You have to hand it to Tim Burton. As crazy awful as Hollywood can be, this canny visual stylist somehow manages to hang onto his imagination and personal imprint while navigating the studio system with aplomb. And most of his films--even art-house opera Sweeney Todd--are accessibly commercial. (Next up: a remake of my fave childhood vampire soap opera, Dark Shadows.)
Burton is aided and abetted by producer Richard Zanuck, who protects him from much of the noise. Going into Comic-Con, I'm betting that aside from "game-changer" Avatar (see the LAT's ten must-attend Comic-Con events) Burton's latest, Disney's 3-D Alice in Wonderland will be the big pop at Comic-Con. Which means it will be hard to top. It's just about the first thing to show there. It also marks, clearly, the deepest Burton has gone into the VFX/CG universe. He has used CG sparingly, trying to use mechanical effects whenever possible. But this is clearly a trip to that side of the looking glass.
Look at this trailer. Alice in Wonderland looks like an ideal match-up of artist and material.
Originally posted on Variety.com