“Alice In Wonderland” director Tim Burton was on stage in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center when he reportedly said he wanted his “imaginary friend” to join him on the stage. Johnny Depp then appeared and the crowd erupted with cheers and screams of joy.
Johnny Depp surprised fans at the Disney 3-D panel at San Diego Comic-Con by unexpectedly showing up at the end of Tim Burton’s presentation of footage from “Alice in Wonderland.” Depp didn’t answer questions and only appeared briefly at the event.
The shocking addition of Depp to the stage was a great end to the panel discussion, which began with filmmaker Tim Burton. In a presentation that included a teaser trailer from the film in 3-D, Burton laughed about all the wacky characters who populate the world of his version of “Alice in Wonderland,” including the Mad Hatter, played by Depp; the Red Queen, played by Helena Bonham Carter; and the White Queen, played by Anne Hathaway. “Looks like a freak show, doesn’t it?” the director laughed while the character images graced the screen.
Burton said the “Alice in Wonderland” film doesn’t stick exactly to the book by Lewis Carroll, but instead takes the characters and various scenes from the book and molds them into an updated story. “It’s all based on [the book],” he said. “This material’s seen a lot of film versions of it — we tried to take all the elements of it and weaved it into a story that had some motion to it and emotion to it, and not just a series of events.”
The footage showed everyone from Stephen Fry’s Cheshire Cat, which was so creepy that Burton said, “This confirms my hatred of cats” to images of Alice shrinking. It ended with Alice saying, “That’s impossible,” to which the Mad Hatter replies, “Only if you believe it is.”
During the question-and-answer portion of the panel, Burton was asked which of his films is his favorite. ” ‘[Edward] Scissorhands’ is important to me. It’s special and had some thematic things,” he said of the film that also starred Johnny Depp as the title character. “I like bits and pieces of all of them. I don’t watch them after I do them, but they’re all special in different ways.”