Quotes From Alice In Wonderland

Saturday, August 6 by Sarah Sullivan

Movie quotes are of special interest to the average movie watcher and the quotes from “Alice in Wonderland” are no exception. With Tim Burton at the helm, he allows viewers to examine Wonderland in a new way without taking away from the original. So take a walk down memory lane with some quotes from “Alice in Wonderland.”

  1. The Red Queen: “Off with their heads!”  An homage to Lewis Carroll’s beloved novel, no list of quotes from “Alice in Wonderland,” even Tim Burton’s version, would be complete without this classic phrase. Uttered by the barbaric Red Queen throughout the film, it is a testament to her decapitation obsession.
  2. The Red Queen: “I need a pig here! [Live pig is slid under her feet] I love a warm pig belly for my aching feet.”  This laughable phrase comes purely from the mind of Tim Burton. However, as ridiculous as it is, it wouldn’t be out of place in the novel.  
  3. The Mad Hatter: “What a regrettably large head you have. I would very much like to hat it. I used to hat The White Queen, you know. Her head was so small.” The Red Queen: “It's tiny. It's a pimple of a head.”  In this film, we actually get to see the Mad Hatter work at his trade, which he discusses in this quote. The reference to the size of heads can be attributed to the new digital technology and heavy use of the green screen Burton used, tripling the size of Helena Bonham Carter’s (the Red Queen) head.  
  4. The Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?” Alice: “I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”  A tribute to the Mad Hatter’s “mad” status, this quote justifies the madness of world around Alice and the fact that it’s alright to be a little bit crazy.  
  5. The Mad Hatter: [to Alice] “You used to be much more. . .'muchier.' You've lost your muchness.”  Upon Alice’s return to Wonderland, or Underland as Burton renames it, she doesn’t really remember her previous visit, nor the people she met along the way. She’s very confused about her life and her ambitions, not at all like her old self as Wonderland’s inhabitants make note of.
  6. The Red Queen: “You're right, Stayne. It is far better to be feared than loved.”  This quote to the Knave of Hearts gave audiences a brief reprieve from the madness of the Red Queen and an acknowledgement that even batty queens think about love.  
  7. Lady Ascot: “Imbeciles! The garden is planted with white roses when I've specifically asked the red.” Alice: “You can always paint the roses red.”  Lady Ascot : “What an odd thing to say.” Alice’s odd comment to the mother of her potential husband is a throwback to the novel, when Alice comes across several gardening playing cards who are painting the roses red so that they are the right color for the Red Queen. Lady Ascot seems to be her real world equivalent.   
  8. Alice: “Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” The Mad Hatter: “That is an excellent practice.” This delightful back and forth between Alice and the Mad Hatter fits in perfectly with the crazy world of Wonderland and reveals that  a part of Alice hasn’t changed, despite the fact that she has lost her “muchness.”
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  10. The Mad Hatter: “Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?”  Just as you can’t have a quote list without the first quote in this article, you can’t have one without this gem from the Mad Hatter. Thus far, there is no real answer supplied to this classic riddle from the novel, at least none provided by Lewis Carroll.
  11. The Mad Hatter: “'Twas brillig/and the slithy toves/did gyre and gimbel in the wabe/all mimsy were the borogoves/and the mome raths outgrabe.”  This quote comes from Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky” which was first featured in “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.” In Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” the Jabberwocky is a pet of the Red Queen and the warrior she chooses to fight against Alice.
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