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Checkmate! AICN's Got An Exclusive Tim Burton Sketch Of The Red Queen From ALICE IN WONDERLAND!

Beaks here...

Disney's been parceling out some very clever marketing materials over the last few weeks to help promote Tim Burton's upcoming ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Earlier this month, I received a ridiculously oversized tome for which I've yet to find a proper place on my bookshelf. Today, I've got something a bit more manageable: a super-cool Burton sketch of Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen. Check it out!

Here's the official character synopsis from Disney...

IRACEBETH, THE RED QUEEN (Helena Bonham Carter) is the tyrannical monarch of Underland. With her oversized head, fiery temper and propensity to scream for people’s heads to be chopped off, she rules her subjects through fear. “She’s got emotional problems,” says Bonham Carter. “It takes nothing, practically, for her to lose her temper. Her tantrums are that of a two-year-old.” Her younger sibling, the White Queen, has designs on the throne and crown that Iracebeth once stole from her.

For more sketches, hit up Cinematical, Yahoo! and IGN. I'm particularly excited that this is basically Tim Burton's RETURN TO WONDERLAND, with a certain emphasis on Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem "Jabberwocky". He could've very easily concocted a Burton-esque vision of Carroll's too-oft-told fairy tale, but, by all accounts, he's made the material his own (with assistance from screenwriter Linda Woolverton). ALICE IN WONDERLAND opens wide (in 3-D!) on March 5th.

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  • Jan. 27, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake


  • Jan. 27, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    200 years from now...

    by Mr Soze

    People are gonna look back and Tim Burton movies and Throw up.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Harry, can I have that?

    by idrinkyourmilkshake


  • Jan. 27, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Not sure what this accomplishes...

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    yes, the Red Queen is in the movie. We know what she looks like because we've all seen the trailer.</p><p>So I guess the point of this article is "Lookie what I got cuz I'm all important and stuff!"</p>

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    I'va always liked

    by blackwood

    Burton's sketches. Like a lazy Edward Gorey.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Looks familiar...

    by CrunchyMilk

    Oh yeah, I drew that in second grade.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Saw this at MOMA in NYC...

    by mtoppi1975

    Museum of Modern Art in New York is hosting a Tim Burton exhibit now through April, I think... Just went the other day and it was awesome! I recommend you go early, though: we showed up at 1pm and they sold out of tickets for the day. Plus, its packed and if you can get in early you'll get the pleasure of more time to really appreciate everything.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I'll take that book!

    by TheDudeinLA

    Harry I am a huge Alice in Wonderland own adaption will out there very soon. Keep a look out for one of my sketches in your e-mail...eyes only! Cool?

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    That drawing SCREAMS "Tim Burton"...

    by Pawprint

    Facially she looks like something from 'The Corpse Bride'.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    The head

    by cyberskunk

    That's interesting, when I saw the character in trailers for the movie, I did not get at all that her head and hair together were meant to be somewhat heart-shaped, but that's made explicit in the drawing, which I think I like more than the actress's appearance.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    You mean coitus?

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    the dude abides...

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    The hair looks like my sack...

    by art123guy

    ...just saying while the pic was loading, that's what it looked like.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    KILOWOG concept art

    by SpartacusHughes

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    The sketch looks better than what we're getting.

    by daggor

    I, too, didn't get the "heart-shaped head" from the live action version. The oversized head is also not working for me - would be better as stop-motion. On another note, this whole "Underland" thing is bullshit. "Hey - it's really named 'Underland,' despite the title of the film and the classic book it's based on. I'm an original writer!"

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    You may want to see a doctor.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    art123guy (Bwhahahahahahaha!)

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I just spit out my soda. I can't ever look at that hair ever again.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    is the big head new or old?

    by Bouncy X

    is that how she's described in the original books or was this simply a Burton idea?

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by Gh0ulardi

    yeah i dunno about this "Underland" thing either, it feels a lil' too "re-imaginey" to me.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Burton's ideas are 100 years old

    by TheDudeinLA

    John Tenniel the Original illustrator for Alice had drawn most of the 'humans' of Wonderland with big heads. Nightmare before X-Mas? Just look at John R Neil's illustrations he did for Frank L. Baum.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Careful, Dude

    by Sonny_Williams

    The complainers are easily confused by facts, they'd rather just pull stuff out of their ass to bitch about. Facts make their widdle heads hurt.<p> That said, really looking forward to this. Hope it'll become my favorite Burton movie, or at least not my most hated.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Me too

    by TheDudeinLA

    I am a huge fan of Alice. Can't wait.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    A "Return to Wonderland" concept is fine by me

    by hillvalley

    because it gives Burton an excuse to use the imagery of the Alice books w/o having to adapt the story. Every adaptation of Alice emphasizes the imagery over Carroll's tale, because the books are essentially a series of unconnected skits playing games with words and logic. There hasn't been an Alice on screen that's faithful to the text: They're just "Carroll's greatest hits" with a loose framing device.<p><p>This is why Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum and the Red Queen can interact with the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit (even though they exist in different realities), and The Jabberwocky is a living, breathing entity in Wonderland (or rather Through the Looking-Glass) instead of a fictional story-within-a-story.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    The most useless article ever

