I'm sure Johnny Depp causes audible gasps where ever he appears, but these particular sounds of delight made it onto The New York Times' Carpetbagger blog. They occurred at an annual Disney board meeting, where attendees were treated to a video montage that featured the first glimpse of Depp as the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's trippy Alice in Wonderland.

The description given confirms that photo that was floating around last year which we had to take down, but still can be found all over the place: "Victorian top hat, crimped hair that sticks straight out, and swirl of brightly colored make-up on his eyes, cheeks and lips that resembled the blur of a pinwheel blowing in the breeze." So, it wasn't Photoshopped ... and that means we all saw something before the Disney board of executives did. Don't you feel special?

Despite that it's leaked out all over the place, Disney isn't interested in releasing an official photo in order to keep it an exclusive for their new quarterly Disney Twenty-Three magazine. Will anyone consider that first look, an interview with Burton and a look at some concept art worth $15.99? I think someone forgot to tell Disney about the Internet ... yet they did yank our copy of the photo, so someone in the Magic Kingdom knows we're out here.

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