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Who is the voice behind the smile of the Cheshire Cat in Burton's ALICE?

Published at: April 22, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here... Being the voice of the Cheshire Cat in an ALICE IN WONDERLAND film has always been a plum role. In many ways, it has always been the iconic role. Something about that smile and crazy zany existence that makes the Cheshire Cat... psychedelic and freaky. In the classic Animated film, the cat was voiced by Sterling Holloway. However, we've also had everyone from Richard Arlen to Telly Savalas to Whoopi Goldberg playing the pussy with the dynamite smile and cheshire grin. So who has Tim Burton tapped to voice the Cheshire Cat in his partly motion-captured 3D ALICE IN WONDERLAND? Well, according to Stephen Fry's Twitter he is going to be the Cheshire Cat and he announced it thusly, "Playing Cheshire Cat. Smug, complacent, cheese-eating grin - moi? Walking off to studio in next ten minutes." Personally, I think he's perfect for the part, you? Harry

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  • April 22, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Good casting.

    by hst666

  • April 22, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Penis

    by syn_flood

    I like it

  • April 22, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    F You firsters.

    by hst666

  • April 22, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I guess it could work

    by Aphex Twin

    Either way I'm ready for this damn movie to come out dammit!

  • April 22, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    who?

    by Tomcat2371

  • April 22, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    who?

    by Tomcat2371

  • April 22, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Who Cares?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    It's gonna be the usual Dark Tim Burton Shit he's done for years.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    I'm sure this movie will be entertaining...

    by slone13

    But I'm really not all that sxcited about it.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Yawn

    by Mr Lucas

    Lazy casting more like. Fry's had plenty of work. I have nothing against the man, I'd just rather have someone else do it. Tom Baker for instance - he smiles like the Cheshire Cat! Very nice man too.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Stephen Fry's cool

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Good ol Jeeves! I'd like to hear about him getting cooler parts then the Chesire Cat though.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Hmm

    by OGoncho

    I guess I'm too used to Stephen Fry being an open and friendly source of INFINITE KNOWLEDGE, but I have faith in the man to pull this off.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    fuck off and die twitter

    by IndyAbbey Jones

    seriously, i'm guilty of being caught in so many internet fads (i'm a proud facebook whore), but twitter is one that just pisses me off for some reason<P>can it just go away now?

  • April 22, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    I DON'T THINK HE LIKES PUSSY....

    by greigy just wanted to say

  • April 22, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Good casting. Now fix the damn link, Harry

    by Mockingbird Girl

  • April 22, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Tim Curry as Chesire Cat

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Missed Opportunity.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    That cat is a vagina dentata.

    by FlickaPoo

  • April 22, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I don't think I could be less interested in this casting or

    by JuanSanchez

    this movie in general.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    This is old news

    by eric haislar

    Really i knew this months ago.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Perfect.

    by kwisatzhaderach

    But can Burton still make good movies? The jury is out.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Twitter needs to die.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • April 22, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Sterling Holloway is the one iconic voice of the Cheshire Cat

    by daggor

    Fry should be fine, but I can think of loads of other actors that would be better choices.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    and they will look up and shout "this is news!"

    by S_Rorschach

    and I'll whisper "no."

  • April 22, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Cool....

    by Gabba-UK

    But only 'cos Fry is fucking ace. But Burton...... he's really gone off the boil for me.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Crap, I was hoping for Ric Flair.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Yar in Wondarland now baby! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • April 22, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • April 22, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I guess Danny Elfman was too busy

    by lockesbrokenleg

    ripping off his own music?

  • April 22, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Eddie Izzard

    by rocknroll_pirate

    Is a much better choice.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Mainly because

    by rocknroll_pirate

    He doesn't twitter us all into oblivion<p>I know this could have been one post but i pressed return by accident and theres no edit button (hint hint)

  • April 22, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    FRY!

    by donkey_lasher

    He should have had more plum roles in Hollywood in his youth. His series on his trip around America was ace. His voice is perfect for this, he's been doing voiceover ads in the UK for years.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Loves me some

    by I am the most horrible

    FRY

  • April 22, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    How about Keith David?

    by tonagan

    He was great as the cat in Coraline.

  • April 22, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    TIM CURRY

    by A G

    no? why not?

  • April 22, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Billy West! When will directors actually hire

    by skimn

    voice talent? I'm sure Mr. Fry will do an excellent job, but I hate to see stunt voice casting just to get a "name" in the role. I liked Seth Rogen as B.O.B., but c'mon, will every animated film have a role for him?

  • April 22, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Fry? Really?

    by Lemure_v2

    This has been on Wikipedia for yonks. Love this site, but it's not as up to date as it used to be. Oh, and Rickman is Caterpillar, and Sheen is White Rabbit. Hathaway is White Queen (no relation), Bonham Carter is Red Queen and Glover is White Knave. There, that's everyone up to speed. Apparently Johnny Depp might be in it too, I'll stay tuned to aintitcool to find out who he's playing...

  • April 22, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    So this is how we break news now?

    by skycrapper

    Twitter huh?

