Internationally acclaimed director Tim Burton will put his own unique stamp on the classic tale — and it is being heavily rumoured that Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp will star as the Mad Hatter. The film, which is due for release inwill be shown in 3-D, and has all the hallmarks of a massive box office hit. The pair have teamed up on numerous other major films, like the recent smash-hit Sweeney Todd.
Origins[ edit ] There are numerous theories about the origins of the phrase "grinning like a Cheshire Cat" in English history.
A possible origin of the phrase is one favoured by the people of Cheshirea county in England which boasts numerous dairy farms; hence the cats grin because of the abundance of milk and cream.
This phrase owes its origin to the unhappy attempts of a sign painter of that country to represent a lion rampant, which was the crest of an influential family, on the sign-boards of many of the inns. The resemblance of these lions to cats caused them to be generally called by the more ignoble name.
A similar case is to be found in the village of Charlton, between Pewsey and Devizes, Wiltshire. He grins like a Cheshire cat; said of any one who shows his teeth and gums in laughing. On their own, either of these would have been something to grin about.
Importantly, the county was described as a "palatinate" from the s and was promoted to be a "principality" infollowing the support its men gave King Richard II. No other English county has been honoured in this way or was accorded such unusually wide privileges.
These included its own "borderland" laws and taxes, and a considerable measure of independence from national government, which persisted into the sixteenth century. These privileges attracted many who "arrived as fugitives from justice and this seems to have become the principal motivation [for escaping to Cheshire from the Kings laws] as the Middle Ages wore on".
Certainly, dictionaries show the word "caitiff" derived from Old French or Anglo-Norman in terms such as "cowardly or base villain" or "mean despicable fellow", and with its diminutive "cat" meaning "a 'sharp' fellow"  as in the beat generation idiom.
Lewis Carroll's character[ edit ] The Cheshire Cat is now largely identified with the character of the same name in Lewis Carroll's novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Alice first encounters the Cheshire Cat at the Duchess 's house in her kitchen, and later on the branches of a tree, where it appears and disappears at will, and engages Alice in amusing but sometimes perplexing conversation.
The cat sometimes raises philosophical points that annoy or baffle Alice ; but appears to cheer her when it appears suddenly at the Queen of Hearts ' croquet field; and when sentenced to death, baffles everyone by having made its head appear without its body, sparking a debate between the executioner and the King and Queen of Hearts about whether a disembodied head can indeed be beheaded.
At one point, the cat disappears gradually until nothing is left but its grin, prompting Alice to remark that "she has often seen a cat without a grin but never a grin without a cat". The name Pusey was suggested by Alice's deferential address of the cat as "Cheshire Puss".
Pusey was an authority on the fathers of the Christian Churchand in Carroll's time Pusey was known as the Patristic Catenary or chainafter the chain of authority of Church patriarchs.
As a mathematician, Carroll would have been well familiar with the other meaning of catenary: What kind of a cat can grin? Wilfrid's Church tower in Grappenhalla village adjacent to his birthplace in DaresburyCheshire. Carroll saw a representative British Shorthair illustrated on a label of Cheshire cheese.
Other non-media contexts that embrace the Cheshire Cat include music, business, and science. A Cheshire cat stuffed toy from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Several LSD blottersone of which features the Cheshire Cat's face as depicted in the film Prior to when Walt Disney released an animated adaptation of the story see belowthere were few post-Alice allusions to the character.
Eliot had the Cheshire Cat in mind when writing Morning at the Window, but notes no other significant allusions in the pre-war period. See generally the lyrics to White Rabbit by the rock group Jefferson Airplane. He frequently sings the first verse of the Jabberwocky poem.
He sings a morose song called "There's No Way Home", which simply drives Alice to try and find a way home even more.May 03, · Tim Burton Net Worth $80 Million. Tim was born in Ca, in a family group of Bill and Jean Burton. While his dad was a former baseball participant and Re-Creation Department employee, his mom ran a small-scale private company.
Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton, ) The film is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland () and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There ().
Alice Mixed Media Journal Page (Testing Mermaid Markers) Today I have a fun little journal page that took me waaaay down the rabbit hole, with one of the new Fowler Face stencils from Artist Cellar!
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The first screen Alice in Wonderland, produced by Cecil Hepworth in , was the longest British film made at that date, at around feet. In his memoir, Hepworth – who co-directed the film with Percy Stow and played the frog footman – remembered.
Mar 03, · Disney presents a film directed by Tim Burton. Written by Linda Woolverton, based on the books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
Running time: minutes. Rated PG (for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and a smoking caterpillar).3/5.