Alice In Wonderland


The Mad Hatter




General Information

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. JOHNNY DEPP stars as the Mad Hatter and MIA WASIKOWSKA as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen's reign of terror. (source: Disney Pictures)

Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Crispin Glover, Stephen Fry, Timothy Spall, Matt Lucas

Awards & Nominations:

Most Anticipated Fantasy Movie (Won)

Best Fantasy (Nominated)
Best Performance - Helena Bonhan Carter (Nominated), Johnny Depp (Nominated)

2010 MTV Movie Awards:
Best Movie (Nominated)
Best Villain - Helena Bonham Carter (Nominated)
Global Superstar - Johnny Depp (Nominated)

Best Fantasy Actress - Mia Wasikowska (Nominated)
Best Fantasy Actor - Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Fantasy Film (Nominated)
Scene Stealer, Female - Anne Hathaway (Nominated)
Breakout Female - Mia Wasikowska (Nominated)
Best Fight - Mia Wasikowska vs. The Jabberwocky (Won)

Best Costume Design - Colleen Atwood (Nominated)
Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects - Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas, Sean Phillips (Nominated)
Best Art Direction & Production Design - Robert Stromberg, Stefan Dechant (Nominated)
Best Original Song - Avril Lavigne (for the song Alice) (Nominated)

Favorite Movie (Nominated)
Favorite Movie Drama (Nominated)

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Nominated)
Best Original Score, Motion Picture - Danny Elfman (Nominated)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
- Johnny Depp (Nominated)

Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
- Danny Elfman (Nominated)

Original Music - Danny Elfman (Nominated)
Production Design - Robert Stromberg, Karen O'Hara (Nominated)
Costume Design - Colleen Atwood (Won)
Special Visual Effects (Nominated)
Make-up and Hair - Valli O'Reilly, Paul Gooch (Won)

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical) - Chris Lebenzon (Won)

2011 International Film Music Critics Awards:
Best Original Score For a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film - Danny Elfman (Nominated)
Film Music Composition of the Year - "Alice's Theme" Danny Elfman (Won)

Art Direction - Robert Stromberg, Karen O'Hara (Won)
Costume Design - Colleen Atwood (Won)
Visual Effects - Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas, Sean Phillips(Nominated)

Best International Actor - Johnny Depp (Won)

Best Actor - Johnny Depp (Won)

Best Fantasy Film (Won)
Best Costume - Colleen Atwood (Won)
Best Make-up - Lindsay MacGowan, Shane Mahan (Nominated)
Best Production Design - Robert Stromberg (Nominated)
Best Special Effects - Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas, Tom Peizman (Nominated)

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(Compiled by Jan)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"I made my little weird drawings and water colors and brought them to Tim [Burton] and he brought me his weird little drawings and water colors and they were not dissimilar. You could've put them right together and they were pretty darn close."
-- Johnny Depp [on the Mad Hatter's look]
June 22, 2009

"You get these strong images in your head and you can't shake them. I always do [sketches]. Don't know why. Just to kind of get an eyeball on the guy first."
-- Johnny Depp
LA Times (
June 28, 2009

"There's a lot of color and brightness and then de-saturation in The Hatter. He's like a mood ring I suppose."
-- Johnny Depp
June 22, 2009

"There are little mysteries, little clues in the book that I found fascinating, that were keys to at least my understanding of the Mad Hatter, like him saying, 'I'm investigating things that begin with the letter M.' That was huge for me because, when you do a little digging... and you go back and look at some of the history -- hatters -- there's the term that this guy or that guy is 'mad as a hatter.' [T]he reason for that was mercury poisoning. "
-- Johnny Depp
Buzzline (
June 2009

"So I found out what the M was and why they went nuts. So that became a huge thing."
-- Johnny Depp [on discovering mercury poisoning might be responsible for the Hatter's madness]
June 22, 2009

"Mercury poisoning, because there was mercury in the glue, so they start to go a little sideways."
-- Johnny Depp
Buzzline ( June 2009

"The orange-hair thing was very important. I think he was poisoned, very, very poisoned, and it was coming out through his hair, through his fingernails and eyes."
-- Johnny Depp
LA Times (
June 28, 2009

"After doing something like John Dillinger, a performance where it's so restrained because of the responsibility you have to that guy, the Mad Hatter was like being fired out of a cannon. The Hatter was great fun and, again, it's one of those things where you're just amazed that that I'm not fired. I truly am."
-- Johnny Depp
June 22, 2009

"For me to play the Hatter wasn't a great stretch by any means. In a sense I think the character was kind of already blooming inside, ready to show its face."
--Johnny Depp
USA Today
March 22, 2010

"So my take on him was that he knew something was wrong with him and couldn't figure out what, so it was like a multiple personality disorder and sometimes he'd go into a Scottish accent to protect himself because he was a guy with high highs, low lows and a very dangerous rage."
--Johnny Depp
Times Online
March 14, 2010

"I always saw the Hatter as kind of tragic, in the sense he's a victim in a lot of ways, the mercury has certainly taken its toll but there's also a tragic element to the Hatter's past in this particular version that weighs pretty heavy on the character, that whole sequence in the village where he's basically lost his tribe, his people. So that's another little layer to the guy."
--Johnny Depp
reel world matters
March 3, 2010

