Tim Burton's Alice to Don Armor, Slay Jabberwocky

I'm not sure whether all the other geek webmasters heard the Disney publicist say, "Come to the Alice in Wonderland tea party!" and demurred, imagining a scene of ten-year-old bedlam ripped from your mall's American Girl Place, but I just wandered through the exhibit and I think I kinda have some scoops!

For the most part, the "tea party" (found just a few blocks away from the Convention Center) houses props from the movie and concept art previously shown only to exhibitors. But some of what's there is very intriguing.

First, there's confirmation of the news that leaked from early script reports: Alice must return to Wonderland to slay the Jabberwocky. In a tea party hall devoted to Anne Hathway's White Queen, props on display for that fight included a sword for the Mad Hatter ("The Mad Hatter stands side-by-side with Alice in the final battle for Wonderland," read the attendant plaque) as well as a pretty comprehensive upgrade for Alice: vorpal sword, shield, and suit of armor.

She'll don all three to face her prophesied enemy (voiced by Burton regular Christopher Lee), and an additional plaque noted that the shield "is the only protection Alice will have against the Jabberwocky in the film's climatic [sic] scene."

Still missing in action? Any images of that Jabberwocky, as well as any art related to the Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman), who was unglimpsed in the film's recent trailer.


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