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Alice in Wonderland 2 is Going Through the Looking Glass

Updated on September 3, 2014

This Time Alice is Going through the Looking Glass

Alice at the very small door
Alice at the very small door | Source

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Anxiously Awaiting Alice in Wonderland 2

I was very excited to read that filming is finally starting (in August 2014) on the anxiously awaited sequel to Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" officially titled "Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass." Of course for fans of the original 2016 is still a long ways away.

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies in recent years (prior to Disney's Maleficent).

Alice was an enchanting update on the old Lewis Carroll story, a 3-D combination of live action characters with CGI generated ones.

Set in Underland, the proper name for Wonderland, the movie follows Alice Kingsleigh's (Mia Wasikowska) visit to this visually stunning, fantastical world, filled with unusual and quirky characters.

Alice is Returning to Wonderland

Alice is Going Back to Wonderland in 2016
Alice is Going Back to Wonderland in 2016 | Source

What's Know about Alice 2 So Far

Disney's official blog is describing Alice 2: Through the Looking Glass as an all-new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.In Through the Looking Glass Alice returns to Underland mission to help the Mad Hatter.

By the new title, it probably isn't too much of a stretch to figure Alice will be going back to Underland through a looking glass instead of down the rabbit hole. Based on photos published in the UK's Mail Online (links below) we can see that Alice is sporting riding attire in jodhpurs and boots and in another scene looks to be a naval officer in at least part of the movie.

Rhys Ifans is being introduced as a new character, Zanik Hightopp, who is none other the the Mad Hatter’s father. With the Hatter's father now in the cast at least part of the storyline will be in the Mad Hatter's past.

Another new comer is Sacha Baron Cohen who playing a character known as “Time” who is a new villain in the film.

Screenrant writer Sandy Schafer speculates that the Through the Looking Glass storyline involves a time-line disruption that Alice and the Hatter must repair. How else will they be able to explain a grown up Alice in the Mad Hatter's past, when she met him first as a child.

Alice in Wonderland 2 Characters and Live Actors

Live Actor
Alice Kingsleigh
Mia Wasikowska
Hatter Tarrant Hightopp (a.k.a the Mad Hatter, Tarrant or Hatter)
Johnny Depp
White Queen
Anne Hathaway
Red Queen
Helena Bonham Carter
Tweedledee and Tweedledum
Matt Lucas
* Zanik Hightopp (Mad Hatter's Dad)
Rhys Ifans
* Time
Sacha Baron Cohen
* James Harcourt
Ed Speleers
Helen Kingsleigh
Lindsay Duncan
* New Character for Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass

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Alice in Wonderland Characters

Live Characters: Alice, Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, The White Queen and the Red Queen Animated Characters: The White Rabbit, Absolem, Cheshire Cat
Live Characters: Alice, Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, The White Queen and the Red Queen Animated Characters: The White Rabbit, Absolem, Cheshire Cat | Source

Alice in Wonderland 2 CGI Characters and Voice Actors

Voice Actor
Cheshire Cat a.k.a. Chess
Stephen Fry
Absolem (Caterpillar)
Alan Rickman
Bayard the Bloodhound
Timothy Spall
White Rabbit
Michael Sheen
March Hare
Paul Whitehouse
Mallymkun the Dormouse
Barbara Windsor
* Wilkins
Toby Jones
* New Characters in Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass

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Who Else is Back for Alice in Wonderland 2?

In addition to the return of most of the original live action actors and voice actors, many of the original production team for Alice in Wonderland is back to help create the sequel.

  • Director - James Bobin
  • Executive Producer - John G. Scotti
  • Producers - Joe Roth, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd and Tim Burton
  • Screen Writer - Linda Woolverton
  • Composer - Danny Elfman
  • Costume Designer - Colleen Atwood (she won an Oscar® for the first film)
  • Visual Effects (VFX) supervisor - Ken Ralston

James Bobin is bringing along some of his own team including:

  • Production Designer - Dan Hennah (New)
  • Director of Photography - Stuart Dryburgh (New)
  • Make-up and Hair Designer - Peter King (New)

Of note, Tim Burton is back for the sequel, but this time as a producer instead of the director.

The Original Alice through the Looking-Glass

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Bantam Classics)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Bantam Classics)

Read or re-read Lewis Carroll's original Alice Through the Looking-Glass with the original Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (not Underland) to see if this movie sequel will be based on the book sequel.


Welcome (Back) to Underland

Alice Enters Wonderland (Underland)
Alice Enters Wonderland (Underland) | Source

Alice in Wonderland 2010

Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Revisit Wonderland (Underland) in the 2010 movie classic.


Building on the Success of Alice in Wonderland 2010

Even though the first Alice in Wonderland wasn't a hit with the critics, the movie was a hit with the fans, and a huge financial success for Disney.

Alice in Wonderland 2010 made more than $1 billion world wide. Understandably, Disney is hoping to recapture some of that financial success by bringing back this quirky cast of characters led by Johnny Depp's delightfully crazy Mad Hatter.

The first Alice won many awards for the film, including two Academy Awards (Oscars®) one for Best Art Direction and one for Colleen Atwood for Best Costume Design.

Alice in Wonderland Movie Companion Book

Alice in Wonderland:  Tim Burton's Novelization
Alice in Wonderland: Tim Burton's Novelization

In this companion book to Disney's movie version, readers get to read the story line of the movie. We have a copy that I read to the kids when it came out.

This version can be read on various versions of the Kindle. It is still available as a hardcover still from 3rd parties.


Alice in Wonderland 2010 - Trailer from Disney UK

© 2014 Kirsti A. Dyer

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