For those of you that were hoping that Tim Burton would use old-fashioned technology in his films, we have good news: Alan Rickman confirmed in an interview on MoviesOnline that Alice in Wonderland will feature stop-motion animation, along with live-action and computer-generated elements.
You can read the full interview here. Here's an excerpt:
MoviesOnline: What are you playing in Alice in Wonderland?
ALAN RICKMAN: The caterpillar.
MoviesOnline: A caterpillar? How do you get into something like that?
ALAN RICKMAN: Well, fortunately it’s animated.
MoviesOnline: Oh, okay.
ALAN RICKMAN: But it’s my face on an 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.
MoviesOnline: Oh, I don’t think so. No.
ALAN RICKMAN: So I’ll be with a live action Alice. I will be a construct.
MoviesOnline: Who is the Alice that you’re playing opposite?
ALAN RICKMAN: Mia [Wasikowska] is her name. I don’t know her surname. I met her yesterday because they’re shooting right here. If you make yourself into the invisible person, you can go in and have a look. She’s a young 19-year-old, apparently absolutely brilliant and certainly delightful person.