Alice In Wonderland (2010), Royal World Premiere - Helena Bonham Carter and producer Tim Burton
Actress Helena Bonham Carter and Director Tim Burton sign autographs for fans on arrival at the Royal World Premiere © Disney
Alice In Wonderland (2010), Royal World Premiere - Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska
Actors Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska © Disney

It was a busy night for Director Tim Burton and the stars of Alice in Wonderland. Not only where they attending the red carpet and film screening some of them where also doing separate interviews. We have included pictures of Tim Burton and Johnny Deep on a UK chat show hosted by Jonathan Ross that was recorded that night.

We previously reported that major UK Cinema chain Odeon had fallen out with Disney regarding the shortened release period for this particular film. They had announced they where not going to show it in their cinemas (other than for this premiere!). Odeon had a change of heart just in time for this evening’s event, maybe feeling they had made their point, and will now be showing it across the UK. The situation looks likely to be a ongoing problem for distributors and cinema chains worldwide.

The official details released before the event…

London February 25th Sees The Royal World Premiere For Walt Disney Pictures’ Epic 3D Fantasy Adventure “Alice in Wonderland” Held In Aid of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary film-director Tim Burton comes one of the most highly anticipated movie releases for 2010 “Alice in Wonderland.” The film’s all star cast—including Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Australian rising star Mia Wasikowska as Alice, and UK comedian Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee—are expected to attend the World Premiere on February 25th in London, alongside director Burton. They will be joined by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Also expected to step onto this majestic red carpet will be some of the impressive British acting talent providing the voices for Wonderland’s amazing menagerie of inhabitants, including Stephen Fry playing the Cheshire Cat, Alan Rickman playing Absolem the caterpillar, Michael Sheen playing The White Rabbit, Paul Whitehouse playing The March Hare, Timothy Spall playing Bayard, Barbara Windsor playing the Dormouse and Christopher Lee playing the Jabberwocky.

This truly amazing event promises to bring a touch of the magical and surreal world of Wonderland to the capital! Taking place in London’s Leicester Square, the premiere is being held in aid of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, which aims to remove barriers so that all UK children have the opportunity to discover the arts as a valuable and enjoyable part of life.

Tim Burton’s magical and imaginative “Alice in Wonderland” is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass” and is brought to the big screen in ground-breaking Disney Digital 3D™ and features stunning avant-garde visuals. The film sees Alice embarking on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror and marks a return to Disney for director Tim Burton (“The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”).

Incorporating characters, story elements and the central themes from both of Carroll’s books, Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” features a new adventure as 19-year-old Alice returns to Wonderland for the first time since she was a child with no memory of her previous adventures there.


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online

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