Meet the Mad Hatter

Disney has release the first official pics from Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.

You can see them character portraits – of Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the evil Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the floaty, benevolent White Queen – in our gallery to the right.

Below is Alice visiting Tweedledee and Tweedledum, both played/voiced by Matt Lucas thanks to the magic of performance capture.

And it sounds like the plot is a little different from traditional takes on the tale – with Alice, now 17, attending a snooty Victorian party where she discovers she’s about to be proposed to in front of the hundreds of guests.

Alarmed, she runs off, follows a white rabbit (voiced by Michael Sheen) and finds herself back in Wonderland, which she can’t recall visiting 10 years ago.

The place needs her help as the Red Queen has slowly taken over the place, complete with floating heads in her moat (wonder if she claims it on expenses – topical comedy, laygennulmen!)

On her path through the world, she meets the likes of Depp’s Hatter who producer Richard Zanuck describes as “off his rocker” with an “indescribable” accent.

Can something be indescribable if you describe it that way?

Burton, meanwhile, is busy blending the live action he shot across 40 days with the CG animation and creatures ready for next March’s release date.

If you want to see the wide-angle pics in scroll/zoom-i-mation, we recommend heading over to USA Today .

What do you make of the new pics? Like ‘em? Hate em? Do they make you excited for the movie?

UPDATE! Courtesy of Movies.IE , we've just scored a pic of Matt Lucas as Tweedledum & Tweedledee. See below...


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