Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Tim Burton vs. the Chesire Cat
Tim Burton explained to the Los Angeles Times that a certain character stirred some strong feelings during the development of Alice in Wonderland -- and not exactly good feelings.
"The Cheshire Cat was a character I had a very specific image of and it's because I just have this thing about cats," Burton said. "The Cheshire Cat taps into what you might call my hatred of cats."'
Stephen Fry -- the acclaimed British author, broadcaster, actor, comedian, and all-around polymath -- lent his voice to the ever-grinning feline.
"Stephen Fry did a great job of getting that creepy quality. You know, this weird kind of floaty, too-focused, creepy -- he did it great. He has this thing of getting up close and just sitting there and staring at you, you know, like a cat. It just kind of sits there."
"I have this thing with cats. And with Cheshire Cat it's a love-hate relationship. You can, uh, hear it in my voice can't you?"