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Originally published in 1865, Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” changed forever the course of children's literature. For director Tim Burton, the prospect of being able to put his own fresh spin on such a timeless classic as "Alice in Wonderland” was impossible to resist. "It's so much a part of the culture,” he reflects of Carroll's tale that has inspired numerous stage, television and film adaptations. "So whether you've read the story or not, you'll know certain images or have certain ideas about it. It's such a popular story.” "I'm a huge fan of the book,” says Johnny Depp, who stars in the film as the Mad Hatter. "It's such a beast in terms of invention, of literary achievement. It's as brilliant and as fresh and as new and as interesting today as it was then.”

"Lewis Carroll had a remarkable mind and these books just transcend time and place,” says Woolverton. "The characters are all so wild and funny, and there's a little bit of us in all of them: The Red Queen, in her rages; Alice's wonder at everything she sees around her; and The Hatter's tragedy. It makes for great cinema.”

"The imagination and creativity of the book is so unique and remarkable,” says producer Jennifer Todd. "There's something to the images, and the characters, and the outlandishness of the book that really resonates with people.”

With the success of "Alice,” Carroll (the pen name for Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics at Christchurch University in Oxford, England) became the leading children's author of his day, and he followed it six years later with "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There,” which was even more popular than its predecessor. Today, both books tend to be published together under the title "Alice in Wonderland,” and their continued influence can be seen in everything from music videos to films, comic books to computer games, opera to art.

"One of the reasons why Lewis Carroll's characters work so well in cinema is because they're wildly imaginative and there's no one way to interpret them,” says Anne

Hathaway, who stars as the White Queen. "Because Lewis Carroll played around with words and concepts, and because the characters appeal to the imagination, I feel there are as many interpretations as there are imaginations in the world. It depends on what your take is.”

"It somehow taps a subconscious thing,” says Burton of his source material. "That's why all those great stories stay around because they tap into the things that people probably aren't even aware of on a conscious level. There's definitely something about those images. That's why there have been so many versions of it.

"As a movie, it's always been about a passive little girl wandering around a series of adventures with weird characters. There's never any kind of gravity to it,” Burton continues. "The attempt with this was to take the idea of those stories and shape them into something that's not literal from the book but keeps the spirit of it.”

"I truly believe that Lewis Carroll would be ecstatic because the movie is done with such respect and is rooted deeply in the original material,” Depp says. "This story by Carroll, along with the characters, under Tim Burton's vision is a real treat.”

"Now as a girl on the cusp of adulthood, Alice goes back. And there she discovers that the real name of the world is Underland.” -Linda Woolverton, screenwriter

Incorporating characters, story elements and central themes from Carroll's books, director Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland” takes the stories to new heights, so to speak, featuring a grown-up Alice as she returns to the place she visited as a child.

Screenwriter Linda Woolverton pitched the idea to producers Joe Roth and Suzanne and Jennifer Todd. "Linda came u

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