Following a premature Wednesday leak, the debut teaser trailer for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" 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:
Shot 1: Alice (Mia Wasikowska) running for the rabbit hole. She must be late for a very important date!
Shot 2: 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?
Shot 5: 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?
Shot 7: 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?
Shot 8: 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?
Shot 9: 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.
Shot 10: 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)?
Shot 11: 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.
Shot 12: 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?
Shot 13: Oh no, a giant bird — the Dodo? — flew off with Tweedledee and Tweedledum!
Shot 14: Who is that coming through the door, flanked by the Red Queen's soldiers? Could the Mad Hatter be a prisoner?
Shot 15: That's a mighty familiar hat ...
Shot 16: There he is, folks. Johnny Depp, our new Mad Hatter.
Shot 17: You shouldn't walk on the dinner table. Or the tea-party table. It is highly unsanitary.
Shot 18: "Alice! You're terribly late, you know — naughty!" A chiding from the Mad Hatter. Now sing the "Merry Unbirthday" song!
Shot 19: Now he's flinging his top hat out like a Frisbee. What might that accomplish?
Shot 20: Title image. Nooooo! It can't be over already!
Shot 21: A laughing, hatless Hatter. Who's mad now, chuckles? Still you.
Shot 22: 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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