"Alice in Wonderland - if you're not walking on a tightrope, juggling super-sharp knives, there's really no reason to do it. Because if you're not willing to get into the same arena or take the same chances as Charles Dodgson did, what's the point? Tim is that guy who will get up on that high wire and juggle double-edged daggers to amaze and astound us all."
--Johnny Depp
February 15, 2010

"It's like she's on wheels, and her hands begin talking before she does. In a way, her hands have their own personality. There is a part of it that's really subtle and a part of it that's really out there. It's like Glinda the Good Witch on some sort of hallucinogen."
--Johnny Depp [on Anne Hathaway's portrayal of the White Queen]
February 15, 2010

"Tim [Burton]and I were early on were talking about if this guy were actually made up of different people, he would be the extreme side of these people so I wanted to go extremely kind of dark and dangerous. The idea was of trying to find those places inside, to go from the extreme sides of personalities...I thought there should be another side to him, some damage, some trauma. He's a bit damaged."
--Johnny Depp, [on playing the Mad Hatter]
March 27, 2010

Quotes from others:

"The thing with Johnny is, obviously over the years, I mean, part of the joy of working is making up characters, and this kind of stuff. And he's very good at that, always wanting to try something different."
-- Tim Burton
Entertainment Weekly
July 2009

"He likes dressing up. I think with the Alice in Wonderland characters, they've often been portrayed as just crazy without much subtext, and I think he tried to bring something, an underlying human quality to the craziness. He tried to understand it a bit more...And he's good at sort of exploring that, I guess because he's crazy. I don't know."
-- Tim Burton
Reuters (
July, 25, 2009

"We seem to get along well and I've worked with him many times. It's always exciting to see what he brings to something. And it's fun to work with him because it's like it's always something different and new and it's just fun to see. That always is exciting to me."
-- Tim Burton
Reuters (
July 25, 2009

"Johnny (Depp) and I had worked together many times, but he'd never done a character with orange hair, so we scalped Carrot Top and took his hair."
-- Tim Burton
The Wrap (
July 23, 2009

"I've always liked Lewis Carroll's imagery, the fact it's stayed in people's conciousness. It's so politically incorrect too, isn't it? Y'know, a bottle of something that says, 'Drink me' and the mushrooms..."
-- Tim Burton
Empire Magazine
June 2009

"Nobody plays oddballs better than Johnny and he's loving playing this one. He actually ate his hat the other day. No word of a lie he just bit into the brim and chewed."
-- Tim Burton
October 20, 2008

"I hope I don't faint. I'm wearing a corset which is difficult enough, but then to have to wear a corset and be short-breathed around Johnny Depp? It might be my hardest role to date - to keep my cool."
-- Anne Hathaway
People Magazine
October 21, 2008

"I have so many people coming out of the woodwork who really have never wanted to visit me on the set before just want to kind of come and hang out. Everyone just wants to meet Johnny."
-- Anne Hathaway
People Magazine
October 21, 2008

"He loves doing that. [on Depp playing an 'oddball' character] That's never a problem. He doesn't like to be the same way twice. That's good, it always keeps it fresh and all. And he likes the material we have here and he gets it. It's nice to have people involved that are fans of the material and all."
-- Tim Burton
LA Times (
October 15, 2008

"This character is off his rocker. He is so much fun and so nutty, I can't imagine anyone else doing it."
-- Richard D. Zanuck
USA Today (
June 22, 2009

"So many people have analysed Alice in Wonderland and it's still cryptic, it's still something people can't put a finger on, and yet it remains in people's consciousness. That's the great power of any myth or folk tale -- it just stays there, in clothing, fashion, everything."
--Tim Burton
asiaone News
March 20, 2010

"At the first fitting I found all these crazy thimbles and showed them to Johnny. He stuck them on his fingers and started playing music on them. We had a lot of fun with all those bits that add to the character and he can use when he's doing the part."
--Colleen Atwood, Costume Designer
February 15, 2010

"There was certain amount of pressure when you're playing a character that's very well-known and very beloved by so many people, but we discussed that from the beginning, and one of the things we wanted to do was to take away that baggage that comes with her being Alice In Wonderland and more just find the teenage girl behind that iconic image and just and make her relatable."
--Mia Wasikowska
March 27, 2010

"The joy for me is seeing what these great actors do with the character. I mean, I may give a little few hints or something. I think every good actor draws upon lots of different inspirations, especially when these guys are just working in this vacuum."
--Tim Burton
March 27, 2010

"I spoke with Linda Woolverton, who wrote the script, and said tell me about the big head, because it's a really good idea. And it does make complete sense because she chops off other people's heads because she feels jealous of their normal size heads. And then I thought, she's a toddler, because she's got the big head and she's a tyrant, a toddler tyrant."
--Helena Bonham Carter, [on playing the Red Queen]
March 27, 2010

"I imagined that [the Red Queen] tortured my character when they were kids and that's why I've gone a little mad. And why I'm so afraid of my dark side is because she used to make me do awful things and hurt me."
--Anne Hathaway, [on playing The White Queen]
March 27, 2010