Although 2016 was the year Alan Rickman passed away, it was also the year his last film, ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’, was released. The Tim Burton-directed feature is the sequel to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which won two Oscars (via IMDb). The Rickman character does not physically appear in either film. Instead, he provided the voice of Absolem, the blue caterpillar Alice (Mia Wasikowska) encounters when reduced in size in “Alice in Wonderland.” In a heartbreaking scene from that first film (which seems more poignant now in the wake of Rickman’s passing), there’s a moment when Absolem transforms into a butterfly, ending his time in that life, as the character says. Alice cries but soon realizes Wonderland is real due to her conversation with the Blue Caterpillar.
In “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, Absolem appears at the very beginning of the film in butterfly form to warn Alice of the upcoming struggles she will find in Underland, mentioning that she should “watch her steps” before walking through the looking glass. Other than that, it was really all Absolem and thus Rickman’s time in the movie, his very last role.
Much additional information has been released about Rickman since his death, most noting his role as a mentor, his kindness, and his support of off-set actors. He is remembered and loved by many.