‘Alice in Wonderland’ became something different with Tim Burton in charge. With a unique perspective and authentic style, Burton turned the story on its head.

Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland stands out from the rest.
Tim Burton’s version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ stands out from the rest.
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Alice in Wonderland with a Twist

Tim Burton has turned this classic story into a haunting adventure. With characters that could have easily popped out of a dream, he captivated the world. It’s no surprise considering Tim Burton has an infinity for stories with a wicked side.

Alice is now all grown up. The once fairytale world has grown too. Now, the wickedness is out in full force. Burton did an excellent job of mixing the light-heartedness with the doom and destruction.

What did Tim Burton Bring to the Table?

Female empowerment stood out in this version of the film. Burton made sure Alice wasn’t dragged around by the star-studded cast. Alice is an active protagonist who controls her own fate. She gets to be the warrior. Let’s not forget that action-packed fight on the checker-board battlefield.

The out-of-this-word locations, costumes and music hooked audiences. The story kept them coming back for more. Even though the world is nothing like our own, Burton made the characters understandable. With mental illness, family drama and twisted love, we could relate to this version of the film. Something not easily done in the original ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

This beloved film comes straight from the mind of Tim Burton. He took the classic story and turned it on its head.
This beloved film comes straight from the mind of Tim Burton. He took the classic story and turned it on its head.
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Showcasing Tim Burton’s Style

With two Oscars wins (one for art design) it’s clear the recent version of Alice in Wonderland has made its mark. Even filming in front of a green screen won’t stop Burton’s style from coming through. He brought in the best actors, the best costumes, and filmed a story people would cherish.

The one issue with this film comes in the target audience. Who is it? The film is a little too dark for small children, yet adults consider Alice in Wonderland to be a kid’s story. Teenagers might be the only audience Burton’s film truly speaks to.

This isn’t unusual for Burton, as many of his films fall into the same trap; too dark for kids, too young for adults. With the popularity associated with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, it seems people of all ages love it.