Burton’s ‘Alice’ goes emo

Posted by · 10:31 am · January 13th, 2010

Mia Wasikowska in Alice in Wonderland

[UPDATE: Commenter Aspect Ratio reassures the pop-phobic that only Avril Lavigne’s contribution will feature in-film (and over credits). Otherwise, it’s Danny Elfman business as usual.]

File this under film news I didn’t see coming: Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus are collaborating to write music for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which opens Stateside in March. Wentz told MTV News:

We did a song for ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ [and we] might do a few more depending on when [Mark] goes in with Blink. [It] sounds nothing like Blink or Fall Out Boy. Mark understands songwriting on a completely different level. It’s awesome to have a chance to sit in a room with him and watch him work out a melody.

The less it sounds like either artist’s band the better, as far as I’m concerned. The “Alice in Wonderland” soundtrack will also feature new tracks from the likes of All Time Low and Avril Lavigne, as well as (slightly more my speed, this) Robert Smith and Franz Ferdinand. Cinema Blend’s Katey Rich has a full listing here.

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  • 1 1-13-2010 at 10:46 am

    aaron said...

    owl city will also be on it.

    yes. owl city.

  • 2 1-13-2010 at 10:48 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    i like owl city….(ducks)
    well its certainly a new approach for burton, could be good
    is danny elfman doing the score?

  • 3 1-13-2010 at 10:49 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    dude. Blink-182 is amazing

  • 4 1-13-2010 at 10:50 am

    aspect ratio said...

    I read about the soundtrack yesterday and was about to have a fit but then announcement thankfully noted that while a song by Avril Lavigne would play in the end credits, none of the other songs would feature in the film. It’ll strictly be a tie-in “inspired by” soundtrack, and the film itself will only feature Danny Elfman’s score, which will be released separately.

  • 5 1-13-2010 at 10:54 am

    Speaking English said...

    Yeah, Blink-182 is/was pretty awesome.

  • 6 1-13-2010 at 10:56 am

    Andrew R. said...

    I don’t think there’s nothing to worry about, didn’t the Nightmare Before Christmas have like covers by bands from She Wants Revenge to Panic at the Disco?

    Also, I can’t help but feel like this post is a bit too snarky for my taste, we don’t even know what the songs sound like, and people are already being so disdainful.

  • 7 1-13-2010 at 11:00 am

    the other mike said...

    great points Andrew R, is this a film blog or Pitchfork with its snooty music hipsters?

  • 8 1-13-2010 at 11:01 am

    James D. said...

    Last time I checked, both were not very good at their instruments. Luckily, Burton has been awful since Big Fish, so I wouldn’t go to see this anyway.

  • 9 1-13-2010 at 11:10 am

    aspect ratio said...

    I should add that the article I read was from /Film:


  • 10 1-13-2010 at 11:11 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    be nice to kris guys, or dont read here, their “emo” bands in our popular culture, doesnt mean it cant be awesome or awful..

  • 11 1-13-2010 at 11:11 am

    Maxim said...

    Yes, the Bonus disk for the NBC score re-release did feature Fall-Out Boy’s mediocre rendering of “What’s This?”. I really don’t like their sound at all.

    (I do sort of like Franz Ferdinand though).

    In any case, it really does begin to sound more and more like a Disney project which, in turn, makes me nostalgic for Oingo Boingo.

    Oh well, in any case it is because of Crispin Glover’s involvement that I will be skipping this one, not the soundtrack.

  • 12 1-13-2010 at 11:14 am

    david said...

    James D.

    In my opinion Sweeney Todd was fucking amazing on so many different levels. Depp was at the top of his game garnering a Best Actor nomination in the most gutsy performance of his career, and the Oscar winning Art Direction was stunning. Not to mention the wonderful songs of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, and Burton’s uncanny eye for detail, and expressing narrative through visuals approach. It’s my favorite musical of the decade, and Burton’s masterpiece. I don’t think he will ever come close to topping it.

  • 13 1-13-2010 at 11:21 am

    aaron said...

    “great points Andrew R, is this a film blog or Pitchfork with its snooty music hipsters?”

    whoa, i’ve been called out. damn. now if you’ll excuse me, i have to go listen to the new vampire weekend album and pat myself on the back for being so awesome.

  • 14 1-13-2010 at 11:24 am

    Megan said...

    I think the last good thing Burton did was Sweeney Todd.

    I feel like from the beginning this movie looks like a dozen kinds of ass, but we’ll see.

    I also believe that Johnny Depp should just embrace the fact that he’s a fantastic-looking 46-year-old man, and should stop trying to cover it up to look like a European circus clown.

  • 15 1-13-2010 at 11:33 am

    Mike_M said...

    Saw this soundtrack list yesterday and man it looks like a complete piece of crap sans Wolfmother and Grace Potter…

  • 16 1-13-2010 at 11:53 am

    aspect ratio said...

