American McGee on Tim Burton’s Alice

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Alice : Madness Returns is American McGee’s second stab at a darker, more cynical twisted look at Alice in Wonderland. From everything we’ve seen so far, it looks just as fantastic as the original.

What does it’s creator, American McGee think of Hollywood’s darker take on the tale, as directed by Tim Burton? Not much, apparently.

"I didn’t like it," McGee told Kotaku. "It was scattered. Alice In Wonderland needs to be about Alice,"  adding that "They had all the ingredients right,then they diluted it."

And frankly, he’s right. Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the looking glass have stuck with me since childhood, and helped develop my love of the absurd (and portmanteaus). Tim Burton’s take on it though was pretty damned awful – with tacked on, rubbish 3D effects to boot. There was far too much focus on the accent-challenged Mad Hatter and the unfortunately proportioned Red Queen. Whether that’s a result of Burton’s perpetual hard-on for Johnny Depp and real-life spouse Helena Bonham-Carter or Disney’s meddling doesn’t matter; the result was rubbish.

American McGee’s Alice was supposed to be turned in to a film, directed by horror-master and Nightmare on elm street creator Wes Craven – but got tied up by bureaucracy. It may still happen, but according to McGee it’s “not something we can talk about right now." Should it eventually happen, I have no doubt it would be a better film than Burton’s Abortion in Wonderland.

Source : Kotaku

Last Updated: September 17, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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