  • April 22, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Aint It Fucking Twitter News

    by axel fff

    Fuck this trend, there's no future with twitter.

  • April 22, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Stephen Fry: Great. "Motion-captured 3D": Not so much

    by Stollentroll

    I'd rather watch Hannah Montana. Wait, that's not true. Still, Motion-captured 3D Alice just makes me wanna cry.

  • April 22, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Like being nibbled to death by cats?

    by zacUpquark

    Oh boy, this is GREAT!!

  • April 22, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Fry IS voice talent

    by oisin5199

    His voice is practically iconic. He was one of the few reasons I wish there had been a sequel to the Hitchhikers' movie. He was perfect as the book. Though I wish he had stayed on as the therapist on Bones instead of the annoying Freaks and Geeks kid. Anyway, Fry fits perfectly with this cat.

  • April 22, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I was thinking...

    by Don Lockwood

    ...Malcovich.

  • April 22, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    "the pussy with the dynamite smile" - Lindsey Lohan?

    by Mike_D

    yea, thats right, I just did a Lindsey Lohan vagina Joke.

  • April 22, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Lord Melchett in a Tim Burton movie =

    by Darkman

    Sounds good to me.

  • April 22, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    THIS IS OLD AS FUCK.

    by jameshardy

    Are you serious, Harry? First the Emma Frost post, and then this?

  • April 22, 2009, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • April 22, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Telly Savalas is still alive?

    by The Dum Guy

  • April 22, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Stephen Fry is the worse possible choice to play the Chesire Cat

    by Leafar the Lost

    Alan Cumming would have been the perfect choice, but somehow Tim Burton fucked this all up. I may not see "Alice" now because of it. I'm hurt...

  • April 22, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Michael Sheen would have been better

    by methosb

    Look at his grin: http://tinyurl.com/dhzajm

  • April 22, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Sheen is already in it as the Rabbit!

    by performingmonkey

    Tim Curry would have been perfect choice for the Cat, or the Caterpillar for that matter (though Alan Rickman's in that part, which is something we can't argue with) I have faith in Burton after the brilliant Sweeney Todd, which was him back on top form. If you haven't seen it, maybe because you think musicals are 'gay' or something, please DO as it's amazing, very old-school.

  • April 22, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    people who type yawn into a post...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ... have tiny little uncircumsized dicks. Its almost as gay as the people who love to claim that they heard this news months ago. Not everyone has such a pointless life that they spend all day looking at every single movie news site.

  • April 22, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Michael Keaton should have been in this.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

  • April 22, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    And I am the voice of reason

    by Heckles

    Who gives a twitter shitter about this non-news.

  • April 22, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Yawn again

    by Mr Lucas

    My penis is not tiny, but it certainly has not been mutilated thank you... well apart from the titanium rod I paid someone to shove through the end of it (but that was by choice).

  • April 22, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    I can't wait till this Twitter fad is over

    by Orionsangels

    and we can all look back and laugh at how people used to say, i'll tweet you!

  • April 22, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Twitter burn in hell...

    by D_T

    ...Stephen Fry was on Bones the other night, which we never really watch, but he was outstanding. I used to follow a little Fry and Laurie and the occasional Jeeves and Wooster, he's a pretty solid talent.

  • April 22, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    oooh god anyone who types yawn twice...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...is actually super fucking cool. Congratulations. You passed the test.

  • April 22, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Yawn thrice

    by Mr Lucas

    Do I win something now?

  • April 22, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    yes...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...you do.

  • April 22, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Aww yeah

    by OutlawsDelejos

    ok.

  • April 22, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Mr Lucas

    by DrMorbius

    I think the prize is a nutsack tonguebath by DrBrianOblivion. He will contact you with the details!!!

  • April 22, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    TELLY SAVALAS

    by frank cotton

    is dead, my challenged friend

  • April 22, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST

    JACK NICHOLSON

    by VALENTINEproductions

    SHOULD HAVE PLAYED THE CAT!!!!!!!!

  • April 22, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    you damn right I will

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...Ive been waiting to put his smooth balls in my mouth all day.

  • April 22, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    I'm there, dude!

    by Mr Lucas

    I've got the power if you've got the hour. I hope you're a medical doctor - I wouldn't want to entrust my 'boys' to just anyone.

  • April 22, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    ...pfffft....only the finest doctor

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...and trust me it wont take an hour. I'll have your gooey extravagance blast through your urethra tube faster than you can say yawn.

  • April 22, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by DrMorbius

    Maybe he will do the thing with the ice cubes!!!

  • April 23, 2009, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Good, but old news

    by JillPantozzi

    I didn't know about this casting until I read it here but I looked up more info about it and apparently this was announced back in February. The whole cast is amazing though. Christopher Lee as the Jabberwock? I can't wait.

  • April 23, 2009, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Eddie Izzard was Reepicheep the

    by Dingbatty

    swashbuckling mouse. It would be a conflict of interest for him to play a cat. ;-)

  • April 23, 2009, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Michael Emerson as Chesire Cat

    by lockesbrokenleg

    cause that guy is creepy.

