Wednesday, January 02, 2008

All About Alice

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named D. She fell in love with a couple of books by Lewis Carroll called "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There." These stories didn't play by the rules. They were wild, creative unbridled fun in an imaginary land with a cast of crazy characters and a witty young girl who could hold her own amongst them. It opened up D's idea of literature and storytelling. The possibilities were endless. She would never be the same.

As D grew up, her obsession also grew. She rode the Alice in Wonderland ride and the Mad Hatter's Teacups in Disneyland a dozen times. She collected Alice dolls. She re-read the books. She memorized the poems. There was something about Wonderland that kept drawing her back.

One day, a game designer named American McGee created a game called "Alice". It took the Wonderland world and characters to a whole new level. Now Alice was a distraught teenager in a mental asylum and her struggle through Wonderland was a struggle not to find the white rabbit or her way home, but to find her sanity. D loved this game and its re-imagining of the Wonderland world. She squealed with glee and played it for hours. She even dressed up as this version of Alice for a costume party and forced her poor, loving, obliging husband to dress up as the Cheshire Cat.

Now D is all grown up, but she still visits Wonderland. When she reads the stories, she feels like a child again and her heart sings with all the imagination and magic and witty fun. Her obsession is still so very much alive, that she created a website (still under construction) with a Wonderland theme, as well as a related blog (Storm in a Teacup - get it?).

So yesterday, when her dear friend Raven (also a co-owner of the Wonderland website and someone just as obsessed with Wonderland) e-mailed her this article, D could hardly contain her excitement. Her favorite director, Tim Burton, was going to do a film based on Alice, some of her favorite stories! This film is set for a 2010 release, so the wait will be long. However, a film based on the "Alice" video game is currently in production and set for a July 2008 release. Although, in a horrible casting decision, the plucky British teenage Alice with attitude is being played by...Sarah Michelle Gellar. Sigh. If only Tim Burton was doing both versions... Either way, and regardless of any misguided casting, D will be first in line at the theater for both shows, ready to take another magical trip into Wonderland. Will you come follow her down the rabbit's hole...?


Raven said...

You know I'll be there! I am so excited as well! I can hardly contain my excitement.

Raven said...

.....Besides, I am already down the "Rabit Hole" with you!

D.L. White said...

True. You and I have our official citizenship for Wonderland. You're there with me. (And you're also, it seems, the only person who still reads this blog...)

Mike Olbinski said...

Sarah Michelle Gallar? Ugh.

D.L. White said...

Yeah. My thoughts exactly. And if you've ever seen the character of Alice in the game, then you really know why she's a bad casting choice.

Btw - that makes 2 people who still read my blog. lol :P Thanks for the post!

Elizabeth C. said...

I've never heard of that game, but it sounds like one I'd like to play. Is it still available?

You looked so scary as "Crazy Alice"!!! And your sweet hubby made a great Cheshire Cat. You two are the best!

Can't wait to see the movies! And you've inspired me to re-read the books.

D.L. White said...

Hi Elizabeth - the game is out of print. I was thinking I'd let you borrow our copy but it's for PC. Looks like you can get a used copy on Amazon re-sellers for the Mac for about $30. Check it out.

It was fun to whack the playing cards with your croquet mallet. The Cheshire Cat is your guide through the game and he has a wicked sense of humor. The game had a nice mix of fighting and puzzle solving. Plus the gaming environment and the music were really beautiful.

Kathleen said...

You know, I believe that Milla Jovoitch would have made the most perfect Alice for American McGee's move. She would have been much better then Sarah Michelle (Ghellar) Prince Jr. I think she offically changed her name too. I hope someone talks to the casting director about this before they start filming.

D.L. White said... has the movie listed as being in "pre-production" so I guess we can hope the casting will change.

Milla would have definitely been able to nail down the spunky attitude and the action sequences (and of course, as her fans know, Milla is a wonderland-Alice-fanatic). However, I think she's too old to play this version of Alice.

I still think they should have hired an unknown teenage British actress. Or even if it was a famous actress, they could at least get someone British, or at the very least, at least someone with a dark evil streak in their acting to match this Alice's dark wit and disturbed mind.

Kathleen said...

I love it when they hired a non-famous actor for a new film like this and you just fall in love with them. That would have been lovely. I know there has to be new Brittish tallent out there that would have made the movie amazing. It's like what happened with the orignial Star Wars. Almost none of those actors were famous before the movie and look what it did for their careers and we have a life time to love them and see what they do. Your probably right, Milla is too old to play Alice now. If they had made the movie 5 years ago with her it would have turned out great.