Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Theatrical Release: March 5, 2010
DVD Release: June 1, 2010
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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Synopsis

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure “Alice in Wonderland,” a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The all-star cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover; Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, “Alice in Wonderland” comes to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ on March 5, 2010.

Dove Review

Here is an adventure for the imagination! Tim Burton’s latest film is a stunning visual feast for the eyes. The characters and surroundings are like magnets, drawing the viewer’s attention to the screen. Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter and makes the character his own with his unique take on the role. His voice and mannerisms and appearance are other-worldly which is perfect for this story. Wonderful characters like the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Dormouse, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum are all part of the journey. The horse fly and dragon fly look like…you guessed it, a real miniature horse and dragon!

Mia Wasikowska is quite good as Alice and in the beginning of the story she is proposed to by a man she doesn’t want to marry. When she sees the White Rabbit lurking about, she follows him, only to fall into a hole to find herself back in the world she had visited as a child. Helena Bonham Carter plays an evil queen with relish, and she knows a certain young girl has been prophesied to destroy her evil reign. That girl happens to be Alice.

The story includes some intense fire breathing dragons and other vicious creatures with large fangs. Young children might be frightened. But this other world is such an obviously fantastic world that we think kids twelve and above will be fine with it, and some a bit younger, depending on the parent’s knowledge of their children. We strongly suggest parents consult the content listing below to make their own informed decisions.

For Alice, the world she travels to is not a joyous escape at times. But for the viewer, a just-under two hour journey into Alice’s world is a journey to the imagination, a remarkable world in which anything can, and often does, happen. We gladly award this film our Dove Seal. It’s a remarkable and stunning visual journey. And the 3-D version is not to be missed!

Content Description

Sex: Kissing by a couple.
Language: A couple of "stupid" comments and a "moron" comment; an "idiot' comment.
Violence: A character falls down a long hole but is okay; a small creature stabs a character in the toe with a small sword; a large eagle carries a couple of characters away; a character throws cups at other characters but no one is harmed; a fire is started in the village; a fire-breathing dragon attempts to harm people; creatures with large fangs are seen; one character is wounded on her arm with scratches and a little blood is visible; a few skirmishes; a battle near the end which includes some minor violence; some fingers are briefly seen; a character spits; a character cuts a dragon's head off but it is not gratuitous and is obviously computer generated special effects.
Drugs: A character drinks a magical potion which causes her to shrink and grow; a caterpillar smokes a pipe.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: A certain character steals something; a few magic potions are used in this wonder world.

Info

Company: Disney
Writer: Linda Woolverton & Lewis Carroll
Director: Tim Burton
Producer: Joe Roth
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 108 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter