It’s finally here! The latest Tim Burton film Alice: Through The Looking Glass releases today, and it’s been a long wait for those of us who loved his visually-captivating 2010 movie, Alice in Wonderland
The latest Alice film comes just over 150 years after the novel’s release – a testament to the staying power of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel about the adventures of a young girl who slips down the rabbit hole and ends up in a surreal world filled with bizarre characters and logic-defying situations.
Burton, however, isn’t the first to try and make the tale his own. In the century and a half since the novel’s release, there have several film adaptations that made it to the big screen. Here we take a look at some of the best:
Made by Walt Disney, this is probably the first Alice film most people remember watching. The movie’s incredibly trippy visuals and mesmerizing style proved to be far ahead of its time. The film was critically panned when it released, but has since gone on to become one of the earliest animated cult classics and is now widely regarded as one of Disney’s greatest animated classics.
Years after the Disney film, the world was finally ready for another big Alice film. Supported by a stellar ensemble cast from the UK, this live-action musical reintroduced a new generation to the story, and was only the second screen adaptation to be based entirely on the book series.
This animated feature comes from the USSR and is easily identifiable by its stunning Russian art style. The unique visuals, traditional colour palette and surreal imagery all make for a beautiful animated film which proves that Carroll’s work is truly universal.
This movie is a fictionalised account of Alice Liddell – the child who inspired Lewis Carroll to write his timeless classic – as an old woman who is haunted by the characters she was once so amused by. As a much darker and more mysterious retelling of the Alice story, the film also explores the troubled relationship between the author and the child, ultimately proving that you’re never too old to come of age.
The original Czech title translates to Something About Alice. The film is a loose adaptation of the original text and it combines live action with stop motion animation. The film’s director, Jan Švankmajer, undertook the project because he was unhappy with the way previous versions of the story had treated it like a fairy tale. In his version, the film plays out like a dream would – which is very similar to Carroll’s original vision – and the result is this dark and uncompromising work of art.
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