Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland to Incorporate Stop Motion; Alan Rickman Talks About Being The Caterpillar
Posted on Friday, December 19th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
When it was first announced, Disney said that Tim Burton‘s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland would be filmed using a hybrid of live-action and performance-capture/computer animation. Well it appears that Burton is also employing stop animation as well. Alan Rickman, who plays the Caterpillar in the film, explains to MoviesOnline that his face is transplanted onto a completely animated caterpillar.
“So, it’s a mixture. The movie is a mixture of live action, animation, and stop motion, so it’s very complicated and I don’t think all three have been put together ever before,” reveals Rickman. “So I’ll be with a live action Alice. I will be a construct.”
I don’t believe that the three have ever been mixed together in one movie before (I’m sure someone will correct me in the comments). It also doesn’t sound like Rickman shot his part on the green screen stages at all.
Rickman tells Buzzine that he’s “only done the first stage of it, which is them recording me saying these lines quite badly. Then, somewhere down the line, they’ll have animated it and I’ll redo it.” He also reveals that Helena Bonham-Carter, who plays The Red Queen, is “in a costume and in makeup but her head is going to be made three times bigger than it actually is on top of the costume.”