Alice in Wonderland


Alice in Wonderland will inspire many costumes this year for Hallloween.  The story of Alice, the little girl who falls through the looking glass and into a fantasy world filled with strange creatures who lead her on all sorts of crazy adventures, is one of the most popular tales in history.  Author Lewis Carroll , whose real name was Reverend Charles Dodgson, didn’t publish the story until years after it was told. He originally created the story for Alice Liddell, the 10 year old daughter of a friend of his, Henry Liddell, who was the Vice Chancellor of Oxford and the Dean of Christ Church. Carroll originally made up the story in one sitting, on a boat trip where Alice Liddell and her two sisters were bored and restless. He made up the story to amuse them, and eventually wrote it down because Alice kept begging him to write it out for her. The story featured people and places familiar to the two girls but twisted into fantasy representations where both the locations and the people were caricatures of the originals.

Alice’s adventures continue to captivate generation after generation of children because they appeal to children on a very visceral level. Children love adventure, they love to be surprised, and they love to use their imaginations.  Dodgson’s tale of the magical places that Alice visits, and her interactions with such remarkable characters as the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and the White Rabbit are all very plausible in a child’s imagination. Giving animals human qualities is also something that comes very naturally to children so they can accept without question the very human personalities of animals like the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, and the Dormouse.

Many different interpretations of the story of Alice in Wonderland have come to life on film and through television through the years.  Each different interpretation adds another layer of personality and imagination to the Alice story. But the 2010 film version of Alice in Wonderland by director Tim Burton is one of the most anticipated versions of the Alice story that has ever existed. Fans of Tim Burton’s work on cult classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Sleepy Hollow have been waiting for a long time to see what type of Wonderland Tim Burton would create.

Tim Burton’s Alice story is actually a sequel to the original. A grown up Alice in Victorian England is about to be proposed to by someone she doesn’t want to marry. When she finds out about the impending proposal she runs off, and follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole, which plunges her back into Wonderland. She has no memory of her adventures in Wonderland at first, but comes to remember her friends as she battles to save Wonderland from the evil Red Queen, played by Helena Bonham Carter.

The casting of Tim Burton’s Alice tale is what sets it apart from other interpretations of this beloved fairy tale.  Audiences everywhere were thrilled with Burton’s casting of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar, and Sir Christopher Lee as the Jabberwock. The landscape of Wonderland created by Tim Burton is also something that fans can’t get enough of. Tim Burton has brought to life a Wonderland as crazy, beautiful and fierce as most people always imagined it to be.


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