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Alice Through the Looking Glass
Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 film poster 01
Directed by James Bobin
Produced by Tim Burton
Written by Linda Woolverton
Starring Mia Wasikowska
Johnny Depp
Helena Bonham Carter
Anne Hathaway
Sacha Baron Cohen
Release date May 27, 2016
Language English

Alice Through the Looking Glass is a 2016 American adventure-fantasy film based on Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, and is the sequel to the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland. Directed by James Bobin, written by Linda Woolverton and produced by Tim Burton; the film stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and Sacha Baron Cohen. The film was released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 27, 2016, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray October 18, 2016.


Alice Kingsleigh has spent the past three years following her father's footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London from China, she learns that her ex-fiancé, Hamish Ascot, has taken over his deceased father's company and plans to have Alice sign over her father's ship in exchange for her family home. Alice follows a butterfly she recognizes as the Caterpillar and returns to Wonderland through a mirror. Alice is greeted by the White Queen, the White Rabbit, the Tweedles, the Dormouse, the March Hare, the Bloodhound and the Cheshire Cat. They inform her that the Mad Hatter is acting madder than usual because his family is missing. Alice tries to console him, but he remains certain that his family survived the attack of the Jabberwocky. The White Queen, believing that finding the Hatter's family is the only way to restore his health, sends Alice to consult Time and convince him to save the Hatter's family in the past. The White Queen warns Alice that history will be destroyed if a person's past and present selves meet. Upon entering the Castle of Eternity, Alice finds the Chronosphere, an object that controls all of time in Wonderland.

After Time tells Alice that altering the past is impossible, she steals the Chronosphere and travels back in time, shortly after finding the exiled Red Queen in Time's care. The Red Queen orders Time to pursue Alice, who accidentally travels to the Red Queen's coronation. There, a younger Mad Hatter mocks the Red Queen when the royal crown does not fit her abnormal head. When her crown breaks, the Red Queen throws a tantrum that causes her head to swell. Her father deems her unfit to rule and passes the title of queen to her younger sister, the White Queen. Alice learns of an event in both the Queens' pasts that causes friction between the two, and she travels back in time again, hoping to change the Red Queen's character and cease the Jabberwocky from killing the Hatter's family. The young White Queen steals a tart from her mother and eats it. When confronted by their mother, she lies about eating the tart, which gets her sister accused and causes her to run out of the castle in a fit. Alice sees her about to run into a clock and believes this to be the event that deforms her head and personality. She manages to move the clock out of the way, but fails to change the past as the Red Queen stumbles and hits her head anyway.

Alice is confronted by a weakened Time, who berates her for putting all of time in danger. She runs into a nearby mirror back into the real world, where she wakes up in a mental hospital, diagnosed with female hysteria. With the help of her mother, she returns to Wonderland, where she travels to the Jabberwocky attack and discovers that the Hatter's family did not die, but were captured by the Red Queen's Red Knights. Returning to the present, Alice discovers the Mad Hatter at the brink of death. After Alice tearfully says that she believes him, the Hatter awakens and reforms back to his normal self. The Wonderlanders go to the Red Queen's castle and find the Hatter's family shrunk and trapped in an ant farm. The Red Queen apprehends them and steals the Chronosphere from Alice, taking her sister back to the day she lied about the tart. By the time Alice and Hatter get there, the Red Queen and her past self see each other. This creates a time paradox, and Wonderland quickly turns to rust. Using the Chronosphere, Alice and the Hatter race back to the present, where Alice is able to place the Chronosphere back in its original place. With the Chronosphere stabilized, Wonderland reverts to normal. The Mad Hatter reunites with his family. The White Queen apologizes to her sister for lying, and both of them make amends. Alice bids her friends farewell and returns to the real world where her mother refuses to turn Alice's ship over to Hamish, and the two set to travel the world on behalf of their own company.

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  • Johnny Depp as Tarrant Hightopp / Mad Hatter
    • Louis Ashbourne Serkis as Young Tarrant Hightopp
  • Anne Hathaway as Mirana / White Queen
    • Amelia Crouch as Young Mirana
  • Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh
  • Matt Lucas as Tweedledee / Tweedledum
  • Rhys Ifans as Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter's father.
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth / Red Queen
    • Leilah de Meza as Young Iracebeth
  • Sacha Baron Cohen as Time, a powerful Father Time-godlike human/clockwork hybrid who speaks in a German accent and rules over all of time "himself" in Wonderland using the Chronosphere in his castle.
  • Lindsay Duncan as Helen Kingsleigh, Alice's mother.
  • Leo Bill as Hamish Ascot, now "Lord Ascot" following his father's death.
  • Geraldine James as Lady Ascot, Hamish's mother.
  • Ed Speleers as James Harcourt, an employee of the Ascots.
  • Andrew Scott as Dr. Addison Bennett, a cruel psychiatric doctor.
  • Richard Armitage as King Oleron, Iracebeth and Mirana's father.
  • Hattie Morahan as Queen Elsemere, Iracebeth and Mirana's mother.
  • Joanna Bobin as Alexandra Ascot, Hamish's wife.
  • Simone Kirby as Tyva Hightopp, the Mad Hatter's mother.
  • Joe Hurst as Bim Hightopp, The Mad Hatter's nephew.
    • Oliver Hawkes as a Young Bim Hightopp
  • Siobhan Redmond as Bumalic Hightopp, The Mad Hatter's sister.
  • Frederick Warder as Poomally Hightopp, The Mad Hatter's brother.
  • Eve Hedderwick Turner as Baloo Hightopp, The Mad Hatter's other sister.
  • Tom Godwin as Pimlick Hightopp, The Mad Hatter's other brother.

Voice Cast[]

This film marks the final performance of actor Alan Rickman, who died four months before the film's release.

  • Alan Rickman as Absolem the Butterfly (formerly the Caterpillar)
  • Stephen Fry as Cheshire
  • Michael Sheen as Nivens McTwisp / White Rabbit
  • Timothy Spall as Bayard Hamar / Bloodhound
    • Kyle Hebert as Young Bayard
  • Barbara Windsor as Mallymkun the Dormouse
  • Matt Vogel as Wilkins, Time's long-suffering manservant who leads his Seconds.
  • Paul Whitehouse as Thackery Earwicket / March Hare
  • Wally Wingert as Humpty Dumpty
  • Meera Syal as Nobody
  • Edward Petherbridge as Gentleman Fish
  • Owain Rhys Davies as Delivery Frog
  • Paul Hunter as White Chess King