MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!
The WINNER IS JEN!! Congrats to her and thanks to everyone who entered!
On June 1st, Disney is releasing the Tim Burton version of the Alice in Wonderland movie on DVD and Blu-ray. They gave me a copy of the movie to review and GIVEAWAY to one lucky reader!
The movie came Friday afternoon and both kids were very excited! We agreed we would make popcorn and make it a special family movie night being that even dad who normally works 3-11 shift was home from work tonight.
One of the first lines of the movie which popped out at me right away was Alice's father who said: "The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible." With an emphasis on achieve and believe. I knew from then it would be a movie to remember.
My daughter decided she was scared within the first half hour - not sure why this was but we lost her shortly after as she fell asleep and she was more excited about it than anyone...maybe another time during the day - it might become her favorite! She is only 5 and loses interest pretty quickly even on not so scarey movies. She did watch it again with her brother the next day and seemed to enjoy it.
My son who's 8 really enjoyed the movie, he asked questions and pointed out details like the horsefly and the dragonfly, was curious the entire time and when I asked him if there was a lesson he told me, "To believe you can do what you didn't think you could do". I thought it quite insightful from him. He said his favorite part was when Alice slayed the Jabberwocky, talked about the Jabberwocky the next day and requested to watch the movie again.
I would recommend this movie for families and children over the age of five as it was more enjoyable and insightful for my eight year old. I think if the movie were not so "dark", it would not have seemed scarey to my daughter. I also think it gave my son something to think about in believing he can do things he didn't think he could.
"Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
—Alice, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland
• Finding Alice – It’s all things Alice. This featurette includes Tim Burton’s vision for the characters, differences from the book and Disney’s version of Alice and how she evolves as both a character and actor as she takes an adventure through Wonderland.
• The Mad Hatter – Audiences are provided with a deeper look into the world of the Mad Hatter. Check out Johnny Depp’s early sketches, make-up, costumes and how they digitally enhanced his eyes.
• Effecting Wonderland – A behind-the-scenes piece on the different technologies used to create some of the most beloved characters in the film – Stayne, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Bandersnatch and the Red Queen.
Everything on the DVD plus:
• The Futterwacken Dance – Futterwhat? Check out the making of the timeless dance called the Futterwacken.
• The Red Queen – The creation of the Red Queen from start to finish, including early Tim Burton sketches showcasing costume designs, make-up and digital effects.
• Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen – A short time-lapse piece showing Helena Bonham Carter as she gets her make-up done. A three-hour process can be watched in just a few short minutes.
• The White Queen – An interview with Anne Hathaway, who plays Wonderland’s good queen, about her character’s journey throughout the process of the film.
• Scoring Wonderland – Composer Danny Elfman and Tim Burton discuss the music for the movie.
• Stunts of Wonderland – A featurette highlighting some of the biggest stunts in the film.
• Making the Proper Size – An inside look at the visual effects process of growing and shrinking Alice. See how filmmakers used different techniques to stay true to the storyline.
• Cakes of Wonderland – Take a trip to “Cake Divas” where the creators of the EAT ME cakes provide viewers with details about how they made the smallest crumb to the largest cake in scale.
• Tea Party Props – Tea cups, saucers, cakes and more. Prop master Doug Harlocker gives an overview of all the props used to bring the famous tea party scene together visually.
"This is my dream,” declares Alice. “I’ll decide where it goes from here. I make the path.” It’s the purest expression of what it means to be a protagonist—in a movie, and in life. “Alice, at last,” says Absalom the caterpillar, as she makes the choice to fight the Jabberwocky.
But isn’t this what life is about? Aren’t we all dreaming six impossible things before breakfast?
· That your child, who is still in bed, will get up in time to catch the carpool to school ten minutes from now.
· That you will finish that project, no matter how many dishes are stacked up in the sink.
· That you will not only survive whatever life tosses at you, you will thrive.
· That women can be the protagonist of their own story.
· That “he” can mean “she.”
· That, as with Alice at the end of the movie, shipping off to some far port to learn the merchant trading business, the end of one adventure means the beginning of another. Hello, Absalom, now transformed into a butterfly. Hello, wisdom. Hello to our children and ourselves.
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