This article is about the 2010 live-action character. For the 1951 animated character, see Caterpillar.
Absolem is a character in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Absolem is a caterpillar that appears in both the real world and Underland, however he doesn't speak in the real world. He was voiced by the late Alan Rickman.
Role in the Films
Alice in Wonderland
Absolem seems to be Underland's oracle. When there is a problem or uncertainty, Absolem is who the characters in Underland go to for answers. He is the keeper of the Oraculum; a compendium of Wonderland's history.
Absolem appears in the real world on two separate occasions. One is in caterpillar form when Alice is proposed to by Hamish. When Alice notices a caterpillar on Hamish's shoulder, she, being the "gentle giant" she is (compared to Absolem), rescues Absolem by placing him on the gazebo. Later, when she stands on a ship bound for China, she sees him in butterfly form and she recognizes him by name.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
When Alice returns to London, she notices Absolem, who guides her to a looking glass. After passing through the looking glass and encountering the dangers within, Absolem appears and informs her of the circumstances of his appearance. Before she leaves into Underland, he warns her to watch her step.