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Alice in Wonderland :: Red & White Wednesday

May 18, 2010

Alice in Wonderland's Red & White Wednesday

Exclusive Clip from the Bonus Features!!

Watch the exclusive clip, “Red Queen Props,” from the Blu-ray and DVD bonus features. The clip features the prop masters and actress Helena Bonham Carter discussing the character’s scepter, croquet mallet and spectacles.

Check out these key set images of both the Red Queen and the White Queen, including their Kingdoms!

The Red Queen - Iracebeth

The Red Queen's first name, Iracebeth, is a play on the word 'irascible', as she is easily irritated and quick to anger.
The tyrannical monarch of Underland, this large-headed ruler keeps a fearful reign on her subjects. She hates animals, choosing to use them as servants and furniture. ith her fiery temper and a propensity for tantrums when things are not to her liking, she is a formidable force, but she faces a battle of wits with Alice and the forces of Underland..
Actress Helena Bonham Carter's head was digitally increased three times its normal size using state-of-the-art animation technology. The actress took inspiration from her young daughter Nell, a toddler, stating that, "The Red Queen is just like a toddler, because she’s got a big head and she’s a tyrant. Toddlers have no sympathy for any living creature," adding, "Nell just bosses us around with no 'please' or 'thank yous.'"

Red QueenCourtesy of Disney

"Warn Pig Belly" Film Clip

Crims: Red Kingdom

Red KingdomCourtesy of Disney

The White Queen - Mirana

The younger sister of the Red Queen, she seeks to regain her throne from her big-headed sister, with Alice’s help. Seemingly all sweetness and light, there is a dark side to the White Queen – because she is, after all, related to her red-faced sister. The White Queen is very eccentric & dramatic.
Actress Anne Hathaway describes her interpretation of the White Queen as "a punk-rock vegan pacifist", with inspiration drawn from Blondie, Greta Garbo, and the artwork of Dan Flavin. Director Tim Burton also stated that the White Queen's appearance was inspired by Nigella Lawson. According to Hathaway, "She comes from the same gene pool as the Red Queen. She really likes the dark side, but she's so scared of going too far into it that she's made everything appear very light and happy. But she's living in that place out of fear that she won't be able to control herself."

White QueenCourtesy of Disney

Marmoreal: White Kingdom

White KingdomCourtesy of Disney

Red & White Wednesday Glossary Terms:

  • DOWNAL-WYTH-BLUDDY-BEHG-HID: “Down with the Red Queen” the slogan of the Resistance.
  • FRABJOUS DAY: The day Alice slays the Jabberwocky and frees Underland from the oppression of the Red Queen.
  • HORUNVENDUSH DAY: The day the Red Queen took control of Underland
  • JABBERWOCKY: A deadly creature, the Red Queen’s ultimate weapon
  • JUBJUB BIRD: A flying creature under the control of the Red Queen
  • OUTLANDISH: An old language spoken only in the Outlands adopted by the Underland underground resistance as a secret code in the revolution against the Red Queen


Alice in WonderlandCourtesy of Disney

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