“We’re all mad here.” Ring any bells?! It’s been a decade since Alice in Wonderland was released. Based on the popular fantasy novel by Lewis Carroll, this movie was widely appreciated among both adults and children! The sole reason for which Alice in Wonderland became so popular was due to the fact that it served as a medium of escape for everyone. Adults could fantasize about their childhood and children could visualize their perfect dream! All the characters starting from Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire cat were well-loved, not to forget the stunning visuals! But how much do you know about Alice in Wonderland movie? Taking you down the hole, here are 7 facts that you didn’t know about Alice in Wonderland!
1. Anne Hathaway was the first choice to play Alice
The actress didn’t want to be cast as the lead role of Alice as she had previously portrayed similar characters. However, when she was offered the role of the White Queen, she was overjoyed and shot all her scenes within two weeks!
2.Dialogues were recorded in one day
Voice over actors like Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Jim Carter, Barbara Windsor, Michael Gough, Sir Christopher Lee and Imelda Staunton are credited for recording their dialogues in a single day!
3.Tim Burton’s most successful film
Alice in Wonderland is Tim Burton’s first movie to cross the $300 million dollar mark and the sixth film to gross $1 billion dollars worldwide after movies such as Avatar, The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and the Titanic!
4. Actor Johnny Depp was tired of the background
Johnny Depp loves challenges during filming, but the constant green background screen made him very exhausted. Quoting Johnny, he used to feel “befuddled” by the end of his shooting hours.
5. Voiceover lines
Voiceover artists Jim Carter and Sir Christopher Lee had only one and two lines to speak respectively, whereas Michael Gough and Imelda Staunton had three lines to speak in the entire movie!
6. Michael Gough’s final movie
This veteran actor had played the role of the March Hare in the 1966 version of the movie. Alice in Wonderland was his last movie where he gave the voiceover for The Dodo, before dying at the age of 94.
Apart from winning prestigious awards such as the BAFTA, Academy Award, People’s Choice Awards, Alice in Wonderland won the Oscar in “Best Art Direction” and “Best Costume Design”!
Alice in Wonderland received mixed reactions at first, it soon turned out to be a blockbuster! The story of 19-year-old Alice going down the rabbit hole to enter a whole new world of fantasy was such a success, that it remains one of the best fantasy movies to date. If you haven’t watched the iconic Alice in Wonderland, now is the best time to do so!