Alice in Wonderland marks the seventh collaboration of actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton. Here are some interesting facts regarding the film that you probably don’t know.
1.In a very weird coincidence, Tim Burton’s office has a connection with the 1907 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. English book illustrator Arthur Rackham did the color plates for that book and he used to own the building where Burton’s office in London is located.
2. Johnny Depp created watercolor paintings of how he envisioned the Mad Hatter. Because they’re so in sync, Depp’s drawings were similar to Burton’s vision of the character.
3.In this take on the classic tale, Depp and Burton used the Mad Hatter’s makeup and wardrobe to visually convey the mood swings caused by mercury poisoning. Many hatters of the period suffered from the condition due to the chemicals used in hat-making.
4. 5′4″ 20 year old Australian actress Mia Wasikowska goes from being six inches tall to 20′ tall throughout the film. According to Disney, Burton attempted to create the effect by using practical methods whenever possible. At times Wasikowska stood on an apple box to help her appear taller.
5. Anne Hathaway didn’t want the White Queen to come across as completely pure. She decided the White Queen is a “punk rock vegan pacifist” and says she was inspired by Blondie, Greta Garbo, Dan Flavin and Norma Desmond.
6. British actor Matt Lucas had the difficult task of playing both Tweedledum and Tweedledee in Alice in Wonderland. He couldn’t split himself in half, so when there needed to be two Tweedles, Ethan Cohen stepped in to play one or the other. However, Disney says Cohen will never appear in the film.
7. Crispin Glover really lost his head over the role of Stayne, the Knave of Hearts. His head’s all we’ll see of Glover in the actual film as the rest of Stayne is totally computer generated. That said, Glover needed to wear stilts in order to appear taller and, after twisting his ankle, Burton had stuntmen following Glover around in case he fell. These stuntmen all had to wear green so they wouldn’t appear on screen
8.Burton’s offscreen partner, Helena Bonham Carter, had to sit through three hours of makeup every day in order to get into character as the Red Queen. In post-production Bonham Carter’s head was enlarged to make her look more imposing – and big-headed. A 4K hi-def camera was used to shoot Bonham Carter’s scenes and then her head was blown up to twice its actual size.
9.What’s a Futterwacken? Disney has released this official definition: “The term used to describe the Underlanders’ dance of unbridled joy.”
10. Cardboard cut outs, models, and men in green with “eyes stuck to various parts of the anatomy” helped the actors figure out exactly where to look in scenes.
11. Most of the sets were created digitally, according to Disney.
12. Lewis Carroll’s real name was Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
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