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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 25, 2010 at 10:59 AM

“Alice in Wonderland” draws near

Yesterday’s Stephen Fry post made me think about Tim Burton’s 3-D “Alice in Wonderland,” which opens in theaters Friday the 5th, and though I’m pretty distracted with all things Oscar at the moment (did you hear about the mess created by the “Hurt Locker” producer who went too far in trying to solicit votes?), I’m really looking forward to this movie. I love entering Burton’s visual imagination — nobody sees things quite the way this goth-meets-Gorey filmmaker does — and this down-the-rabbit-hole story should be perfect for him. The Los Angeles Times, also eagerly awaiting the movie, has been offering an interesting series of interviews with cast and crew members. Today’s is with character designer Michael Kutsche, a German-born illustrator who makes his movie-industry debut with “Alice in Wonderland.” How he got the job: Kutsche was contacted out of the blue by Sony (someone had seen his work online) and asked to draw a caterpillar — several illustrators, it appeared, were in competition for the gig. He did so, got the job, met with a Sony VP — and was finally told what movie he’d be working on. “I was totally like fainting,” he says, as you would.

So, why is a raven like a writing-desk? Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland” (Photo courtesy Walt Disney Pictures)

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