Disney goes goth? Almost Alice…and other Alice related merch

Are we all good and excited about Alice in Wonderland, kiddies?  YES, WE ARE!!!!

We await with baited breath pics and video footage of the world premiere today in London.

There have been trailers and clips leaked to tease us, then fashion stories in magazines and shop windows, then the soundtrack, and now…

Companion to the Soundtrack!!

Yes, amongst 4 pages of other Alice-related merchandise, Hot Topic offers the “Almost Alice” CD.

There are also t-shirts, hair slides, compacts, perfumes, hoodies, necklaces, keychains, rings….and the list goes on.  I have to confess that, being a huge fan of diamonds and argyle patterns, I’m a bit tempted by items such as this:

Meanwhile, in the world of Disney, not only are there tees, bags and the CDs, but some jewellery that’s rather nice, including this exquisite Tom Binns charm bracelet. Sure, it’s over 100 bucks, but it’s gold plated. There are more Binns pieces, and some Swarovski collaborations as well; see them all here.

And there’s a contact in Victoria for Tom Binns for Disney Couture jewellery too – ph: 03 9412 3540.

At the higher end of the spectrum, Stella McCartney will offer Alice jewelry in her boutiques, more Tom Binns items (including a $1000 “Smashing Time” tea party necklace) will be available in Macys stores (and Selfridges in the UK), and Sue Wong Victorian-style frocks (up to $600) will be offered in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and other department stores.

But WAIT!! There’s more! Some fab Alice-inspired jewellery available in the UK is here on Shinystyle; and Selfridges/Miss Selfridge and Claire’s are onboard the merch brigade too.

There is a veritable army of merch behind the brand (if you’ll pardon my pictorial pun).

But back to the album. Disney lists the artists on the Almost Alice CD.  Tracks Include:

  • Alice performed by Avril Lavigne
  • The Poison performed by The All-American Rejects
  • The Technicolor Phase performed by Owl City
  • Her Name is Alice performed by Shinedown
  • Painting Flowers performed by All Time Low
  • Where’s My Angel performed by Metro Station
  • Strange performed by Tokio Hotel and Kerli
  • Follow Me Down performed by 3OH!3 featuring Neon Hitch
  • Very Good Advice performed by Robert Smith
  • In Transit performed by Mark Hoppus with Pete Wentz
  • Welcome to Mystery performed by Plain White T?s
  • Tea Party performed by Kerli
  • The Lobster Quadrille performed by Franz Ferdinand
  • Always Running Out of Time performed by Motion City Soundtrack
  • Fell Down a Hole performed by Wolfmother
  • White Rabbit performed by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

The Wall Street Journal reported on Feb 19th:

In the run-up to the March 5 opening of director Tim Burton’s movie “Alice in Wonderland,” Walt Disney Co.’s consumer-products division is aiming its marketing firepower at young women and teenage girls, particularly those who gravitate to darkly romantic entertainment like the “Twilight” series.

And this apparently has some people up in arms – as in, how dare Disney dabble in the dark side? (Try saying that three times fast!) Hey, Disney is a company, not a charity. Of course it’s going to try to make money any way it can.

For my part, I’m well and truly sick of the Mickey Mouse ears from the Disney/Dolce & Gabbana collaboration of last year…will everyone be wearing Cheshire Cat ears this year? *Shudder* (But top hats will always be ok in my book). As for the CD…I’m definitely interested.

You can pre-order from Disney here.
Australians can order Almost Alice in CD or mp3 format here.

In Tokyo, La Foret and Marui One are already full of Alice in Wonderland imagery and items; I can only imagine the goth stores will be awash with it when I arrive.

Are you tempted to buy any of the merch or the music? Will you celebrate by having a tea party in full Wonderland regalia of some sort? Or are you “over it” already?