  • April 23, 2009, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Stephen Fry is brilliant

    by TinSpider

    He's top of my 'fantasy dinner party guest list' I could listen to his facts and stories all day.

  • April 23, 2009, 3:28 a.m. CST

    I still have no idea what the fuck a "twitter" is...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    And I'm glad not to know, and I don't want to change that.

  • April 23, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST

    I want the cat from American McGee's 'Alice'!

    by BiggusDickus

    You know, tattoos, piercings and sarcastic, rhyming attitude.<p>Actually, I just want American McGee's 'Alice'. Piss off, Burton.

  • April 23, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Need Hugh Laurie now...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Just so Stephen has someone to BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF!

  • April 23, 2009, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Cat was gay in McGee's ALICE too...

    by BurnHollywood

    Oh, you coy, smug little tease you, disappearing when you're needed the most!<p> Alice was actually a groundbreaking flame-dame.

  • April 23, 2009, 5:31 a.m. CST

    WHAT IS THIS TWITTER YOU SPEAK OF

    by redfist

  • April 23, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST

    You all know Tim Curry

    by redfist

    I can on here to scream his name and I see it already posted. <P> Make it so.

  • April 23, 2009, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Johnny Vegas....

    by rebelpigs

    at least he's from Cheshire!

  • April 23, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Through The Looking Glass is good too

    by MenLeavingFactory1903

    Someone should take a crack at that. Or just adapt the Jabberwocky poem.

  • April 23, 2009, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Wow you guys are really on the ball!

    by Wandering_Prophet

    Considering this info has been on IMDB and Wiki for several months! Smooth.

  • April 23, 2009, 6:15 a.m. CST

    seriously, fuck twitter

    by Gungan Slayer

    what the hell, is this what our world has come to? Reporting news from twitter sources? whatever

  • April 23, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Fry will be perfect for this

    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    I came to know Fry from his work on the British Harry Potter audiobooks. The man IS voice talent. He can do a ton of voices and do them great, so I have 100% faith he will do a great job here. As for the movie, I'm not sure how interested I am.

  • April 23, 2009, 7:12 a.m. CST

    NEEDS MORE CHRISTOPHER WALKEN

    by BlackJackBauer

  • April 23, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Just throwing it out there....Jack Nicholson

    by Pedro_Voted_For_Me

    That grin has got to count for something

  • April 23, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Meh, I'd have prefered Tony Robinson

    by Geomancer21

    If you're going for UK audio book readers. I mean, he's already insane so the role wouldn't be much of a stretch. Spike Spencer if you wanna go american, for the same reason.

  • April 23, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    I'm just throwing Jack Nicholson back to you, Pedro.

    by Leafar the Lost

    He would be an even worse choice than Stephen Fry, Pedro. I'm sorry I voted for you.

  • April 23, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST

    who the fuck is Stephen Fry?

    by hatespeech

    and why do I care? Fuck Tim Burton. He's a Mofo

  • April 23, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Going to join the chorus

    by KillerTomato

    Fuck Twitter. Fuck it right in its stupid ass. Also, if Fry's VO work in Hitchhiker's Guide and LittleBigPlanet is indicative, then he'll be a fine choice. I would only worry about him sounding too dry and/or droll.

  • April 23, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Who says Fry can only do droll and erudite???

    by yetanotherunqualifiedopinion

    THIS http://www.b3ta.com/links/The_best_thing_weve_ever_made PROVES OTHERWISE!

  • April 23, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST

    What? No Johnny Depp?

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I thought Burton totally had Johnny's weiner in his mouth

  • April 23, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Great choice

    by pumaman

    Stephen Fry is a friggin genius.

  • April 23, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Stephen Fry!

    by serellie

    Weeeeeeeeeeee! That is all.

  • April 23, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Lord Snot?

    by venvariants

    Great actor - underused, for certain. Go Footlights!

  • April 23, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Baker

    by Pogue__Mahone

    I think whoever suggested Tom Baker as the Cat is a fuckin' genius!!! Awesome voice and a cool guy!

  • April 23, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    What kind of SHIT talkback...

    by DrMorbius

    ...is this without one mention of Christian Bale, or a post by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD? I'm just sayin...

  • April 23, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Bill Bailey or Bill Nighy

    by penhapus

    either would have been good

  • April 23, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Was thinking Stephen Fry...

    by Walter_Burns

    ..before I read the article. Excellent choice. Although - rebelpig's suggestion of Johnny Vegas - now that could be really interesting (would either be fantastic - or a completre trainwreck)

  • April 23, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Tom Petty as The Mad Hatter

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The Eurythmics dude as the caterpillar.

  • April 23, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Abominable...

    by Orbots Commander

    If I'm not mistaken, Depp IS in this. I read he's the Mad Hatter.

  • April 23, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST

    I was thinking Eddie Izzard

    by CherryValance

    but he's pretty good. :)

  • April 24, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Phillip J. Fry would be better.

    by Sith Angel

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