    It’s hardly surprising to see Disney try and cater to the same teen girl crowd that has made the Twilight films (who also had similar style soundtracks released along with them) such a huge success. It’s hardly the first time there’s been this sort of “Inspired by” tie-in, and frankly I don’t care if there is as long as it’s not something that is forced upon Tim Burton’s artistic vision, which thankfully doesn’t seem to be the case here.

  • 17 1-13-2010 at 11:58 am

    Mike_M said...

    Just found a clip that features some of Elfman’s score, which sounds pretty cool: http://soundtrackfans.ning.com/video/video/show?id=2350108%3AVideo%3A18923

    Should be another interesting Burton/Elfman pairing…

  • 18 1-13-2010 at 12:05 pm

    Megan said...

    I just hope that what we get from Danny Elfman is something fresh. He’s a great composer (anyone who can write a theme song like the one for The Simpsons is A-OK in my book), but when it comes to his Burton collaborations, his ghostly choir of cherubs all starts to sound the same after awhile. Except for Charlie. That was some insanity.

  • 19 1-13-2010 at 12:44 pm

    Matt said...

    Since when is Blink 182 remotely emo? If you don’t know your music then keep your mouth shut.

  • 20 1-13-2010 at 12:50 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Okay, so I liked the headline and put Wentz at the front of my mind. Apologies.

    Charming as ever, Matt.

  • 21 1-13-2010 at 1:14 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    @Megan: It’s a good thing you consider Sweeney Todd the “last good thing Burton did.” It also happens to be the last thing Burton did, period–Alice in Wonderland is his first film that he’s directed since Sweeney Todd.

    @Matt: I agree that blink-182 (and even Fall Out Boy to an extent) is more pop-punk than emo, but the words are interchangeable these days, so let’s not begrudge Guy that. That’s like crying “How dare you call SunnO))) sludge-metal. They are very clearly doom-metal! If you don’t know the difference, you just need to kill yourself right now!”

    To be fair, this film has been “going emo” since frame one. That is the film’s target audience. And that’s showbiz, kid.

  • 22 1-13-2010 at 1:53 pm

    Megan said...

    “@Megan: It’s a good thing you consider Sweeney Todd the “last good thing Burton did.” It also happens to be the last thing Burton did, period–Alice in Wonderland is his first film that he’s directed since Sweeney Todd.”

    Adam, I’m fully aware of Burton’s catalogue of work. Maybe it would’ve been better if I said “One of the better things he’s recently done. ” Because I thought Corpse Bride, Charlie, and Big Fish were some of his less inspired efforts.

    And this film doesn’t look any better. But of course I could be wrong.

    Does anyone remember goths? When I was in grade school, it was the goths; now it’s the emos.

    This reminds me of a particularly hilarious South Park episode. Burnin’ down the Hot Topic….

  • 23 1-13-2010 at 6:09 pm

    Evan said...

    Blink 182 is awful, and this is awful news. Nothing good can come of this.

  • 24 1-13-2010 at 9:12 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    @Megan: They both shop at Hot Topic and mope all the time. Why are we splitting hairs?

  • 25 1-14-2010 at 6:38 am

    Sawyer said...

    I’ve always been a Burton fan, but I’m getting a little tired of seeing him put his “spin” on gothic classics. So far this decade we’ve been treated to his remakes of Planet of the Apes and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, his production of the hit musical Sweeney Todd, and now Alice. Has T.B. run out of new ideas? Are we going to get a Tim Burton Wizard of Oz next?

  • 26 1-14-2010 at 7:57 am

    Megan said...

    “@Megan: They both shop at Hot Topic and mope all the time. Why are we splitting hairs?”

    Hahaha. I don’t know….I really don’t.

    I think the goths were more into the pasty makeup; emo’s like the bad mop haircuts and skinny jeans.

  • 27 1-14-2010 at 10:22 am

    The Other James D. said...

    There’s a Facebook group I joined a while back that perfectly sums up my feelings on modern Burton: “Yes, I saw Sweeney Todd, and I too wanted to slit my throat.”

  • 28 1-14-2010 at 10:25 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Also, if you like Owl City, you check out The Postal Service, as he is essentially The Postal Splenda.

  • 29 1-14-2010 at 10:25 am

    The Other James D. said...


  • 30 1-14-2010 at 1:20 pm

    Sawyer said...

    Agreed James. The first time I heard Fireflies, I thought, “This Postal Service song isn’t as good as their others.”

  • 31 1-14-2010 at 2:33 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Same! Man, I really wish they’d do a second album =\. I love their music–“Such Great Heights” and “Clark Gable” are two of the best songs of the past decade. (“Nothing Better” and “Sleeping In” are win, too.)

    Also, “We Will Become Silhouettes”, but actually I prefer The Shins’ cover version. Have you heard it? Probably my favorite cover ever *addicted*.

  • 32 6-19-2010 at 5:24 am

    George Q. said...

    Really nice post, waiting for more