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When looking at all of the set and costumes of 'Alice in Wonderland' by Tim Burton one can truly see the large influence of magnification and scale. This is firstly obvious through Alice shrinking and becoming larger in regards to her environment, always somewhat disproportionate in regards to how she would be in the real world. In addition to this, all of the characters have their own unique scale, for example the Red Queen and her abnormally large head and all of her followers with exaggerated features to match. Other characters equally have enlarged and exaggerated features, such as the eyes (Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat) or hair (Mad Hatter, Red Queen); Tweedledee and Tweedledum are shorter and round almost like boulders, exaggerated by their small faces in comparison to their heads.

The play on scale and magnification brings a huge component to the magical atmosphere created by the environment in which they are, Wonderland. It is because things are out of proportion to how they would be in the real world that we are immersed as an audience in an unknown land of fantastical and exaggerated creatures. Even just the up-scaling of flowers and plants helps create this atmosphere.

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