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  1. Acid wasn’t invented, but ‘shrooms and powerful Hashish certinally did exist. Not to mention that opium and cocaine were drugstore staples like asprin is today. So yeah, drug imagery in the time period is totally legit. It’s also a time period before mental illness was truly understood but people were starting to explore this with nascent science, so it makes sence that the idea of madness would be explored through creative means as well, and madness, even sugar coated as a childern’s story, is a powerfully dark thing.

    I’d also wager to guess that more people in society would be considered mad at the time than currently. A combination of diseases (like Syphilis) that we can cure now and also chemicals that people come in contact with (like the Mercury that’s the cause of the Mad Hatter sterotype) did damage to the brain, so one could reasonably assume that people were more often confronted by people who were “mad” in Caroll’s time period than in our own.

    Caroll was a moral man, and it makes sense that he would use the idea of madness to explore his feelings for children, which he may have seen as a form of madness. again, this is legitimately dark.

    So i say bring on the dark imagery Alice. It fits. I think it will be good. I’m excited to see it.

  2. I am so pleased to see these images! They are beautifully creepy, and now I am definitely more excited than ever about Burton’s take on Alice in Wonderland. It is a rather strange story to begin with, and this is exceptional! Thank you for sharing.

  3. FUCK YEH! This is gonna be so frikkin awesome I can’t wait!

    The darker and trippier the better IMHO. 🙂 When I read it as a kid it was definitely not sweet and innocent to me. Very sinister, especially when you follow it up with Through the Looking Glass like I did.

  4. Oh, the eyecandy! This looks amazing! I know I won’t be disappointed. All of Tim Burton’s films rank on my “Favorite Flicks Of All Time” list.

    Can we talk about how amazing Anne Hathaway looks for a moment?! My, my…I never would’ve expected her to accept a role in a Tim Burton film either (she turned down a role in his remake of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street), but I’m glad she finally did.

    I have to leave the site now before I spontaneously combust due to excitement…

  5. Is that Anne Hathaway??? I woudl have never expected to see her in a Burton film. She looks beyond stunning!

    Depp on the other hand? I was in no way surprised when I heard it announced and am looking *very* much forward to seeing him it.

  6. Well, I for one cannot fucking wait to see this! Judging by the photos, it will be visually delicious! And as for “dark undertones” Bring’em on!!! I already think the original story already carries a subtle darkness when you really think about it….I’m a huge fan of the book- I collect copies of it. There is always the cartoon (which I love) to watch if you want sweetness and light.
    I’m sure this classic tale would’ve been retold by SOMEBODY eventually, so i am very excited and relieved that Mr. Burton decided on it. At least we know it won’t be dumbed down by predictable “safe” imagery, and slappable actors like Kirsten Dunst in the lead roles…..
    Hmmm, I too prefer the original Willy Wonka, but if taken as a story on it’s own, and not compared to the original, the Burton one isn’t TOO bad…
    Anyhoo,different strokes for different folks I guess, but I will definitely be needing something absorbent in my pants when this movie eventually comes out!

  7. I am not that happy about this. I read both the original Lewis Carrol books several times and love them dearly. I am afraid that Tim Burton is going to try and make it too creepy and totally different from the original. It was a sweet, fantastical story. No acid trip (wasn’t even invented back then) or have dark undertones. I never saw that. I will watch it, but I am not looking forward to it in the least.

    1. It is a sweet, fantastic story, but it was also written as a gift to a young child that Carrol was infatuated with, so it already carries “dark undertones” – aside from the overlaying descent into madness that the main character has to deal with.

      My only reservation about this production is that I can’t help but remember how bad Burton’s version of Charlie & The Chocolate factory was.