After months of speculation and handfuls of crazy-looking production stills, the trailer for “Alice in Wonderland” — one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2010 — finally hit the Internet. The movie stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and is directed by “Beetlejuice” director Tim Burton. The trailer is vintage Burton: Equal parts scary and silly, gorgeous and hideous. The image of Alice (played by Mia Wasikowska) shrinking into her dress and the various shots of the Cheshire Cat are all pretty amazing.
The definitive “Alice in Wonderland” moment in rock music remains Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers‘ 1985 clip for “Don’t Come Around Here No More.” Petty plays the Mad Hatter like a laid-back stoner uncle (not much of a stretch, really), which is far away from the mania that Depp seems to be bringing to his version of the role. One consistent item? Both Petty and Depp are wearing fantastically ridiculous maroon top hats. It’s a timeless look, and it somehow suits both men well. Need more connections? Okay! Tom Petty made a video for “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” in 1993 that starred Kim Basinger, who played Vicki Vale in 1989’s “Batman,” which was directed by Tim Burton.