Now on DVD: Anne Hathaway wants to change the narrative with films like ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

Anne Hathaway is back for her second turn as The White Queen. For her first turn, in Alice in Wonderland, the film won Oscars for Art Direction and Costume Design. The Art Direction and Costume Design are, again, top notch in the sequel and really helped Hathaway dive into her role as Mirana.

“I think the Colleen Atwood’s costume probably created my character. I had ideas about who she was, but when I saw the dress, I thought, ‘she’s this.’ I thought about her and her relationship with her sister [the Red Queen]. When you have a family member who’s sort of larger than life, you compensate by taking up less space. Here’s someone who’s turning herself into almost weightlessness, yet it’s so ornamented. That’s how I came up with my ‘air hand.’”

“Alice in Wonderland” is such a classic book, that many of us have a childhood memory of it. That wasn’t the case with Hathaway however.

“I read “Alice in Wonderland” a little bit later [in life]. I was reading “Lolita” and I read that [author Vladimir] Nabokov was a big fan of Lewis Carroll, especially “Alice in Wonderland.” I thought if I really want to understand “Lolita,” then I really have to read “Alice in Wonderland.” I think being 19 and fairly dramatic and being in college at the time, I think I focused on how well Lewis Carroll described madness how you see the world just a little bit off. As you feel when you encounter people who champion that way of living, I felt a kinship when previously, I felt isolated.”

Now that she has two Alice films, two Princess Diaries films and two Rio films under her belt, she is amassing quite the collection of family friendly movies. This more of a happy accident rather than part of some master plan.

“You’re giving me a lot of credit at 17 years old to think, ‘my kids are going to watch this.’ I didn’t think about that when I did The Princess Diaries. I would get questions about being a role model and it never occurred to me. I make films that I’m interested in and if they happen to work out way, sure I’m thrilled. I’ve been in a lot of films where you can go to the theater and have a date night with your family. Or you can cuddle up on the couch with everybody in sweat pants and feel connected. I’m proud that my body of work includes stories that allow families to experience them together. Even though I have a child now, I will continue to make films that speak to me.”

In Alice Through the Looking Glass, Alice is a strong young woman who doesn’t need help to get things done. Hathaway loves the messages of girl power and female empowerment the film conveys.

“When I first saw the film, I was really surprised that there was a scene where I was crying. It was the scene when Alice wakes up in the mental institution. She was admitted for being excitable with this “typical” female hysteria and they tried to inject her with a drug to dull her and control her. She fights back and turns it around and injects the doctor with it. I was bursting with pride to be in a movie that is taking the narrative back. I invite all of you with your incredible power as journalists to stop saying women lost power as they get older. I feel like I’m becoming way more powerful as I get older. I can’t do it by myself. We need everyone in here to take the narrative back the way Alice does.”

She also has advice on how to raise a strong young woman of your own.

“I was very lucky. My parents were very smart. They never said, ‘you couldn’t do something because you’re a girl.’ They just said, ‘you can do anything. They said the same thing to my brothers and I believed them. I’m really grateful they didn’t tell me it was going to be harder. When someone tells you it’s going to be harder because of x, y or z, you believe it. Then you start off already a little bit defeated. It might be helpful knowledge but I don’t know how helpful it is for a kid to know that something is unpossible. I’m glad my parents gave me that gust of wind to kind of take off with.”

The Alice Through the Looking Glass Blu-ray extras include:
A Stitch in Time: Costuming Wonderland – Three-time Oscar®-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha) explains how costuming helps shape the curious characters of Underland and reveals hidden Easter Eggs within the cast’s ornate outfits.
*Music Video: “Just Like Fire” by P!nk – “Watch this madness, colorful charade” in P!nk’s music video for “Just Like Fire,” the hit song featured in Alice Through the Looking Glass that powered to the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
*Behind the Music Video – Go on set with P!nk for production of her “Just Like Fire” music video, featuring fantastical imagery, aerial stunts, Underland character cameos, and guest appearances by P!nk’s family.
*Behind The Looking Glass – Jump back and forth through time during this in-depth look into the making of Alice Through the Looking Glass, hosted by director James Bobin.
*Time On… – Delight in this discussion with the unpredictable and witty Sacha Baron Cohen who plays Time, the keeper of the Chronosphere, a metallic sphere that powers all time.
*Alice Goes Through the Looking Glass: A Scene Peeler – View a side-by-side comparison of raw production footage and final scenes, as Alice enters Underland through a magical looking glass.
*Alice Goes Through Time’s Castle: A Scene Peeler – View raw production footage alongside final scenes, as Alice enters Time’s castle of eternity.
*Characters of Underland – Get to know the quirky and colorful supporting characters in Underland, such as the tubby twins known as the Tweedles (Matt Lucas) and Absolem (Alan Rickman), the blue caterpillar turned blue Monarch butterfly.
*Filmmaker Audio Commentary by James Bobin – Director James Bobin delivers scene-by-scene insight into the creation of Alice Through the Looking Glass.
*Deleted Scenes with Director Commentary – Bobin introduces five never-before-seen scenes that didn’t make the final cut of Disney’s spectacular adventure.

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