Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton. The film stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, and Mia Wasikowska, and features the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, and Timothy Spall.
Loosely inspired by Lewis Carroll’s fantasy novels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and Walt Disney’s 1951 animated film of the same name, the film tells the story of a nineteen-year-old Alice Kingsleigh, who is told that she can restore the White Queen to her throne, with the help of the Mad Hatter. She is the only one who can slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon-like creature that is controlled by the Red Queen and terrorizes Underland’s inhabitants. In this situation, Alice fights against the Red Queen to protect the world.
- Starring : Johnny Depp / Anne Hathaway
- Genre : Adventure / Family / Fantasy
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Tim Burton
- Production : Walt Disney Pictures / Roth Films / Team Todd / The Zanuck Company / Tim Burton Productions
- Distributor : Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Audio Visual Entertainment / B&H Film Distribution / Forum Hungary / Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) / Walt Disney Studios / Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais / ABC Family / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / American Movie Classics (AMC) / BBC Three / BBC Two / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Film1 / Freeform / Nelonen / SBS6 / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / TNT / The Walt Disney Company / Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Alice in Wonderland movie
Alice in Wonderland release date
- February 25, 2010 : UK (London) (premiere)
- March 3, 2010 : Sweden
- March 4, 2010 : United Arab Emirates
- March 4, 2010 : Australia
- March 4, 2010 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- March 4, 2010 : Germany
- March 4, 2010 : Philippines
- March 4, 2010 : Singapore
- March 5, 2010 : Canada
- March 5, 2010 : UK
- March 5, 2010 : Ireland
- March 5, 2010 : USA
- March 12, 2010 : India
- March 17, 2010 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
- March 18, 2010 : Israel
- March 24, 2010 : France
- April 16, 2010 : Spain
- April 17, 2010 : Japan
- June 1, 2010 : Canada (DVD premiere)
- June 1, 2010 : USA (DVD premiere)
- June 4, 2010 : UK (DVD premiere)
- July 1, 2010 : Australia (DVD premiere)
- July 22, 2010 : Germany (DVD premiere)
- July 24, 2010 : France (DVD premiere)
Alice in Wonderland cast
- Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter
- Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh
- Helena Bonham Carter as Red Queen
- Anne Hathaway as White Queen
- Crispin Glover as Stayne – Knave of Hearts
- Matt Lucas as Tweedledee / Tweedledum
- Michael Sheen as White Rabbit(voice)
- Stephen Fry as Cheshire Cat(voice)
- Alan Rickman as Blue Caterpillar(voice)
- Barbara Windsor as Dormouse(voice)
- Paul Whitehouse as March Hare(voice)
- Timothy Spall as Bayard(voice)
- Marton Csokas as Charles Kingsleigh
- Tim Pigott-Smith as Lord Ascot
- John Surman as Colleague #1
The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and shot in the United Kingdom and the United States. The film premiered in London at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 25, 2010, and was released in Australia on March 4, 2010, and the following day in the United Kingdom and the United States through the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats as well as in conventional theaters. It is also the second-highest-grossing film of 2010.
Alice in Wonderland received mixed reviews upon release; although praised for its visual style and special effects, the film was criticized for its lack of narrative coherence and overuse of computer-generated imagery (CGI). The film received three nominations at the 68th Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. At the 83rd Academy Awards, Alice in Wonderland won Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design, and was also nominated for Best Visual Effects. The film generated over $1.025 billion in ticket sales and became the fifth highest-grossing film of all time during its theatrical run.
While not the first film in general, Alice in Wonderland started a trend of live-action fairy tale and fantasy films being green-lit, particularly from Walt Disney Studios.
A sequel, titled Alice Through the Looking Glass, was released on May 27, 2016, which received mainly negative reviews and made less at the box office.
In 1871, troubled by a strange recurring dream and mourning the loss of her father, 19-year-old Alice Kingsleigh attends a garden party at Lord Ascot’s estate. There, she is confronted with an unwanted marriage proposal by Lord Ascot’s son, Hamish, and the stifling expectations of the society in which she lives. Unsure of how to proceed, she pursues a rabbit wearing a blue waistcoat and carrying a pocketwatch and accidentally falls into a large rabbit hole under a tree. She enters a small door by drinking from a bottle labeled ‘Drink Me’ (called Pishsalver) and emerges to a forest in a magical place called Wonderland where she is greeted by a White Rabbit, a Dormouse, a Dodo, Talking Flowers, and identical twins named Tweedledee and Tweedledum who all apparently know her. Alice suggests that it is all a dream while the others argue over whether Alice is “the right Alice” who must slay the Red Queen’s Jabberwocky on Frabjous Day and restore the White Queen (who is the Red Queen’s sister) to power, as foretold by the Caterpillar and his Oraculum (a scroll-like calendar which tells Wonderland’s history and future). The group is then ambushed by a ravenous beast called a Bandersnatch and an army of playing-cards called Red Knights led by the Knave of Hearts (the Red Queen’s tall general and lover). Alice and the Tweedles escape into the woods. The Knave steals the Caterpillar’s Oraculum. The Dormouse leaves the others behind with one of the Bandersnatch’s eyes in her possession. The Tweedles are then captured by the Red Queen’s large Jubjub bird.
The Knave informs the Red Queen that Alice threatens her reign, which makes her order him, the Red Knights and a Bloodhound (who has a wife and children imprisoned) to find Alice immediately. Meanwhile, Alice enters the Tulgey Woods where she is greeted by a grinning vanishing Cheshire Cat who guides her to the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse’s tea party. The Hatter explains to Alice that he joined the resistance because the Red Queen destroyed his entire village and killed his family when she first ruled Wonderland. He later helps Alice to avoid capture by allowing himself to be seized instead. Later, Alice is found by the Bloodhound, but Alice insists upon helping the Hatter. At Salazen Grum castle, the Red Queen notices Alice when she ate Upelkuchen (a cake labeled ‘Eat Me’ which makes the consumer grow) during a game of Croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs, but is unaware of her true identity because Alice pretended to be called “Um” and therefore welcomes her as a guest. Alice learns that the vorpal sword, the only weapon capable of killing the Jabberwocky, is locked inside the den of the Bandersnatch. The Knave attempts to seduce Alice, but she rebuffs him, causing the jealous Red Queen demanding for Alice to be beheaded. Alice obtains the sword and befriends the Bandersnatch by returning its eye. She then escapes on the back of the grateful Bandersnatch and delivers the sword to the White Queen. The White Queen gives Alice a potion that returns her normal size and rewards her with a suit of armor when she battles the Jabberwocky. The Cheshire Cat saves the Mad Hatter from the executioner by disguising himself as him in exchange for borrowing his beloved hat. The Hatter calls for rebellion against the Red Queen, which all her subjects agree to by starting to shout out “Down with Bloody Big Head.” The rebellion is quickly put down when the Jubjub bird begins to kill every illoyal subject, but the resistance manages to free the Bloodhound’s family and flees to the White Queen’s castle; both armies prepare for battle on Frabjous Day. The Caterpillar finally gets Alice to remember that she has been to Wonderland when she was a little girl, and advises her to fight the Jabberwocky just before completing his transformation into a pupa.
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