Saturday, February 13, 2010

Burton on the Tweedles, "Scary" Twins

Director Tim Burton discussed where his ideas for the look of Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Alice in Wonderland came from

"I kept thinking about the twins in 'The Shining,' " Burton said, referring to the Stanley Kubrick thriller that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. "But really any kind of twins. There's always something scary about them, in a way. Or there can be."

Burton was inspired by the eerie twins in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.

Burton then went on to praise Matt Lucas for doing a "great job" and informing the rotund look of the stripes-wearing twins.

"We didn't want to do motion capture because I'm, personally, not really into that and since I like these actors I thought it would be really nice to use them -- with actors like Matt or Johnny [Depp as the Mad Hatter] or Helena [Bonham Carter as the Red Queen] I wanted to get what they brought to it," Burton explained. "So with Matt it's kind of a mix of animation and him. It's a weird mixture of things which gives his characters the disturbing quality that they so richly deserve."

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