Tim Burton explores "Alice in Wonderland"

Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:04pm EDT
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By John Gaudiosi

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Tim Burton's 3D promotional trailer for Walt Disney Pictures' "Alice in Wonderland" has been the talk of Comic-Con, thanks in part to the surprise cameo appearance of Johnny Depp at a panel on Thursday.

Depp plays The Mad Hatter in the new film, which debuts in theaters in March 2010. Burton made his first appearance at the giant comic book and pop culture convention here since the 1970s, when Comic-Con involved slides of the "Superman" movie.

The director joked that he brought slides of his vacation because he didn't have much film footage of the new "Alice." He then sat down with Reuters to talk about the new film.

Q: Can you explain your vision for "Alice in Wonderland"?

A: No, because I still have a lot to do. (laughs) I mean, we're trying to make a movie. I just take versions and...because it's kind of like comic material, although I don't know if I've ever seen a movie that I've really liked based on it because it's always kind of been a series of weird events. Everybody's crazy and it's sort of a passive little girl wandering around from episode to episode. So even though the books and the stories are iconic, I've never felt that there was a film that really kind of made it a film, translated from the story to a film. So that's the attempt.

Q: What did you take from Lewis Carroll's source material?

A: It's based on all of Lewis Carroll's material, including the "Jabberwocky Poem." Past "Alice" films were always just a girl wandering around passively with a lot of weird characters. We tried to weave it into a story that has emotion to it and makes sense.

Q: Did you go back and watch past Alice movies?   Continued...

<p>Cast member Johnny Depp (L) and director Tim Burton stand on stage during a panel discussion for the movie "Alice in Wonderland" during the 40th annual Comic Con Convention in San Diego July 23, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>