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Kitty was always the Red Queen.Notice how Through the Looking-Glass ends with the Red Queen turning into said kitten. Also note how the Red Queen was in charge throughout Alice's surreal adventures. By encouraging her to become a Queen, she manages to forestall the White side's victory. Even Alice believes Kitty was the Red Queen, as evidenced by her behavior in the last chapter.
Alice is the third Alice from Alice Human sacrificeBecause she becomes the queen.
The Cheshire Cat is a hyper-dimensional beingHe exists in four spatial dimensions. He moves parts of him in and out of Wonderland's space to make it seem to Alice they disappear and reappear.
Everyone is highExtremely high, it's a wonder Alice didn't damage her brain with this trip.
The carpenter from the animated Disney adaptation is the original Fix-It-Felix, and the father of Fix-It-Felix Jr of Disney's Wreck-It Ralph.Hence why they look startlingly alike, and why the Carpenter carries a magic hammer.
Alice is schizophrenic.Yes, it's cliched and bad, but so many Gothic Grimmifications had been made by the time that this troper had read the original that it made too much sense and brought down the humor at points.
The Mad Hatter is high on mercury.It Makes Sense in Context, especially if you know where his name comes from.
The Mad Hatter suffered from lead poisoning.
The Mad Hatter IS Willy Wonka
Alice fell down the rabbit hole and broke her neck, and the whole book from then on was her Dying Dream. Gotta get these DD-WMG's in there somehow.
Because Alice is a Heart Princess she'll never grow upYes certainly Princess Alice hasn't grown up in over a hundred years thus can exist in both 1865 (anime/book/movie of Alice in Wonderland) as well as 1991 (television series Adventures in Wonderland). They are the same girl, simply adopted into a new family in second scenerio.
Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk?
Alice's "Dreams" are drug inducedWith all the crazy things she's dreamed of, they can't be just normal dreams of any sane person. No, you'd have to be on some serious crack for those sort of hallucinations. In the first book, when she goes to Wonderland, what really happened was Alice had been running through a field of poppies before she tripped. Being only a child during this time, she most likely wouldn't have known that opium came from poppies thus was contently breathing in the scent before it started to take effect. She fell over in the field and her "dream" of Wonderland was only her hallucinating from the opium. In the next book, we don't necessarily see what Alice had been doing before she was playing with her cats. And after the first opium incident, one can assume that by now she's most likely an addict on the stuff and regular goes off to indulge in opium when no one is looking. So before playing with her cats she was already highly drugged up and just waiting to collapse in a slumber of a drug induced state. This of course led to another string of hallucinations.
The Duchess is the Queen of Hearts' mother.I think in the Annotated Alice, Martin Gardner mentioned that their relationship may have been a parody of Queen Victoria's with her own mother. So, perhaps the reason for their hatred of each other was because the Duchess tried to control her daughter or tried to prevent her from taking over Wonderland?
The Cheshire Cat is the only sane character there. Or is he?There is a lot of mysteries left unexplained in the books, especially where Cheshire-puss is concerned. Now, Cheshire claims to be mad, right? But if he is aware he is mad, isn't he sane? But wouldn't only a mad person claim to be mad when they really were sane? Perhaps he's a character similar to the Joker and Deadpool and is gifted with medium awareness. Maybe he's even a boojum...
Wonderland is Faery and all its inhabitants are The Fair FolkThose of you who are hardcore Carrollians are probably aware of the fact that while a devout Christian, Dodgson also had an interest in the paranormal. Therefore, he may have heard about Faery and the Fair Folk (though this is unlikely, seeing what the Fairies- noute the spelling -in Sylvie and Bruno are supposed to be like). Anyway, you have to admit that the way some of the characters Alice encounters possess elements of a Blue and Orange Morality. And could cheshire-puss be a Cait Sidhe (Irish for "faery cat")? Also note the whole idea of time having stopped during the March Hare's tea-party. According to most legends, time stops in Tir na n'Og.
Wonderland is our afterlife.Just don't ask me how Alice got there.
Alice is a human that was time-scooped into The Game of RassilonAnd everything else was time-scooped as well.
The story can be seen as a metaphor for Autism.I know that's not the author's intent, but, hear me out. Many of the characters found in Wonderland can be seen as metaphors for the various traits of Autistic children. The White Rabbit represents the obsessive-compulsive nature many people in Autism have. Both the March Hare and Mad Hatter represent the classic ritualistic behaviors found in Autistic people. The Cheshire Cat represents the random quirks or unsusual sense of humor. And, the Queen Of Hearts represents the over-emotional side people with Autism sometimes express.
Wonderland and Looking-Glass Land are both dream worlds, but they became real because Alice willed them into existence.Alice is actually a budding Reality Warper whose dreams willed these strange worlds to life. As such, the Wonderlanders themselves are a collective group of Tulpas. Whether or not Alice figured out that she made them real is up to you to decide.
Wonderland was not inspired by any drugs, and runs purely on imagination and dream logic...Because seriously, it's getting old. "She's on LSD" is about the most lazy interpretation of the book.
