I’ve been watching the buzz around the interwebs about this Tim Burton directed movie but, having never watched the 70s show on which it’s based, I have to say I really didn’t care. But now that the first trailer is out, I’m intrigued. I like Tim Burton but he doesn’t always knock it out of the park. But he has stacked the deck as far as cast is concerned and I love the quirky, self-aware tone. This could be a couple of hours of fun.
This trailer is making the movie blog rounds & and the documentary itself is making the festival rounds & getting positive reviews. The movie covers the revival of Disney animation in the 80s & early 90s and features such young up & comers like Tim Burton & John Lassiter. It looks fascinating but I have no idea when this will be coming to a theater near me. You can watch the trailer by clicking here— Read more
Finally, our first moving look at Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. I’m still excited about this project but I’m a little underwhelmed by the trailer. Obviously a teaser, we see most of the major players and some fun special effects but nothing to really sink your teeth into. (And no Alan Rickman, sadness!) I want more. I guess that’s what a teaser’s supposed to do. Enjoy.
Yes, it was 20 years ago this summer that Tim Burton changed the landscape of comic book movies and made a ton of cash. 1989 was a great summer for movies; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, When Harry Met Sally, Parenthood, The Abyss, and Uncle Buck (an odd choice for summer release considering the cold Chicago setting). But the mother of them all was Batman. It gave me quite the little crush on Michael Keaton. And while I sensed this was a significant movie, my understanding of its impact was limited to the rising prices at the concession, a phenomenon I dubbed “Batprices”. There’s a great article over at Salon.com about the lasting impact this movie has had on the film industry. Check it out if, like me, you’re interested in that sort of thing.
We’ve had a couple of glimpses of Tim Burton’s upcoming take on Alice In Wonderland, like this pic of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Yesterday, several more character portraits ,like this balloon-headed Helena Bonham Carter, and some delightful concept art were released. I know this will be weird, but I am really looking forward to this. And I have to say, while the first Mad Hatter picture looked like Johnny Depp, I think this one looks like Elijah Wood. Look at the eyes & that gap in the teeth. Does Johnny Depp have a gap in his teeth? See the rest of them (including Johnny Depp as Elijah Wood as the Mad Hatter) here. Plan to go down the rabbit hole March 5, 2010.
Yippee! First Looks at 2 upcoming fantasy movies. Feast your eyes.
Robin Hood: Russell Crowe sports a somewhat Maximus haircut in this new photo from the production. Yummy. We’ve also learned that Matthew MacFadyen (Pride & Prejudice) has been cast as the Sherriff of Nottingham. Interesting. Read more
A few more projects in development that have piqued my interest. Apparently, this week the theme is Harry Potter.
Old News: I’ve been mildly interested in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, currently filming in London. Naturally, it features Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter but when Alan Rickman (Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series) was announced as the Caterpillar, I was completely sold. I adore Rickman and would pay to watch him sort socks. This movie has officially been moved to my I Can’t Wait list. Check out the rest of this cast: Mia Wasikowska as Alice (Thank heavens Burton was original enough to cast someone besides Dakota Fanning or Abigail Breslin! Yes, they’re talented but they’re not the only fish in the sea.), Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Michael Sheen as the Cheshire Cat, & Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts. Yes, this will be weird but it could also be freakin’ awesome! Read more