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    Default What makes Alice in Wonderland so appealing?

    This is something I've pondered from time to time, especially after hearing about Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland opening with a record setting$112 million weekend. What makes Alice in Wonderland so special for so many people?

    It seems to hold some sort of personal importance, particularly from NFs based on my observations. If I were to wager a guess, it has to do with the world that is presented. One that is entirely the construct of someone's imagination. Other than that...is there anything else to it that I'm not seeing?

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    I think it's the whole acid-trip dark fantasy aspect that lots of people gravitate to. I know people who never ever pick up books, but they read Alice in Wonderland.

    If Disney did this film, rather than someone like Tim Burton, it wouldn't do as well I don't think. It's not just another Disney-type fantasy.

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    1) Johnny Depp
    2) One full year of hype.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    I think it's the whole acid-trip dark fantasy aspect that lots of people gravitate to. I know people who never ever pick up books, but they read Alice in Wonderland.

    If Disney did this film, rather than someone like Tim Burton, it wouldn't do as well I don't think. It's not just another Disney-type fantasy.
    The original cartoon was probably the best movie I've ever seen when I watched it on psylocibin.
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    It's funny because as a child I adored Alice in Wonderland, but it frightened me. It was actually the only thing that scared me at that age. I'd seen Hitchcock and Dracula and every Mike Myers sequel, and nothing. Those evoked no fear in me. But turn on Alice in Wonderland, and I was sure to be clutching my pillow by the end. Now that I think about it, it was that way for me with Neverending Story and the Wizard of Oz, too. Those were some of my favorites growing up, but they all frightened me, or rather made me anxious, upset. I believe it has something to do with the protagonists being lost, separated from family & far from home, and thrown into an foreign, unsympathetic world where they have to find their way back to safety and familiarity by themselves. I was sensitive to that sort of stuff early on.

    Also, Alice in Wonderland was special because it looked different. Everything about it was strange and new and so colorful. Children eat that stuff up.

    I haven't seen Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland yet. I still might not, just because.

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    Beats me. I never found much to like in the story. I suspect, much like The Wizard of Oz (another movie I don't see the appeal of), it's too far removed from reality for me to have anything to grab onto.
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    As regards the books, Alice is so quietly thoughtful and reasonable about the most absurd of circumstances that you can't help but like her. As regards the move, give me Tim Burton/Johnny Depp/Helena Bonham Carter, and I will go see it, I don't care what it's about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    1) Johnny Depp
    2) One full year of hype.
    I think it's this simple...
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGeq5v7L3WM

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    I loved Through the Looking Glass because it was both amusing and dark--an unexpected combination in a children's book. JK Rowling and Roald Dahl both seemed to understand that it's also a winning combination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah View Post
    I loved Through the Looking Glass because it was both amusing and dark--an unexpected combination in a children's book. JK Rowling and Roald Dahl both seemed to understand that it's also a winning combination.
    And so did Tolkien...
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGeq5v7L3WM

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