Guesses specific to the Tim Burton film
The White Queen was a Manipulative BitchAs a kid, she used the Wounded Gazelle Gambit and tearful eyes to get everything she wanted and blame it on her aggressive older sister (she probably tortured animals too, hence her vow). However, White eventually grew out of it and matured while Red held on to the grudge and got worse, which cost her the kingdom of Underland.
The entire film is an opium tripAlice, pressured from being a nineteen year old woman in the 1800s falls back on her old habits of her childhood experimentation with opium, the darker Wonderland is symbolic of her growing up and natural cynicism. This is also what her company exports to China (The movie taking place at the same time as the Opium Wars
Alice goes to China but decides not to import... whatever it is her company imports because she is enamored with Kung Fu.Not a lot of "sane" Englishwomen would want to learn martial arts, would they? And then the "unmentionables" start showing up...
She never makes it to China. The sequel is just a gender-reversed version of Gulliver's TravelsSee? I told you Burton was a macrophile!
Captain Jack Sparrow eventually returned to England when he could not find the Fountain of Youth, and discovered that killing time was a viable means of immortality in Underland.Ms. Kingsley reminds him of that girl from a long, long time ago, before he went to Underland and changed his
Underland is a region bordering London Below.The time compression differs (one has a nearly 1:1 ratio with England Above, one... doesn't), but the UnPersoning is still linked to the amount of "outside" time that passes. Underland is likely a high-magic zone, as opposed to London Below which has little more than that which is sustained by its inhabitants, hence the increased strangeness and temporo-spatial differences. The Looking-Glass World near Underland is only accessible by someone who has been to England Below prior to finding one of the portal mirrors, and the Un-Person Effect of the Looking Glass world is much more pronounced. Perhaps the chaos level of the Looking-Glass World is due to a higher level of background magic than London Below, but a lower level than Underland?
The White Knight lives.After he was seemingly killed in the flashback, he retired from his place as champion and gave up his title due to the shame of losing the vorpal sword. He then moved to a nearby area of the White Queen's domain as the appointed Gatekeeper, went quietly senile (possibly before his appointment as Gatekeeper), and designed a suit of armor made from pots and pans before having an escalating war with his next-door neighbor.
The Queen of Hearts is the Red Queen's sister or half-sister, as well as the White Queen's.Either Lady Crim, Queen of Hearts killed off the Red Queen first, the Red Queen is too busy running her part of the country after the Red King was put into checkmate to join in on the fray, or a three-sided battle is no place for a chess army regardless of the tactical advantage.
The Red Queen killed the Queen of Hearts, thus fusing with herBecause when Chess People kill another Chess Person in Through The Looking Glass, they become them. The Queen of Hearts was a Queen; but not of Chess; so the transformation wasn't "kosher" and drove the Red Queen of Hearts crazy.
The Knights are Dragoons.Because they have to be. Also, they carry
The battle between the White Queen and the Red Queen is a battle between chaos and order.The Red Queen: Living things, change, difference, foraging and simpering to the queen's whims, card games. The White Queen: Potions (made of formerly-living things), status quo, Anne Hathaway, standing around and looking pretty, chess. It does, of course, come back to bite the Red Queen though not literally.
W/underland is a coping mechanism, and not real in any meaningful way.Alice is mad. Entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret: All the best
The White Queen and King of Hearts were having an affair.You heard Her Majesty yourself, "Had too, he would have left me." Plus Whitey can make anyone fall in love with her, including men, woman, furniture,. Since Whitey stole her husband Red used the Jabberwocky to steal her kingdom.
The White Queen is the reason her sister is such a bloody big head.Someone else said it first on this site, can't find it, but the White Queen is responsible for the shrinking and growth potions. Before the recipe was mastered she must have tested it on her sister which caused her head to triple in size and shattered her sanity. Their parents were so repulsed by their eldest they begun favoring their spare and made her heir instead. The White Princess, horrified by what she'd done to her big sister, started to control her sinister impulses from that day on.
The Cheshire Cat is the true ruler of Wonderland/Underland, if not a god.In one shot in the film his face appears around the moon. Plus, he does seem like he knows everything to happen but he hides it from averyone else, giving them mysterious gestures instead.
The White Queen is a Stepford Smiler.If insanity in her family is something of a hereditary trait (exhibited and embraced by the Red Queen), White's entire lifestyle is a massive put-on to disguise the fact that she is absolutely terrified of becoming like her sister. The floaty personality, the intense kindness and general Purity Sue-ishness behavior is to put on an acceptable exterior for the people around her. All the while White wonders how much longer she can keep the act up before the Sanity Slippage leads to a Freak Out and possibly a Face-Heel Turn.
The Cheshire Cat had a hand in the Red Queen's coup of UnderlandBeing very much a Chaotic Good-leaning Trickster, the Cat most definitely does a few things from time to time that irritate people. It could have been anything, a comment or an action, that began a series of events that caused the Red Queen to overthrow the White Queen. He may not know it, or if he does, want to admit it. This is what the Hatter was alluding to when the Cat showed up for tea.
