Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland were made for each other. Tim Burton was born to make 3D, and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland was born to go 3D.
Alice in Wonderland is the original portal story. To go through a portal means you have to go somewhere infinitely more magical than real life, to a place where your mind is blown. This Wonderland blows our mind and its three-dimensionality electrifies our senses in the way Oz did, back when something as simple as switching to color was breathtaking.
More recently, Avatar is the IT film for those seeking an immersive experience. Critics have gushed about Avatar's intoxicating visuals and its game-changing technology. In Avatar, (another portal film) 3D is not used simply for 3D's sake. It's integral.
Burton's psychotropic Alice is very much an Avatar for the elementary school set. With its gorgeous integration of animation and live action, Wonderland is permeated with lush, exotic vegetation, strange birds and far-out critters (a rocking-horse humming bird is one of countless fanciful flash details). Like Avatar's paraplegic Jake Scully, Alice, a young woman in Victorian society, is constrained by real life. Wonderland, like Pandora, is her escape hatch.
While this Wonderland has all the iconic characters -- the white rabbit, the dormouse, the Cheshire Cat, the story itself has been three-dimensionalized. Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel and the forgettable 1951 animated Disney film were a stringing together of episodic adventures without plot, character development or emotional depth. Alice 2010 is more satisfying.