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    This would be cool and all if it was an exclusive first look at the film. However, considering there's a couple trailers out there, this is almost a step backward. I mean, I guess the artwork is cool and all, but since we all know the Queen in the film doesn't look much like that, and it's just another typical Burton/Carter collab, it just makes the final product seem even more disappointing.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Heart shaped hair was done before in

    by Dingbatty

    Bram Stoker's Dracula.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    And WTF is up with the DVD column?

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    I mean, this shit is so inconsitent it's just getting ridiculous. What does Harry do that's so time consuming that makes it impossible to get that goddamn column in on time? Watch movies all day, every day? Yeah that's what I thought. I mean, how fucking hard is it to write several sentences for like 10-15 DVDs a week? He's got a dream job, and loads of people around the world expect him to come through each week with some DVD picks, yet he almost never does. He should just hire someone to do it, because he sure as hell ain't gettin it done. When you post a DVD pick column 3 weeks late it kind of loses it's interest.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    skimn-I did and the doctor's name was...

    by art123guy

    ...Tim Burton! Coincidence? I think not! I'm suing for likeness infringement!

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by Kaladrax

    Looks like Stewie Griffin in drag!

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    TIm Burton, go away

    by YackBacker

    Enough, dude. I loved your stuff 20 years ago. But it's time to move along.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by mtoppi1975

    I can't completely disagree with you, though I probably wouldn't be as harsh about it. The DVD column is just the tip of the iceberg... Aintitcool has the potential to be really big and still looks like its small time. It could be an HTML design preference by the site owners to make it seem like its still "underground," but with other movie news sites better organized design-wise with proper space for advertising, I can't help but feel that the people who run this site could benefit from a great site designer - and some content editors! How completely jarring is it to read an article pockmarked with spelling and grammatical errors? Its 2010 and this site has to go pro or it will lose its readship share to other, better sites.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Red Queen isn't the same as Queen of Hearts, right?

    by Drath

    I don't remember the stories anymore, but have they combined the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts in this? They were two different characters in two different works if I remember correctly. Not that it matters, just wanted to make sure I'm not senile yet.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by cyberskunk

    You're right, the Red Queen is different from QoH. I'd forgotten. Red Queen is in Through the Looking-Glass. Wikipedia's entry on the movie says they two characters are combined but contains a spoiler about the character in the movie. If it's true, it sounds lame to me IMHO. Where I'm using lame to just mean I personally don't like the reason given about why she can't control her emotions.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by cyberskunk

    I don't really care about whether or not the characters are combined; it's the other part.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Aintitcool is the most corporate website ever

    by Comeuppance

    Tim Burton is not an artist - Sylvia Plath was an artist, go kill yourself

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    "He's made the material his own"

    by BurnHollywood

    Um, no, he hasn't. It's still Charles Dodgson's creation.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Harry is way cooler than the rest

    by jimbojones123

    For setting up links to the other exclusives. Not even a mention in the other articles. Once again proving AICN is so very accessible to its readers. Thanks for being a class act and putting your readers before your own self promotion.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    I just can't get excited about this

    by rabidfnark

    Ever since I saw Johnny Depp in all that makeup (I don't care how close to the source material it may be) and realized that he may as well be acting through it rather than in it. I don't like a lot of the costumes, actually. I was thrilled to hear that Depp and Helena Bohnam-Carter were cast in their perspective roles, but when I actually saw them (Especially, big headed Bohnam-Carter) my excitement ebbed. I don't see this being any better than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which also underwhelmed me. Off with my head!

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST


    by NotMalcolmReed

    the most pointless ever story on aicn was on the type of curtains (or was it lampshades) that would appear in eyes wide shut. this is close though.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Bullshit, there's been pointlesser AICN articles

    by Tall_Boy66

    Merrick wanting to start a column about Macs? AICN Games that lasted about a week? The Zone? The Jedi Council? Fucking excerpts from "Gone"!

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Holy SHIT! Tim Burton is mentally RETARDED!

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    You kinda knew though...

