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caption this! first image from Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’

New fun for Wednesdays! We look at an image from an upcoming movie and write snarky, witty, or otherwise entertaining captions for it. No prizes, it’s just for fun.

So here’s an early peek at Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, scheduled for release in March 2010:


That’s Johnny Depp, of course, as the Mad Hatter — who else could Burton possibly cast? Helena Bonham Carter plays the Red Queen; Anne Hathaway is the White Queen. Also appearing are Michael Sheen, Crispin Glover, Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman, with Mia Wasikowska as Alice. ComingSoon.net says the film:

is almost like a sequel to the original story. The traditional tale has been freshened with a blast of girl power, courtesy of writer Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast). Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember.

There’s lots more images at ComingSoon.net, and more info on the film at the IMDB.

Caption away…



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  • JoshDM

    The primal fear emanating from my brain due to viewing this picture has rendered me unable to comment.

  • Cate

    Just when you thought Johnny Depp could not get more…eccentric.

  • Sarah

    Because , dammit, my interpretation of Willy Wonka was far too emotionally stable and respectful of the original source material.

  • Tragically, the experiment to splice the DNA of Johnny Depp and Carrot Top was not without its initial stumbles.

  • Ken

    First thing I thought of:

    Yes, well done, Mrs L of Leicester, Mrs B of Buxton and Mrs G of Gotwick, the loony was, of course, the director, Tim Burton

  • Brian

    Tim and I were a little puzzled about how to approach the costume at first. Then I said, “How about Raggedy Ann as an undead geisha?” and our problems were solved!

  • Martin

    Looks like someone took the wrong “herbal” tea…

  • Martin

    That first taste of Earl Grey can knock your socks off.

  • Martin

    Actually, looking at the other pictures, I have to wonder what’s going on with the Red Queen and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. That sort of deformity looks OK in a still image but is that how they are going to look in the film?

    It’s probably that right side of creepy that Burton is going for but you have to wonder how he’s going to pull that off.

  • Bree

    Checking himself out in the mirror bright and early before the days shoot with his morning cuppa, Depp’s thought bubble:

    ‘Damn that Burton, I warned him to stop lacing my tea with LSD!’

  • samarie Ramos

    “Atleast this time theres no scissorhands….”

  • Cate

    One makeup artist to rule them all

  • the rook

    in recent events, john dillinger adopted a new disguise while robbing bank. according to police investigator hollis mason “it’s ridiculous! dressing up like a clown like that. well two can play at that game!”

  • @brian

    “How about Raggedy Ann as an undead geisha?”

    Ha! That’s the best one yet. B)

  • Rob

    And next, we are going to f**k up Winnie-the-Pooh!

  • Taylor

    HOW AWESOME!! Everyone is trashing this but what do you expect?? It’s Tim Burton! I think it’s time for people to get this preconcieved Disney version out of their head and welcome this creativity! And seriously, who would go watch another cliche version of AIW if it was normal?? I cannot wait

  • I’m getting this strangest urge to start listening to a certain Jefferson Airplane song…

  • Maddie

    You can see Anne Hathaway as the White Queen here.

  • Orangutan

    Tonio, Blue Man Group did an awesome cover of that song with Esthero. It’s on their album The Complex. :)

  • Barb

    Great, now I thought Willy Wonka was scary but this. Shudder. There are very few versions of Alice in Wonderland that I have enjoyed (e.g., the Disney animated version and the other with Fiona Fullerton). All the other versions seem to have been overdone and overproduced. Can we please keep Tim Burton’s imagination inside his head rather than presenting it to the general population.

  • MaSch

    My caption:

    You didn’t think Michael Jackson was *really* dead, did you?

  • nyjm

    Can we please keep Tim Burton’s imagination inside his head rather than presenting it to the general population?

    Why in the world would we ever want to do that? Without Burton we’d never have had the bittersweet social critique of Edward Scissorhands, the surreal take on parenting and classwarfare that is Beetlejuice, the pure awesomeness that is Burton’s Batman (still one of the best comic to film adaptations), or the appropriate quirkiness that is Ed Wood. Let’s not forget what The Nightmatre Before Christmas did for stop-motion animation in specific and adult-themed animation in general.

    Most of Hollwood is so bland that it’s like sipping tepid reheated carboard through a MacDonald’s straw. Give me my weird!!

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