'You've been gone too long Alice,' says the seductive voice of Alan Rickman in the role of Absolem, the Butterfly. 'And do mind your step.' We fall through the door with Alice into dazzling Wonder-filled worlds of water, sky and forest. The fast-paced dramatic CGI imagery lends itself perfectly to viewing in 3D.
Alice is lured back to Wonderland to help save her friend the Hatter. Believing 'six impossible things before breakfast' gives her the mindset to tackling the changes in time, body size, transport and the personality of old friends, that beset her. Alice as a girl was helped to find her way in a strange land. Then tables turn as the girl, now grown to a confident ship's captain, risks all to bring the Hatter back from being lost.
While Alice is being all grown up, the childhood of many Wonderland characters is revealed. Background memories of the Red Queen are woven into the narrative. Was she born with a large head or did something happen to create her unusual proportions? Why are the Red and White Queens enemies? We glimpse the Hatter as a young boy and see his first hat.