff.

  • 5 7-22-2009 at 12:56 pm

    James D. said...

    Is Tim Burton done as a relevant filmmaker?

  • 6 7-22-2009 at 1:02 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Tim Burton was done as a relevant filmmaker over a decade ago.

  • 7 7-22-2009 at 1:06 pm

    Mr. F said...

    I liked it. It is only a teaser, so it doesn’t (hopefully) represent the final product. It is still one of my most anticipated of 2010

  • 8 7-22-2009 at 1:09 pm

    Marshall said...

    So much for the Facebook contest…

  • 9 7-22-2009 at 1:11 pm

    Michael said...

    I second the Jan Svankmejar suggestion, I highly highly recommend that film.

    I think I like some of the sets and costumes but the CG in this film is really cold looking, even for Tim Burton. I really wish Tim Burton would make another film like Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, or even Sleepy Hollow again and stop catering to the Disney machine.

  • 10 7-22-2009 at 1:12 pm

    Mike_M said...

    On the fence about this one, I am also agnostic on Burton, I did love Sweeney Todd though

  • 11 7-22-2009 at 1:15 pm

    Anastasia said...

    Tim Burton likes Johnny ’cause he takes direction flawlessly. That’s why he’s in ,like, 4 of his movies. Tim Burtin’s movies are amazing every time because he doesn’t take anything seriously. It’s about the fantasy. Nothing else. That’s what “Alice in Wonderland” is about.

  • 12 7-22-2009 at 1:19 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’ll third the Svankmajer endorsement, but I’m still not sure Carroll’s work particularly benefits from being filmed at all — his own story world is so complete and immersive, it’s hard to build on it.

    “Dreamchild” is, for my money, a more satisfying film than any straight adaptation they’ve attempted.

  • 13 7-22-2009 at 1:21 pm

    Diego said...

    I like the teaser, and y think it`s Oscar material.

  • 14 7-22-2009 at 1:41 pm

    Pablo (Col) said...

    Awful remakes ? No drama ? I think some people here need to see more of Tim Burton…

    The trailer is not amazing and is obviously Depp centered. But he is the most well known star of this movie so it’s pretty obvious the marketing will support on him.

    The real problem is that people are to used to the other adaptations. Let’s just wait to see what Burton really brings to us.

  • 15 7-22-2009 at 1:48 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I must say, a second, less rushed viewing of this on a proper screen has raised concerns about the CGI to me — it does look a tad plasticky.

    And Pablo, I realise that Depp is the biggest name here, but solo star billing still seems weird to me.

  • 16 7-22-2009 at 1:56 pm

    Christian said...

    Not entirely sure about this one yet. I’ve never been a big Tim Burton fan, but I’ve always enjoyed the story of Alice in Wonderland. I’ll probably see this film regardless, but this trailer has failed to heighten my anticipation for it. I do agree with others, the CGI looks pretty fake, even by today’s standards.

  • 17 7-22-2009 at 2:07 pm

    david said...

    Guy…I think Sweeney Todd was remarkable on so many levels, and Big Fish was a jewel in it’s own right. The Corpse Bride was lovely as well.
    Not sure where all this Burton bashing is coming from. Yes, I did see Svankmajer’s ALICE, and it left me completely cold, though I admired it’s artistry.

    I guess you either love Burton’s style or you don’t, but to say he’s stopped being relevant couldn’t be more false. Like most visionary filmmakers he will always have his legions of fans, and his detractors.

    There seems to be a backlash right now among some, of CGI in general. Some people just find it too artifical feeling and can’t connect with it, while others can’t get enough of it. Burton seems to fit into the latter category, so if you dislike CGI, his work may not be your cup of tea.

  • 18 7-22-2009 at 2:12 pm

    Georgie said...

    I wouldn’t call myself a Tim Burton fanatic but I did love Sweeney Todd and Corpse Bride. And seeing as most of the actors he favors I tend to like anyway [Depp, Bonham Carter, Rickman] I don’t mind that he casts them as everything.

    This got me really excited. I mean HBC, Rickman and Anne Hathaway in one film? I’m already there.

  • 19 7-22-2009 at 2:33 pm

    R.J. said...

    I’m sorry to say this, because I am a fan of Tim Burton, but the more I see of the film the more underwhelmed I am. I should be over-the-moon, the cast is excellent and the story seems tailor-made for a visionary like Burton, and yet nothing that I have seen has really excited me.

  • 20 7-22-2009 at 3:00 pm

    andrew said...

    In my mind, Burton has only given two films leaving me cold, and one leaving me indifferent. Mars Attacks, Planet of the Apes and CATCF. I’ll be guarded when I see Alice but I think it’s harsh to deem him irrelevant now. Especially when Big Fish, Corpse Bride, and Sweeney Todd were all in my top ten for their respective release years.

  • 21 7-22-2009 at 3:14 pm

    James D. said...

    You didn’t like Big Fish, Guy?

  • 22 7-22-2009 at 3:42 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I HATE “Big Fish.” Suffocatingly twee and emotionally programmed, in my opinion. Sorry.

    On the other hand, “Mars Attacks!” is my favorite Tim Burton film, so I’m really not in step with his fans.

  • 23 7-22-2009 at 4:40 pm

    BobMcBob said...

    When is a Quicktime HD trailer going to be available?

    That’s the only format I watch trailers in at home.

  • 24 7-22-2009 at 4:50 pm

    Douglas said...

    The video has been removed.
    Does anyone know where I can view it?
    I can’t find it anywhere.

  • 25 7-22-2009 at 5:06 pm

    entertainmenttoday.. said...

    here’s a working link


  • 26 7-22-2009 at 5:34 pm

    j said...

    Just search Youtube; like w/anything popular enough people will put up that at any particular time there will be a few unblocked ones.

    #1 topic on Twitter. Hmm, this is from the writer of Beauty & the Beast and Lion King; that bodes well. Did anyone notice that when Alice shrank her dress seems to have gotten sluttier? How old is this Alice supposed to be?

  • 27 7-22-2009 at 5:47 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***When is a Quicktime HD trailer going to be available?

    That’s the only format I watch trailers in at home.***

    APPLAUSE. Same here. Refuse to watch anything else.

  • 28 7-22-2009 at 6:16 pm

    R.J. said...

    J., I have read reports stating that Alice was 17 and others stating that she was 19.

  • 29 7-22-2009 at 6:51 pm

    j said...

    Oh, I just read the script. Official synopsis says 19.

    Generally…not as good as Beauty or King, but those did have musical numbers. And true love. I’m not one to care too much about special effects either. Still, the script isn’t bad, just…not that special.

  • 30 7-22-2009 at 8:18 pm

    leocdc said...

    What do you like about Mars Attack, Guy??
    Big Fish is as great, emotional, creative as a movie can become (the 3 in one movie I must say). I just love it. Also Ed Wood is an incredible movie, with suberb performances and a beautiful cinematography and funny and cute history to tell.

  • 31 7-22-2009 at 9:29 pm

    Glenn said...

    I agree that “Mars Attacks” is fantastic. Definitely a one-of-a-kind twist on such a ubiquitous genre.

    In regards to “Alice”. Eh. Looks alright. The Johnny Depp sole-credited was indeed weird and worrying. I’m thinking Mia Wasikowska will be fantastic though.