June 22, 2009-
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.
Thus opens the nonsense poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll featured in ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’, the continuation of her adventures in Wonderland. With Disney finally releasing pics from Tim Burton’s newest version, that above bit of surreal grotesquery seems appropriate. Just take a look at the three characters! That’s Depp as the Hatter, looking like a cross between Wendy(yes the fast-food one) and Madonna with a bit of Andy Warhol thrown in for good measure. The frightening doll-like creature with the John Wayne Gacy make-up is The Red Queen by way of Helena Bonham Carter. The last is Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, the only image that halfway ‘resembles’ the typical Burton style. The article over at USA Today also mentions that Michael Sheen is the White Rabbit and in my favorite bit of casting, Chris Lee is the ‘Jabberwock”. If you go over to the site, there are larger versions of the production art that visitors can wander around in and magnify at their leisure. Continue reading