Alice in Wonderland (1999 TV Movie)
Gene Wilder: Mock Turtle
[the Mock Turtle begins his tale]
Mock Turtle : Once...
[starts moaning and wringing his hands]
Mock Turtle : I was once a real turtle...
[breaks down completely]
Alice : [rises to leave] Thank you for that very interesting story...
Mock Turtle : I haven't started yet!
The Gryphon : [half-pleading] Stay! You may learn something!
Mock Turtle : When Griff and I were little, we went to school in the same sea. And the master was an old turtle; we used to call him "tortoise."
Alice : Why would you call him tortoise if he wasn't one?
Mock Turtle : We called him "tortoise" because he "taught us."
The Gryphon : You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Asking a simple question like that.