In the Theatres and Down the Rabbit Hole…

Carole McFaddan

First thing’s first, “Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk?” Make sure to get out to see Alice in Wonderland to find out the answer to this riddle!

Alice in Wonderland is a novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under pseudonym Lewis Carroll in 1865.

Alice’s [Adventures] in Wonderland is a novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under pseudonym Lewis Carroll in 1865. The popular story is about a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world of anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic in ways that has given the story lasting popularity with adults as well as children.

Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland is a fantasy adventure film written by Linda Woolverton. The movie stars an eccentric cast, including Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, and Stephen Fry.

In the film, Alice is now 19 and accidentally returns to Wonderland. She is told that she is the only one that can slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon controlled by the Red Queen.

Burton doesn’t see this as a sequel to previous films or as a re-imagining; he believes the original Wonderland was only about a girl wandering around from one character to another without an emotional connection. Burton wanted to make his feel more like a story than a series of events. The film uses a technique of combining live action and animation into unusual graphic scenes.

Alice in Wonderland will open to more than $100 million in the U.S. and Canada alone after audiences packed theaters on its opening Friday. The 3-D adaptation of the classic fairy tale sold approximately $41 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada on Friday according to distributor and financier Walt Disney Studios. Assuming the film follows the path of a normal PG-rated Disney-family movie, it should collect about $110 million this weekend. With this goal in sight it will reach the second-highest opening ever outside of summer, (not accounting price inflation) after November’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Altogether, whether you’re a nonsensical fan, Johnny Depp fan, a Tim Burton fan, or an Alice in Wonderland fan, this film is a must see: but save your bucks and skip the expensive 3-D option. The only thing worth seeing was the Cheshire Cat (he’s my favorite) and very few others.