During a recent interview, Alan Rickman has let slip some more details about Tim Burton’s upcoming film Alice In Wonderland. Rickman will play the Caterpillar, starring alongside Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helene Bonham Carter as well as the likes of Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen and Crispin Glover.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I’m a voice, but I have been filmed because it’s my face who will be on the end of something that will be the caterpillar. So it’s the first time that they’ve mixed three disciplines, I suppose — live action, animation, and stop motion. I think I’m part of the animation bit, and I saw Helena [Bonham-Carter] and Crispin Glover yesterday. They’re a mixture of the two, actually, because there’s Helena 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.”
“I don’t know what it (the Caterpillar) looks like, so I’ve 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.”
Wow, that sounds intriguing. It doesn’t sound like anything we’ve seen before – live action, animation and stop motion all mixed together? That could make for a very visually stunning experience, I think we can all agree Burton has the skill to apply such techniques in a well done fashion.
I know it seems a bit monotonous casting the same people over and over in his films (particularly Depp) but his projects just seem to suit his usual actors perfectly and I say if it works why change the formula?
I look forward to Alice in Wonderland greatly, how about you? Any fellow fans of Tim Burton out there?
Sources: Dark Horizons and MoviesOnline