For 19-year-old Alice Kingsley (Mia Wasikowska), life is about take a turn for the unexpected. Proposed to by Hamish, the worthy but dull son of Lord and Lady Ascot, during a Victorian garden party thrown in her honor, Alice flees without giving an answer, heading off after a rabbit shes spotted running across the lawn, wearing a waistcoat and a pocket watch.
Following the White Rabbit (voiced by Michael Sheen) across a meadow, Alice watches as he disappears into a rabbit hole, then, suddenly, finds herself pulled down after him, tumbling through a strange, dreamlike passage before landing in a round hall with many doors. After a spot of bother involving a bottle labelled DRINK ME, whose contents shrink her, and a cake with the words EAT ME iced on top which makes her grow, Alice eventually finds her way through a door into a wondrous and fantastical world known to its inhabitants as Underland.
There, she meets a menagerie of colourful characters, from a swashbuckling Dormouse to an off-his-rocker Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), from a grinning Cheshire Cat (voiced by Stephen Fry) to a hookah-smoking caterpillar called Absalom (voiced by Alan Rickman), from a creepy White Queen (Anne Hathaway) to her spiteful older sister, the Queen Of Hearts (Helena Bonham Carter), the petulant ruler of Underland.