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Looks like Tim's a Pink Floyd fan

    by DarthJedi

    I could swear that bitch is on The Wall somwhere.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by TheMandrakeRoot

    Perhaps I was a little harsh, and to be honest, only a handful of times do I actually watch a film based on Harrys suggestion. Not to say his suggestions are bad, but a lot of the films he covers I would see anyway (or have seen for Blu releases). I do enjoy hearing about the rare and/or forgotten films that show up, but it's not even so much about the reviews. I just think if your running a movie news site - especially one with loads of readers - being punctual with weekly articles is important. It's really not asking much at seems like most sites can handle this just fine. I agree the site could use a serious update, as it probably alienates a lot of people who want something more fancy with more depth and options... I don't really mind though because this look will always be AICN to me. The grammar is seriously pathetic though, so easily fixable too.

  • Jan. 27, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    man a stopmotion one would have been a better way to make this


  • Jan. 28, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

    So, you're bragging to us about a "sketch" you've obtained

    by RedJester

    I drew better than this when I was 5. Seriously, the fact that this sketch can even remotely be called concept art is beyond laughable! Some friends of mine actually do concept art for a living, and this kiddie drawing being called concept art is an insult to how amazing real conceptual art truly is. Stupidest article ever. Most crappy excuse for conceptual art ever. Probably will be the dumbest movie ever as well.

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't take this sketch if it were free, CHECKMATE!

    by RedJester

    It's a good thing this isn't a contest for the "artwork" as I had initially thought. You couldn't pay me to take that thing! Seriously, my sisters 3 year old kid draws better.

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST

    I wish they were CALLING it "Return to Wonderland"...

    by Admonisher

    As a librarian and Carroll fan, the appropriation of the name ticks me off!

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST


    by yodalovesyou

    Brilliant. One of the few directors with his own 'Identity'. Kevin Smith agrees.

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Could be worse

    by NippleEffect

    could be looking at carters greasy oiled gelatinous cleavage again

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    re: Kevin Smith agrees

    by NippleEffect

    and then his hanger on broski friend creeps up next to you and asks you if you'd like to sniff his finger

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 5:14 a.m. CST

    I thought Burton had totally lost his touch...

    by henrydalton

    and then I re-watched Sweeny Todd the other day. It's even better than I remembered, not up there with his all-time best but a HELL of a lot better than his recent output. Hopefully that'll end up being the beginning of a return to form for him and continued with Alice.

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Reboot Ain't It Cool News

    by Amazing Maurice

    With Nathan Fillion.

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST


    by yodalovesyou

    In the words of Detective David Mills - Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, "Wow. It is amazing how unbelievably fucked up I am!"

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    This looks horrible.

    by Mr Gorilla

    Next to the likes of Del Toro, Cuaron, Nolan and others, Burton's flights into fantasy seem featherweight. The best you can ever say about his movies is that they are well-designed.

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Wish I could have made that Burton show at MoMA.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST the wiry line. Some of you guys are simpletons.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST



    More Tim Burton goth crap...what more could anyone want!

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    So he had his wife in mind the whole time, eh?

    by ColonelFatheart

    Just look at that noggin!

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Flicka, the MoMa Burton show runs thru April 26

    by ColonelFatheart

    There's still time! A art-inclined friend of mine just went. She said the early years stuff it made her feel insignificant and lazy since it was so well done.

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Mtoppi and TheMandrakeRoot, my sentiments exactly, gentlemen

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    I thought I was one of the few who deplored many things about this site, namely it's layout, lazy news stories, product shilling, and archaic lack of user-friendliness - amongst other things. In fact, some dickhead (who shall remain nameless) once told me to shut up and stop complaining. So it seemed like most were happy with the mediocrity presented here. <p>But yes, this site is really third-rate, and my in-depth feelings on it and towards some of the writers and articles here (and especially Harry) would probably get me banned, so I won't go into them. But AICN is really circling the drain in terms of content, presentation and professionalism. I guess I still come here out of misguided nostalgia. But the bottom-line is this - Harry doesn't care. He is simply unwilling, or unable, to change. Never has, never will.<p>And on that note, is anyone else here occasionally automatically directed to other spam websites frpm this page, despite having security measures? Doesn't seem like these pages are very secure at all.

