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'Alice in Wonderland' returns through the looking glass

'Alice in Wonderland' returns through the looking glass

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After a successful run at the box office in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland”, Director Tim Burton handed over the reins of directing a sequel of the film to British director, James Bobin.

Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” raked in over a billion dollars at the box office in 2010.

Probably overwhelmed by the success of his 2010 film, Burton decided to take an Executive Producer seat for the making of the sequel, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”.

For me, Lewis Carroll was a man who liked jokes and puns and language and I feel like, in a way, he's the original surrealist and the original satire. He's got a lot of satire in his work, and that is comedy.

“My goal was just to support him (James Bobin) if he needed any advice, if he wanted anything from me and just to help him facilitate what he needed to do,” Burton explained.

“Having been through it and going through it myself, I know how important that is just to be able to, with all the influences and the outside entities coming into it, it is like you need to give the guy some space to be able to do what he needs to do.”

And Bobin did not disappoint when he stepped up to the task.

“They’re both really wonderful and yes, they’re quite different” said Mia Wasikowska about the difference in working with the two directors.

Wasikowska who reprises her role as Alice in the film explained that: “Tim articulates things very visually and then James likes talking about things more. But James brought a wonderful sense of humor to the film that I think kids can enjoy and adults can enjoy and also just, you know, really pushing the actors to be kind of more emotionally engaged and connected.”

“Alice Through the Looking Glass” is a whimsical tale of Alice’s second journey to Wonderland in an effort to save her friend the Mad Hatter.

It is based on the characters created by Lewis Carroll in his classic novels, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass” as well as “What Alice Found There”.

The books date back more than 150 years.

Coming from a comedic background, Bobin who directed The Muppets, and co-created Flight of the Conchords said he wanted to honour author Lewis Carroll with his take.

“For me, Lewis Carroll was a man who liked jokes and puns and language and I feel like, in a way, he’s the original surrealist and the original satire. He’s got a lot of satire in his work, and that is comedy. Look, if you look at shows like ‘Monty Python’ in England, that show has direct links to Lewis Carroll as far as I’m concerned. So from my comedic background I wanted to try to bring that element of Lewis Carroll out into the movie.”

“Alice Through the Looking Glass” has a stellar cast which includes Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Andrew Scott and Rhys Ifans.

The film had its initial release this month.