Battle of The Alices: Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland Vs. American McGee's Alice


Posted March 3, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

I don't know about you, but when I first saw the trailer to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (in theaters this Friday), it seemed very familiar. The CGI characters and darker, more mature take on the Alice in Wonderland story made me think of American Mcgee's Alice, that cult-favorite PC and Mac game that came out a decade(!) ago. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean:

Alice in Wonderland:

American McGee's Alice

There are bound to be many similarities in artistic works based on the same source material, and I seriously doubt Disney's film is going to delve deeply into the Insanity aspect of American McGee's work, but the overlap is interesting -- the overall vibe of both works seem pretty similar, and some of the characters seem pretty similar as well.

I'm not saying that Tim Burton stole anything from McGee -- in fact, you could say McGee owes some of his stylish flair to Burton's earlier, cultish movies-- but both Alice and Alice in Wonderland are the product of idiosyncratic auters taking a classic piece of "cultish" literature and turning it inside out. It's cool how, in this case, gaming seems to have beaten Hollywood to the Alice punch by a full ten years.

Either way, I'll be at the Arclight Theater this Friday night checking out Tim Burton's movie... either that or I'll stay home and read Lewis Carrol's original book, then watch Czechoslovakian animator Jan Svankmajer's Alice, which is came out in 1988 and is definitely weirder than both Burton and McGee's takes on the classic tale.

So which Alice is the best, readers?

Battle of The Alices: Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland Vs. American McGee's Alice


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