Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved the magical land of Wonderland; the silliness, backwards and brilliantly colored world Alice happened upon after following that darn rabbit down a hole. It was the ’80s and when the made-for-TV two-part movie adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic aired her parents recorded it on their VHS player. She happened upon the tapes one day when she was in first grade and watched the second part of the movie Through the Looking Glass. It legitimately scared the crap out of her: the Jabberwocky, Carol Channing turning into a sheep, and poor Alice, having to work her way home through a giant chess board. But she kept watching it, over and over again.
Okay enough hokey talk. I’m that little girl and I totally love Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I could pick up a pencil and put my own thoughts down on paper so Carroll’s Wonderland, how it operates and how he describes everything, has always been fascinating to me. Through the Looking Glass is one of those books that’s so trippie! I can’t wait to see the new film which is based on the characters in Carroll’s novel, and looks like it doesn’t have much to do with the original novel. That doesn’t concern me at all, however, as the set design, costumers, and actors and actresses as well as the synopsis of the movie all look to be highly entertaining.
Here’s the official word from Disney:
In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.
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