According to Wikipedia, they’ve got an interesting take on the original plots from the novels Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass –
An extension on Lewis Carroll’s original story, Alice, now 19, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to by a rich suitor in front of hundreds of snooty society types. She runs off, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited many years before, yet she doesn’t remember. The White Rabbit claims to have come back for Alice because she is the only one who can slay the Jabberwock, the beast who guards the Red Queen’s empire. Alice remains completely unaware of why she is in Wonderland, and is confused about the fact that she had once visited Wonderland years before. She then embarks on an adventure of self discovery to save Wonderland from the Red Queen’s reign of terror with the help of her Wonderland friends.
I like this idea – it allows them to revisit the iconic characters and scenes as Alice struggles to remember her previous visits, and it allows for some kickarse new developments as well. I love the CGI work on Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen.
Finally, because it’s me, here’s a minor nitpick on the proposal in the gazebo scene – since Alice is wearing a calf-length dress, that indicates that she has not officially Come Out as a debutante (ie is not yet officially eligible for marriage), and that means it would be an enormous social gaffe for a Victorian gentleman to propose to her, hardly something that would be done at a garden party in front of a large approving crowd. I understand and approve of the sensible hemline length for the scenes in Wonderland, but in that case why have the proposal backstory at all?
Nevermind, it’s a very minor nitpick. She’s running away from the social conventions, I get it. And I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of it.
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