Disney's cartoon classic Alice in Wonderland came out 65 years ago. While it was considered a failure during its initial run, from its re-release in the 1960s to today it has become a cult classic, with a semi-sequel having been released in 2010. It was live-action, and lead us through an amazing journey into a land we thought we knew but was far grander than we were used to. With another sequel coming next week called Alice Through the Looking Glass, I thought it would be fun to journey down the rabbit hole again with some facts you might not have known about Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
1. Anne Hathaway was offered the role of Alice
She didn't want to take it because it was too similar to other roles she already had done, but she wanted to work with Tim Burton. When she was offered the White Queen she happily agreed.
2. The movie actually won two Oscars
Though the movie was released with mixed reactions, it did end up with two Oscars in "Best Art Direction" and "Best Costume Design." Which, considering how many changes were made to Alice's dress to make it interesting with each change, was actually quite the feat.
3. It is Tim Burton's most successful film to date.
It has earned a gross total of $1 billion and was the second best grossing film of 2010, coming behind Toy Story 3.
4. All of the voice actors did their lines in one day
With many only having one or two, they were all able to come in and do their lines in a day.
5. This was Michael Gough's final movie
He played the role of the Dodo before dying at the age of 94. He also played the March Hare in Alice in Wonderland (1966)
6. Alice mentions it all "being a dream" 10 times
As well as "waking up from it" another 4 times. Honestly that was the only really annoying bit in the film.
7. Both Johnny Depp and Crispin Glover have played Willy Wonka
Johnny Depp, of course, played him for Tim Burton's version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ironically, Crispin played a parody of that version in Epic Movie.
8. Both the Red and White Queen's castles should look familiar.
They are designed after Cinderella's castle in Walt Disney World.
9. Johnny Depp got tired of the green screen
While he likes obstacles when filming he would "feel befuddled" by the end of the day.
10. Post-production really came down to the wire
Tim Burton was still editing the film up until two weeks before it was released.
This movie is a lot of fun to watch, with great characters and a new take on a tale that we already know. I can't wait to see what the sequel has in store for us.