Stayne wasn't trying to kill the Red Queen...He was trying to kill himself.
Not only is this not the first time Alice has been to Underland, it's not the second, either... and it won't be the last.Alice's recurring dreams were actually repeated visits there, each time instigating a change in power from one Queen to the other. When Alice says that she'll come back and the Hatter protests that she won't remember, he is speaking from experience: she never does. The cycle simply repeats itself, varying mostly in the details and in how much farther Underland has fallen from the cleaner, prettier, more idyllic version that she visited the first time.
On her trading voyages she will meet a girl with a similar experience to hers.Her Name is Wendy Darling and she will tell Alice about her adventures in another alternate world, Neverland.
Alice can travel between worlds/dreams which is why "Underland" is falling apart.The books actually happened: Alice traveled to Wonderland then later through the looking glass, unfortunately as she was a little girl and unaware of her powers she left travel "holes" in the fabric between worlds that allowed things to slip through (which is why she still had dreams about what was happening in the places without going there). It was through these holes that The Red Queen arrived in Wonderland, an act that created further cracks inbetween the worlds that deepened the moment she defeated and merged with The Queen of Hearts (see previous WMG). While the fusing of Red and Heart made the complete fixing of the worlds impossible, they would have still stayed two different places and been fairly okay had The Red Queen not, in a fit of paranoia, killed The Red King. As The King was the Dreamer of the Dream (as suggested in Through the Looking Glass) and the only one who could thus keep order his death caused the two worlds to smash together rearranging themselves into the "Underland" that Alice falls into in the film. This warped and slowing shattering world can not be saved, everything Alice did will not heal the cracks. Hatter being both mad and the only one to be given the idea of being a dream is aware of the cracks and the fact that once Alice leaves the world is doomed. The Butterfly coming through to our world was the last straw that made the whole thing collapse.
The Red Queen is also the Queen of Hearts by marriage.We know there was a king, of course, we see his head floating in the river. My theory is that he was the King of Hearts in his own right, and she was the Red Queen of Underland in her own right, and their marriage brought the two titles together. (This is part of my fanfic-in-progress.)
Iracebeth's real title is the Queen of Hearts.She has card guards for soldiers instead of chess pieces, aswell as Stayne being the Knave of Hearts, and in general all the mannerisms that the Queen of Hearts in the story had. I think that she either changed her title to contrast with her sister's title, or she could have defeated the real Red Queen and decided to steal her title upon conquering Underland.
Hamish never wanted to marry Alice.He didn't seem like he was hiding his negative feelings for her. He is very stiff and seems pained whilst he was dancing with her, wasn't the least bit interested in her flights of fancy, seemed hasty in departing from her when his strict mother beckoned him and acted uncomfortable and was hesitant when proposing to her. I suspect that he only went through with the proposal because of his mother's ruthless character, sense of duty or because of the links in his father's trading company.
The whole thing was just a nightmare after listening to too much Tom Petty.
You'd have to be mad as a Hatter to survive this place!
The vocaloid song Alice of Human Sacrifice is...About the Alice's who came before the Alice. And the Alice we see is not the Alice of any color, but the Absolute Alice, who is made of many colors. I believe that somewhere near the beginning of the movie, there was a line something like, "She's the wrong one!" That suggests there was more than one Alice. 4 others actually. Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow. If you've heard the song, you know these Alice's all met their demise horribly. But this one survived, which is why she isn't in the song. More proof is at the beginning of the movie, when Alice first falls down the rabbit hole, she tries to open some doors. This would be unimportant unless you look closely. First off, there are four, the amount of Alice's there are in the song. Second, If you look closely at the third door, it has something that looks a bit like a crown on it, and the third Alic became queen of her own country. Third, the last door was double doors, and as we all know, the fouth Alice was twins.
Neither the Red Queen nor the White Queen are truly good nor evil. Instead, each is one of the True Fae, and their battle is just one more campaign for the Title of Queen of the Underland.The various armored knights, talking animals, etc. are Changelings, Wisps, or Hobgoblins.
Alice is a nudist at heart.I couldnt help but think she was a little to calm and collected when she grew out of her clothes in front of the queen and her people. and when you think at both her free spirited/defiant nature towards things sociably acceptable(especially her refusal to wear certain proper formal wear to the party) it would make sense
Wonderland is The Neverending Story and Alice can get there by dreamingExplains itself. White Queen= Childlike Empress, Red Queen= Xayide.
The Mad Hatter's whole family is dead.In the Hatter's flashback, he says something like, "It was tradition for the Hightopp clan to be employed in the court." In the middle of the Jabberwocky attack, there's a girl who falls to the ground and looks up at the Jabberwocky. This troper thinks the girl bears some resemblance to the Mad Hatter. Sister? Cousin?
This film is a sequel to the Disney animated film.It has the same name, but it's based on Through the Looking Glass, and it's produced by the same company.