Toby Jones talks animation, “Alice in Wonderland” sequel

We had previously reported that actor Toby Jones (voice actor for Dobby the house-elf) was joining the largest ever HP reunion on a non-Potter project, playing alongside Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Rhys Ifans, Timothy Spall, and Stephen Fry in the upcoming sequel to the 2010 Disney live-action version of Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. In a recent interview with Belfast Telegraph, he shared his excitement about being a part of the movie.

The chief pleasure I have in my job is contrast. It’s a huge privilege in my work that I get to go from community to community, family to family, working on different jobs.

Though the film is live-action, it also makes use of CGI for several characters, including Toby’s – a new character called Wilkins, about which little is known at this time. In the interview, Toby expresses a preference for voice acting over acting on screen.

There’s a discrepancy between how something felt to do and how it looks, and it takes a while to get used to the fact that it never looks like how it felt to do. There’s an air of slight disappointment always [-] ‘I wanted it to be like that’.

In contrast, Toby loves the animation process. He loves moving around in the studio, and with this film, they were able to obtain a large voiceover studio for Toby to move around in.

With animation, you have to get physically (involved). I find myself moving around[,] so there’s a bit of negotiation with that. But I’m really looking forward to doing that one.

The film is shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England and is slated for release on May 27, 2016. Other Alice in Wonderland repeating cast include Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, and Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh.

Alice in Wonderland grossed over $334 million, but Toby says the size of the production isn’t what’s most important to him. He loves the variety his projects give him.

The scale of it is neither here nor there[;] what’s great is the contrast. That’s the thing I feel most grateful for.

You can watch a video from the interview below or read the original article here.

Are you excited for this Alice in Wonderland sequel? Any guesses about what the role of Wilkins will be in the film?