Following a premature Wednesday leak, the debut teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s [movie id=”373927″]”Alice in Wonderland”[/movie] hit the Internet, fresh from its San Diego Comic-Con premiere. The director brings a unique visual aesthetic to everything he does. His films feel like waking dreams, with fantastical imagery and characters that seem a little bit “off.”
If anyone was unsure about this perfect pairing of director with source material, this trailer officially sets the record straight. With the March 5 release date still quite a distance away, join us in obsessing over this all-too-brief glimpse at Burton’s “Wonderland” in our shot-by-shot breakdown:
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143512/photo.jhtml”]Shot 1:[/url] Alice (Mia Wasikowska) running for the rabbit hole. She must be late for a very important date!
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143513/photo.jhtml”]Shot 2:[/url] That’s a mighty big hole. Careful, Alice! The ground looks unsteady — oh crap, she fell.
Shot 3: How deep does that rabbit hole go, you ask? Deep enough to house flying lanterns, chairs, bookcases, tables … all manner of furniture and household items.
Shot 4: A “Drink Me” bottle and a key on a table. This is Alice’s second trip to Wonderland. Hasn’t she learned yet to unlock the door before drinking the magical shrinking juice?
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143514/photo.jhtml”]Shot 5:[/url] Clearly she hasn’t. Hi there, tiny Alice!
Shot 6: Wonderland looks cool and all, but seriously, how did Alice manage to trim down that now-oversized dress of hers?
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143515/photo.jhtml”]Shot 7:[/url] It’s Alice strolling through the woods with the White Rabbit, the Dodo and brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Look carefully at the beginning of the shot to see a mouse running ahead of the Rabbit. The Dormouse perhaps? Or just the Mouse?
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143517/photo.jhtml”]Shot 8:[/url] The White Queen’s (Anne Hathaway) castle looks very cool. What could she and Alice be discussing at such a late hour, amidst all of those giant horse-head statues?
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143518/photo.jhtml”]Shot 9:[/url] It’s … it’s … it’s … the Cheshire Cat. So beautifully creepy. Why won’t you speak with Stephen Fry’s voice? Looks like we’re waiting until the next trailer.
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143519/photo.jhtml”]Shot 10:[/url] OK, who the heck is this guy? Note the heart-shaped eye patch. Do you think he’s an agent of the evil Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter)?
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143520/photo.jhtml”]Shot 11:[/url] Why don’t you ask her? There she is, in all of her terrifying, half-real/half-CG glory. This may just be the most nightmarish Burton image since Large Marge.
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143521/photo.jhtml”]Shot 12:[/url] The Queen’s red-card soldiers rushing past a many-toothed beast. Could that be a fearsome reimagining of the Jabberwocky? Or perhaps a ‘roided up Cheshire Cat?
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143525/photo.jhtml”]Shot 13:[/url] Oh no, a giant bird — the Dodo? — flew off with Tweedledee and Tweedledum!
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143526/photo.jhtml”]Shot 14:[/url] Who is that coming through the door, flanked by the Red Queen’s soldiers? Could the Mad Hatter be a prisoner?
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143527/photo.jhtml”]Shot 15:[/url] That’s a mighty familiar hat …
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143528/photo.jhtml”]Shot 16:[/url] There he is, folks. Johnny Depp, our new Mad Hatter.
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143529/photo.jhtml”]Shot 17:[/url] You shouldn’t walk on the dinner table. Or the tea-party table. It is highly unsanitary.
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143530/photo.jhtml”]Shot 18:[/url] “Alice! You’re terribly late, you know — naughty!” A chiding from the Mad Hatter. Now sing the “Merry Unbirthday” song!
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143531/photo.jhtml”]Shot 19: Now he’s flinging his top hat out like a Frisbee. What might that accomplish?
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143533/photo.jhtml”]Shot 21:[/url] A laughing, hatless Hatter. Who’s mad now, chuckles? Still you.
[url id=”http://www.mtv.com/photos/freeze-frames-alice-in-wonderland/1616878/4143534/photo.jhtml”]Shot 22:[/url] Don’t get on the White Rabbit’s bad side. Or he might glare and angrily tap his pocket watch at you. And then strand you in a nightmarish land where animals speak in rhyme and lively decks of cards try to take your head off.
Shot 23: March 5, 2010! Not soon enough! And there’s that grinning feline again, taunting us with his silence.
Shot 24: In case it wasn’t clear, “Alice in Wonderland” is the Mad Hatter’s time to shine. And to unfurl rolls of colorful fabric, apparently.
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