American McGee's Alice is a psychological horror action video game released on December 6, 2000. The game, developed by Rogue Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts (EA), follows up on events from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland novels.
A sequel to the game called Alice: Madness Returns, was released on June 14, 2011. Again, the game was for PC's but downloadable ports of the game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were also made.
The video game franchise spawned additional merchandise including these wonderful action figures from Milo's Workshop which Tonya from When It Was Cool recently aquired on eBay.
The video game series is set years after Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. As of July 2010, American McGee's Alice has sold over 1.5 million copies.
American McGee's Alice presents a considerably darker Wonderland than the one in Lewis Carroll's books. Wonderland, in this continuity, is a creation of Alice's mind and has been corrupted. Alice's objective is now to save Wonderland in order to save herself.
American McGee's Alice characters are based on the ones in Lewis Carroll's original novels but presented in a darker and more twisted version. The Casebook of Heironymous Q. Wilson (a supplement included with the game and written from the point of view of Alice's doctor) suggests that many of the characters Alice encounters in Wonderland are symbolic of real people. Other characters within the game are metaphors for Alice's own feelings, and because she is unhappy, they have become twisted and distorted. Some characters such as the Cheshire Cat and White Rabbit help her while others such as the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts try to harm her.
There have been numerous attempts to bring this version of the Alice in Wonderland mythos to the move screen but by 2014 the various projects in works seemed to be dead.
American McGee's Alice takes place in the world of Lewis Carroll's classic tale of childhood except Alice has grown up to be a catatonic, knife-wielding psychopath, and her Wonderland has changed from an innocent land of whimsy into a nightmarish world of insanity. Toy maker's Milo's Workshop successfully and wonderfully captured this vision in his action figure representations of the characters.
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