This past weekend I ventured out to the movie theatre to watch Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. To be honest, when I first heard the story when I was a little girl I was a bit frightened; the smoking caterpillar and disappearing cat were characters I definitely did not want showing up in my own dreams. However, I was delighted to learn that Burton’s rendition of the film was actually a fusion betweenLewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

The movie briefly shows Alice as a young girl and then jumps forward to when she is a young adult being urged into an arranged marriage. The magic begins when she falls down the rabbit hole and revisits the Wonderland she knew- but has now forgotten- since she was little girl. Her objective is to overthrow the Red Queen who has destroyed the once vibrant land inhabited by the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Matt Lucas), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and of course the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen).

The film is brilliantly portrayed with all the vivid colors and stop-motion animation associated with the imaginary land. Burton’s biggest triumph, however, lies not within the masterful imagery, but rather within his ability to capture the story through Alice’s eyes– as it is told through the original novels themselves. In his words he was able to give the story some “framework of emotional grounding” in which you sympathize with her situation and understand her need to escape to an imaginary world when the one she lives in is so dull. There are several instances when what she believes to be true is revealed to be a misconception of reality. For instance, what she believed to a reoccurring dream of visiting Wonderland was really a memory. Also, the very name she uses for Wonderland is a misnomer- it is really called “Underland.” Her heroine journey demonstrates traits of great courage, chivalry and compassion that are not as easily identified in her real life. This allows viewers and readers alike to escape their own reality and live vicariously through her.

At Urban Geko, as a Los Angeles web design firm, we try our best to see all our projects through our client’s eyes and thus end up with the best result for them. Whether it may be print, web or multimedia design we do our best to meet their objectives while still delivering the highest quality design there is to offer. Become one of them and we’ll show you a world of design with all the daring imagination and inspiring creativity of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

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