Alan Rickman Talks ‘Alice In Wonderland’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 18th, 2013 at 5:48 pm,

During a recent interview, Alan Rickman has let slip some more details about Tim Burton’s upcoming film Alice In Wonderland. Rickman will play the Caterpillar, starring alongside Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helene Bonham Carter as well as the likes of Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen and Crispin Glover.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I’m a voice, but I have been filmed because it’s my face who will be on the end of something that will be the caterpillar. So it’s the first time that they’ve mixed three disciplines, I suppose — live action, animation, and stop motion. I think I’m part of the animation bit, and I saw Helena [Bonham-Carter] and Crispin Glover yesterday. They’re a mixture of the two, actually, because there’s Helena in a costume and in makeup but her head is going to be made three times bigger than it actually is on top of the costume.”

“I don’t know what it (the Caterpillar) looks like, so I’ve only done the first stage of it, which is them recording me saying these lines quite badly. Then, somewhere down the line, they’ll have animated it and I’ll redo it.”

Wow, that sounds intriguing. It doesn’t sound like anything we’ve seen before – live action, animation and stop motion all mixed together? That could make for a very visually stunning experience, I think we can all agree Burton has the skill to apply such techniques in a well done fashion.

I know it seems a bit monotonous casting the same people over and over in his films (particularly Depp) but his projects just seem to suit his usual actors perfectly and I say if it works why change the formula?

I look forward to Alice in Wonderland greatly, how about you? Any fellow fans of Tim Burton out there?

Sources: Dark Horizons and MoviesOnline

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  1. I am a HUge Burton fan, and when i heard that he was on for Alice, my first thought, Perfect choice! I don’t know about anyone else out there, but his style seems to fit with the World of Alice in wonderland

  2. I think this movie is going to rock hard! I think Rickman is a wonderful actor who can do it all: drama, comedy, action. This only makes me want to see this movie more.

  3. Theres a lot of directors like Eastwood , Spike Lee and Tim Burton who like to use a lot of the same actors time and time again. I think it makes for a very effective work atmosphere when most everyone involved is so familiar and comfortable with each other.
    I look forward to Burton’s Alice , it could be a lot of fun. I haven’t liked Everything that Burton has done but I have liked MOST of it. I think this story will be a great fit for Burton , bring it on !!!

  4. “Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?”

    Sorry, that’s the only role I ever think of when I see or hear this guy, lol.

  5. James Cameron liked Arnold and Bill Paxton enough to cast them in several of his movies. Bill Paxton especially…

  6. Um…not to sound negative or anything but why are they making a distinction between animation and stop-motion? Stop-motion is another form of animation after all.

  7. I actually enjoyed Burton’s Planet of the Apes.

    Uh, oh! Does this means I have been put on the “Do not listen to this idiot” list? :-) 😎 😀

  8. @Kahless:
    We’re all friends here. There are no idiots, only idiotic movies.
    Case in point, ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

    Personally, there were only two good things I remember liking about Burton’s Planet of the Apes

    Estelle Warren

  9. THIS MOVIE WILL ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Wow!!
    I would’ve figured him for the Cheshire Cat, but either way, I will go to see it and pay tribute to The Man and The Voice.

  11. hey SunNightRaider, i think the difference is that people now-a-days equate stop motion with the claymation look like Burtons nightmare before christmas and corps bride… at least that’s what come to my mind

  12. Burton is the perfect person to helm this film. I pray that it is more motion picture than animation…

  13. I can’t wait for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland!!!! I am a HUGE Tim Burton fan! I am especially excited to know that Johnny Depp, my most favorite actor and Helena Bonham Carter, whom I also love, will be involved in “Alice.”

  14. I really like Alan, but I don’t think I can picture him as a caterpillar without laughing my ass off.

  15. Martin Sheen is actually the Cheshire Cat. I think that’s awesome. And yes, Alan’s head on the Catepillar will be quite amusing. :)

  16. I am also a huge Tim Burton fan and cannot wait for AIW 2010. .

    To discuss what earlier comments were, using the same actors has been great for Burton. They all understand what he looks for on screen and how to portray what he needs from them in his unique style of film. I also hope it is less animation, but the guy pisses greatness.. so im not worried.

    Side note:

    I wonder if Burton ever considered Helena(his main lady + mother of his children) for the part of Alice…..

    although she def knows her roles and they are obviously great together reguardless of where hes casting her in his movies

  17. I am thrilled about this film. I just recently heard about it and, like some of you, thought the Alice-Burton pairing is perfect. I was further excited by the casting choices. With only a very few exceptions, I love Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s films, whether they are teamed up or not. ^^

  18. I am a huge Tim Burton fan. I love the trio of Burton, Carter and Depp. To me these three can make a movie and no matter what, it’s going to be great. I’m really looking forward to Alice. Rickman as the caterpillar is going to be funny, but he is perfect for it. I don’t know about the big headed Cater though. It’ll take a lot for me not to giggle every time I see that, but I think I’ll be able to hold it in, since it is my favorite actress.

  19. As far as The Day The Earth Stood Still goes, are you talking the remake or the original? I enjoyed the original, but I don’t want to see the remake…As far as most things Burton go, much love to them, I didn’t mind the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory mostly because they did keep most of the book material in line(except for the vermicious Knids). In any case I believe this will be a good flick and look forward to having the theatrical experience of watching it.

    ~Kidonia Shinji

  20. Hi, I’m a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, Johnny Depp and Alan Rickman. It’ll be so exiting to see this film next year. I don’t remember ever waiting for a film this much. Or maybe Lord of the Rings.
    I trust that Tim Burton will deliver and fill our expectations.

  21. This sounds great.

    Also, what I’m guessing is that the “animation” bit means computer generated animation. So it’d be live action, computer animation, and stop-motion. Sounds good to me!

  22. I wonder if he is going to incorporate “Through the Looking Glass” as Disney did. It will be very interesting to see how Burton plays this one out.

  23. If the same actors do the trick, then why changing them? I can’t wait for this movie!!

  24. I love Johnny Depp’s, Alan Rickman’s AND Crispin Glover’s acting! So many great actors in one film, I am SO excited for this film. I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for a film to come out!

  25. love love alan

  26. Alan Rickman ROCKS!

  27. Love Rickman`s work along with Depp and Bonham-Carter espacilly her in Hairy Potter. That evil little look she gives in OOTP. It is going to be wierd hearing the worm and thinking Snape LOL!! Can not wait to see it.