Scott Baio, Ann Jillian, Natalie Gregory, Telly Savalas and Sherman Hemsley in "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass"

Scott Baio, Ann Jillian, Natalie Gregory, Telly Savalas and Sherman Hemsley in "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass"

Below is a sneak peek at Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, due out March 2010. How is this TV-related, you say?

Well, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass just happen to be two of my favorite books and the best adaptation I’ve ever seen is a made-for-TV movie that came out in 1985 and starred (among others) Sammy Davis Jr., Ann Jillian, Carol Channing, Lloyd Bridges, Jayne Meadows, Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Steve Allen, Martha Raye, Telly Savalas, Eydie Gorme and Scott Baio. There were a bunch of songs written for the movies. Some of them are great, some of them are terrible. But it is the most true-to-the-book version I’ve ever seen.

I consider myself a bit of an Alice in Wonderland expert and I have high expectations for Mr. Burton’s version, though I already have some issues with what I’ve seen and I’ll share them (and the trailer) after the jump.

First off, according to pictures I’ve seen Burton has included Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Those characters belong in Through the Looking Glass, as does Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Secondly, is Helena Bonham Carter playing the Queen of Hearts or the Red Queen? Those are two different characters. Alice in Wonderland is set in Wonderland and is based around a deck of cards (hence the Queen of Hearts). Through the Looking Glass is set in Looking Glassland and is based around a game of chess (hence the Red Queen and White Queen). I really hope Burton didn’t copycat the stupid animated Disney version in the sense of combining the two books all willy-nilly.

I’m sure stylistically the movie will be amazing, but I get really annoyed when aspects of the second book start creeping into Wonderland. Trailer below.



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