Thousands of fans screamed and jumped to their seats as, unnanounced, Johnny Depp appeared at the Disney 3-D presentation in Hall H. He didn't do much besides smile and wave, and the only thing he said was, "Tim Burton, everybody!" signaling Alice in Wonderland's director. We had just finished watching the eye-popping teaser trailer for the second time. Moderator Patton Oswalt loved it so much, he kept asking Burton if it could be replayed. And as Depp's one-minute visit came to an end, the lights dimmed and we watched it a third time!
Character images appeared briefly on screen, about which Burton commented, "It looks like a freak show! We scalped Carrot Top and took his hair," he says of the Mad Hatter's orange mane. He says he's still working on the film. "It's not done at all—I have this white rabbit with a ticking clock.
Next, director Robert Zemeckis debuted INTENSE footage of A Christmas Carol's Jim Carrey as Scrooge, who encounters the ghost of Marley, his former business partner. No lifeless eyes here. Marley is at first frightening, bound by chains and weighted chests he throws around with startling Bang!s. At one point, his jaw becomes disjointed and looks quite sickening, but it quickly turns comical. Carrey voices eight characters, including the ghosts of Christmas and Scrooge at various stages in life.
During the Q & A panel, a fan asked Zemeckis if he'd ever consider making a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (fans have been itching for a sequel since rumors of one began back in the '90s). Zemeckis neither confirmed nor denied he'd make a sequel, but he said Roger would remain in 2-D if a film ever came to fruition.
The last part of the panel was dedicated to Tron Legacy: Jeff Bridges, Steven Lisberger, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde appeared and showed the trailer with the memorable '80s theme music that debuted at last year's Comic-Con, except this time it was in 3-D. They also showed a bunch of images including the Solar Sailor and Light Cycle vehicle. Lisberger, who's was in the original Tron 27 years ago quipped that he felt like Rip Van Wrinkle.
The panel concluded with two announcements: 1. The Tron coin that attendees received upon entry could be used for a get-together of "Friends of Flynn at 1st and J." Make of that what you will. 2. There's something special for Burton's film when you check out www.twitter.com/importantdate.
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