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Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Date: Apr 21 2010

Themes: Alternative

Grammar: Adverbs


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There are certain directors whose style is so unique, you can recognize one of their films the minute you see it. Tim Burton is one of those filmmakers. His movies all have a dark, quirky look to them that has earned him a lot of fans. You can also recognize a Tim Burton movie by the actors who star in it. Burton loves to work with his friend Johnny Depp and his wife, Helena Bonham Carter.

Burton’s latest creation is Alice in Wonderland, a continuation of the original story about a girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a strange new universe. Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter in Burton’s film, and Helena Bonham Carter plays the evil Red Queen, who wants to destroy Wonderland. Find out if Devan and Ella are fans of Tim Burton’s work.


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Ella:  So with this Alice in Wonderland movie is it basically just like another, “Oh, here’s this story, let’s just redo it again with more cooler effects,” same story though?

Devan:  I don’t think it’s the same story. I think Tim Burton’s smart enough to know that the first one is so good that you just don’t touch that, you know?

Ella:  OK.

Devan:  And this one is like returning, Alice returning after like now she’s 19 years old and she’s going back to the rabbit hole. And I have to say, like, you know, Tim Burton, I just feel like he’s gotten too into all the special effects and, you know, like the CGI and all that kind of stuff that’s not really my cup of tea. But I just went and saw an art exhibit of his, and I have to say, he really is a talented guy. He really has a unique point of view.

Ella:  Yeah. His style is very particular. You don’t even have to know who made the movie or what it’s about, and you can tell it’s a Tim Burton movie.

Devan:  So, yeah, I think that even though I loved the first Alice in Wonderland exactly the way it was, just because Tim Burton’s so unique and so captivating, it’d be interesting to see what he does with the story and those characters that we know one way in our minds, to see how he transforms them into Tim Burton characters, you know?

Ella:  Yeah. And Johnny Depp’s in it, you know. That’s always a plus.


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Ella asks Devan if the new Alice in Wonderland is just a remake of the original Disney cartoon, but with more special effects. Devan explains that Burton’s movie uses the same characters and setting, but it is a new story that takes place when Alice is 19 years old.

Devan feels that Tim Burton has gotten too obsessed with using computer animation and CGI. She prefers his early films, when he did not use as many special effects. But she still thinks that Burton is a unique artist, and she likes his original style. She is curious to see Tim Burton’s take on the characters of Alice in Wonderland. Ella is also excited to see the movie, because she likes anything with Johnny Depp in it.

Are you a fan of Tim Burton’s movies? Do you remember when you first heard the story of “Alice in Wonderland” as a child?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Oh I like this one that’s really funny specially those queens =)

10:08 AM Jun 16 2014 |




Nice movie…

What’s rustling in those bushes? 

Miracles. –  dryly answered Cheshire Cat. 

But what they are doing there?

They happen =)

03:05 PM Sep 07 2013 |




What i can say about Tim Burton…He´s a Genious!! I love his movies!!

05:27 PM Jan 12 2011 |




Hummm I have ever seen some Tim Burton's movies like Sweeney Todd with Johnny Depp and now Alice in Wonderland…I confess the Burton's style is a "trip",pretty crazy and Jhonny Depp making the mad hatter was pretty cool,this crazy type of character combines a lot with him hehe…But when I saw Alice in the cinema I watched in 3D and liked a lot :)

11:57 PM May 24 2010 |




i have alomst no memories in what the Alice real was like. But accordding to this new one , it's fresh for me ,and really captivating. And  I think that the dream of Alice seems  to totally reflect what she has been  caring about in her real live . like  , fat boys (twin girls) ...

maybe she wants to kill the real dragon in her wedding . ha



05:49 PM May 02 2010 |



I gonna watch the movie today, hope it be incredible!

02:59 PM Apr 30 2010 |




I think the movie was good, great special effects and great Johnny Deep, but in my opinion it was just a remaking of the old story "Alice in Wonderland" Tim Burton had fun making this movie. 

07:40 AM Apr 29 2010 |


Viet Nam

i have nothing to say here… LOL. so, let's squeeze in watching this movie.

01:24 AM Apr 28 2010 |

The Jasmine

Syrian Arab Republic

I really like Tim Burton's movies & all the special effects he uses…Really incredible,,, Jonny Depp was splendid as always ,,,I enjoyed watching the film so much with the special look of Mr.Burton  

09:22 PM Apr 27 2010 |




I must admit I really like Tim burton's film Alice in wonderland. However I never read the book or see any other movie about Alice. 



06:09 PM Apr 27 2010 |




i watched this cool movie last night. i always heart tim burton's movie, especially when depp play the role. the casts are outstanding and the dark burton's ambiance really make the movie going beyond your original imagination. 

anyway i've fall in love with chesire , he's the cat meme in that movie :D 

04:11 AM Apr 27 2010 |



I like this movie. I used to see a movie of Tim Burton many times.

02:48 AM Apr 27 2010 |



i like this movie  i  love Johnny Depp  he is so cool ,hehe .

07:54 PM Apr 26 2010 |



I adore original story "Alice in Wonderland" and Johnny Depp and when I'd seen "Alice in Wonderland" this year I fall in love with Tim Burton's movies!!!!! I watched even all movies of Tim Burton with J. Depp. They are amaizing people!!!!

I had first heard the story of “Alice in Wonderland” when I was a child, then I read this story in original English language and I think it's admirable!!!!!!Laughing The best I've ever read!!!!!!!


04:05 PM Apr 26 2010 |



I suddenly realize that I have seen it not long ago!But I just saw part of it!

12:12 PM Apr 26 2010 |



How can i listen to the dialoge? Can it be held?

12:03 PM Apr 26 2010 |




Seeing is believing . But after the scaning of those commens below, i am not quite sure whether i should see it or believe it first haha Cool

04:42 AM Apr 26 2010 |




I watched it in a movie theat, it's a chinese version, the girl had an irresistible beauty, my friends like it, but it's not my cup of tea.

03:31 PM Apr 25 2010 |

John Saldanha


I haven't seen this movie yet… but I guess it'll be one more brilliant Tim Burton's work… He's awesome!!

11:59 PM Apr 24 2010 |


Viet Nam

where can I wha the movie ?

09:30 AM Apr 23 2010 |

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