Drinking tea plays a big part in our daily lives. It is no surprise that Hollywood movies would also feature these scenes. There are eclectic tea parties setting sad conversations and loud, colorful scenes for the happy parties. Below, we curated iconic tea moments in movies:
Alice In Wonderland – 1951
Lewis Carol’s adventure story is filled with brilliant colors retold countless times in children’s books, TV programs, and cinemas. Among the adaptations, the Disney animated version is what we often fondly remembered. The story starts with a girl who followed a white rabbit down a hole. She then finds herself in a wonderland where flowers can sing, play cards, talk, and a maniacal queen who loves playing croquet. There is a scene where Alice meets the Mad Hatter, who was having a crazy tea party. It was a quirky sequence as they started singing the Very Merry Unbirthday Song.
The Importance of Earnest – 1952
This movie is based on an Oscar Wilde play wherein two men pretend to be something they are not, to woo a two woman. The ladies are Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, who met during an afternoon tea sequence. As they dine, they leave a bitty conversation with one another. The butler even turned the moment like a tennis match because of how the girls spar between themselves.
Paddington – 1958
Named for Paddington Station, Paddington is a little bear with a big heart searching for a London family. The Brown family took him in under one condition – he must learn manners! The family taught him not to drink the tea directly from the spout. There are some scenes at the small tearoom where Paddington Bear meets the family’s father, Mr. Brown, for the first time. There is also the scene with the tea train and the one in the Buckingham palace guard.
Mary Poppins -1964
Have you ever wanted a tea party on the ceiling as a child? If yes, then you should check out the classic movie, Mary Poppins. In one of its most iconic scenes, magical nanny Mary Poppins visits Uncle Albert. When uncles become hysterical, he would wind up floating on the ceiling. Burt, Mary, and the children joined him, and they decided to have an upside-down tea party. Enter the song, “I Love To Laugh.”
Princess Diaries – 2001
This family classic is all about an ordinary girl who finds out that she is actually a princess. Upon knowing, she meets the Queen of Genovia over tea with the classic “Old Country Roses” tea set. The Queen assured her that she would teach her the proper princess etiquette. With gentility and grace, the new princess discovers herself as she creates a meaningful relationship with her long-lost grandmother.
The Lord of the Rings – 2001
This a movie adapted from a J.R.R. Tolkien book. It revolves around the hobbits, elves, men, dwarves, wizards, and orcs (referred to as the goblins in.the prequel The Hobbit) who looked for the Ring of Power made by the Dark Lord Sauron. In one scene, Gandalf, Frodo, and Bilbo shared tea at the beginning of their big adventures. They believed that all matters are best discussed over a warm brew.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – 2004
Who is not familiar with JK Rowling’s wizardry series – Harry Potter? In the sequel Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry is haunted by Sirius Black. There are a lot of teacups and teapots scenes throughout the series. Notably, a quirky professor Sybill Trelawny taught his students how to read their future using the loose tea leaves in the teacup.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – 2005
This is an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ book, The Chronicles of Narnia. Narnia is a tale about four kids fighting for the good in an imaginary island. The Pevensie siblings stepped up to this challenge and enjoyed tea with Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, who told them about their mission.
Bronson – 2008
In this dark comedy movie, Michael Peterson, aka Charles Bronson, was Britain’s most violent criminal. The film has violent scenes as Peterson held many people hostage. You could see Peterson pushing a tea trolley and giving teacups to the prison guards in one of the calmer scenes. Along with him is the prisoner Paul Daniels singing the song, “Tea for Two.” Bronson then offers him a cup.