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    You guys don't *have to* read the site...

    by frozen01

    you know that, right? <p>Usually, when you don't like something, you stop consuming it. Oh, you might continue to bitch about it elsewhere, true. But this is like spending hours on Facebook writing notes about the stupid dual-layout, the constant crashes, or the needless work of having to sort through all of your friends' auto-generated game notices. Actually, I take that back... that would make more sense. You might need FB to connect with people you only see once or twice a year... you don't need to read AICN. There are plenty of other sites. <p>And no, I'm never automatically directed anywhere. And I'm using IE *LOL*

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    FETT is right

    by Proman1984

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I hope to be like Burton in that....

    by alienindisguise

    one day I can scribble shit in 10 seconds and call it concept art instead of having to bust my ass for work on films no one will ever see.

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by NippleEffect

    the queer @ twat affectation is very precious<p> I don't have to wake up for that<br> I get high on stupidity and greed<br> I'm surrounded by that

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    What happened to the "Ed Wood" Burton?

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    That movie was so good, none of Burton's stupid quirky shit, every actor on there at the top of his game, Johnny Depp's best role ever, a lovable movie for one of the most underrated filmmakers ever, a great testament to the love of b-movies in all of us, Bill freakin MURRAY? I'm convinced it's one of those cellestially touched movies.

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Im a humongous fan of Tim Burton!

    by Watch_The_Birdie

    And I don't like people who badmouth him, so back off!

  • Jan. 28, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    "Super-cool" sketch????

    by Skraggo

    That thing looks like shit. Honestly. What's "super-cool" about it? The sub-retarded way in which it has been rendered? Man, I seriously don't get all the love for this movie. It looks terrible. And excrutiatingly irritating. The thought of listening to Bonham-Carter incessantly screeching "Off with her head!" ad nauseum is not my idea of entertainment. Burton knocked it out of the park with "Ed Wood" and then decided to churn out eye-rolling tripe pretty much exclusively thereafter. Quite frankly, the only redeeming feature of this entire article is the link to the Green Lantern concept art posted in TB above. It fills me with a hope that, sadly, is sure to be dashed against the sharp, pointy rocks of Hollywood's cluelessness.

  • Jan. 29, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    anyone thinking of @'ing me

    by NippleEffect

    I'm not fucking tila tequela<br> I don't fucking want to be tila tequila<p> In case you didn't know there were means and modes of communicating before Demi Moore's man whore took a crap on twitter<p> So anyone feeling a need to @ me<br> Go feel yourself up in front of a mirror<br> That's just how significant you are<p> Go join tilia's zombie army and wait for kutcher's next bowel movement

  • Jan. 29, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Did you get the book that opens up and

    by gotilk

    reveals several other smaller books and finally a USB key? That thing looked like a blast.

  • Jan. 29, 2010, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Tim Burton needs to break out

    by Ray Gamma

    He is possibly the most predictable filmmaker alive today. What's next? "The Wizard of Oz" starring Johnny Depp as the scarecrow, and Helena Bonham Carter as Dorothy?

  • Jan. 29, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    So exclusive,

    by cookylamoo

    It's on every other bus shelter in New York.

  • Jan. 29, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Tim really needs to make a real movie

    by SmokingRobot

    And not a 'Tim Burton' movie.

  • Jan. 29, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Ray Gamma

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    What's funny is he probably will do Wizard of Oz eventually, very predictable choice for him just like Alice.

  • Jan. 29, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    More future movies by Tim Burton

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Adventures of Baron Munchausen <p> The Many Faces of Dr. Lao (gee i wonder who the fuck would be playing him HMMMM) <p> Charlie and the Chocolate Factory .... oh shit he did this already. <p> Robin Hood (Johnny Depp will juice it to get in the tights) <p> Harvey <p> The Princess Bride

  • Jan. 29, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Burton Should Have Done THE LOOKING GLASS WARS

    by Buzz Maverik

    Johnny Depp would have made a great Hatter Madigan, with Helena as kind of a Bellatrix LeStrange style Aunt Redd. You've got the Cheshire Cat as a half human assassin, Lewis Carroll as an idiot, Alice who was born as the Princess of Wonderland, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee as a warrior able to split into two bodies.

  • Jan. 29, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    It looks like the illustration from every Roald Dahl book

    by beefywhore


  • Jan. 30, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton, please just fucking die already.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • Jan. 30, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Burton's concept art is always awesome

    by MattmanReturns

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Dr. Samuel Loomis....the universe works in mysterious ways...

    by Wordage

    Wishing death on someone, even a random celebrity...never a good move. God is a practical joker...don't be surprised if someone you love suddenly passes.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Hard to believe he was a Disney animator and artist

    by JT Kirk

    Not that there isn't some level of creativity buried in the rather crude artwork presented here, but damn is there no polish at all.

  • Feb. 5, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    She looks like the alien from Mars Attacks!

    by Watch_The_Birdie

    What with the heart-shaped head of hers.

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