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Alice In Wonderland

Released

Mar 05, 2010

Latest Home Video

Jun 01, 2010

MPAA Rating

PG

Director

Tim Burton

Cast

Mia Wasikowska
Johnny Depp
Anne Hathaway
Helena Bonham-Carter
Crispin Glover.

Studio

2010 Walt Disney Studios

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Still shot from the movie: Alice In Wonderland.

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Synopsis

In this adaptation of Lewis Carroll's work, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is now 19 years old and returning to her former friends and adventure. Parents may also want to wait until their little ones are a bit more grown-up before venturing into this version of Wonderland (envisioned by Director Tim Burton).

Content Details

Why Is Alice In Wonderland Rated PG?

Alice In Wonderland is rated PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar.

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Alice In Wonderland...

As Alice ventures in Wonderland, she has many falls and perilous encounters. Ferocious creatures attack characters (one is injured and the bloody, festering wound is shown). An army pursues its enemy and threatens them with spears and swords. Battles break out and participants are tossed, injured and crushed by rocks. A fiery dragon sets a village ablaze (deaths are implied). An angry queen repeatedly orders, "Off with their heads." She kills various characters, including a frog whose tadpoles she plans to eat. An execution is depicted with a hooded executioner who is seen swinging his ax at the victim’s neck. Ghoulish images include decapitated heads (some seen floating in a mote, another rolls down a flight of stairs) and dismembered fingers (which are cooked into a potion). A creature’s tongue is cut off and it falls writhing to the ground. Several characters have their eyes stabbed, one of which is plucked out by a sword and then carried around in a net bag. Blood is collected in a vial and later drunk. A woman smacks a man’s face. A man attempts to stab a woman. Alice consumes some magical foods that cause her to grow or shrink, resulting in the need for her to find new attire. (No nudity is seen, but many of her impromptu clothes show her bares shoulders and back.) Cleavage is revealed in other charters’ costumes. A few sexual references are made, as well as a brief discussion about corsets and stockings. A married man is caught kissing another woman. A caterpillar smokes a hookah pipe. Language consists of a couple of mild expletives and the infrequent use of terms of deity.

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Fantastical worlds are also depicted in the movies MirrorMask, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (also staring Johnny Depp). Actor Johnny Depp (who plays the Mad Hatter) and director Tim Burton have worked on other projects together, including: The Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence, Frightening Scenes.
AB PG Violence, Frightening Scenes.
MB PG Frightening Scenes.
ON PG Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended for Young Children.
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Alice In Wonderland...

Release Date: 1 June 2010

Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton, releases to DVD and Blu-ray with the following featurettes:

- Finding Alice - Tim Burton’s vision for the characters.

- The Mad Hatter - The creation of Johnny Depp’s character.

- Effecting Wonderland - Behind-the-scenes look at the various technologies used.

Alice in Wonderland on Blu-ray also offers these featurettes:

- The Futterwacken Dance

- The Red Queen - The creation of Helena Bonham Carter character.

- Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen - Time-lapse photography showing Helena Bonham Carter transforming into her character.

- The White Queen - An interview with Anne Hathaway.

- Scoring Wonderland - Composer Danny Elfman.

- Stunts of Wonderland

- Making the Proper Size - A look at the visual effects process of growing and shrinking Alice.

- Cakes of Wonderland - Meet the creators of the cakes seen in the movie.

- Tea Party Props - With prop master Doug Harlocker.

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DaveB. says: Mar. 25, 2010

I found this review helpful and agree that younger children (ie. my 8 year old) might be disturbed by some of the cartoon “violence” or the scary Jabberwocky. The film editing was a little sloppy but overall this is a very well made film.

swhitson says: May. 26, 2010

The make-up, wardrobe, and size-changes alone (Alice is as big as a house, then small enough to fit inside of a teapot) will enchant kids of most ages. There is literally so much to see in the movie, that kids could watch the movie twenty times before all of the fine details were noted.

For that reason, I’ll definitely be checking out the DVD, which comes out on June 1.  www.foryourdisney.com has it available now for pre-order and are offering a $5 rebate and free movie poster for anyone who places their order early. 

For parents of younger viewers, though, be aware that the stunning sights of the film also include dramatic be-headings, wayward eyeballs, and Jabberwocky blood, making it all quite intense for most younger viewers.

The inspiring message to young people who can handle the visuals is that they can make their own decisions, do what is right without fear, and make the impossible possible.

Stirring message aside, I would recommend telling younger viewers about Tim Burton?s strong and bold Alice, but showing them Disney?s animated version of the film. For older kids and adults of all ages, rest assured Tim Burton?s Alice in Wonderland is a treat for the eyes, a trip for the imagination, and far more than just an adaptation of a children?s classic.

FYDMaryEllen says: Jun. 04, 2010

Agreed with the above reviews. I saw the film and loved it. glad I didn’t have my younger grandkids watch it…but everyone else loved it!

Movielover3 says: Jun. 13, 2010

I loved this movie, as did my family. They loved the adventure and fantasy, and enjoyed more than the original animated variation.

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