Friday, January 24, 2014

Live Action Reference Photo 749-24 - Alice and the Caterpillar

Starting another batch of live action reference photos, all of which seem to have come out of a key book by the look of the punched holes.  First up is this great one of both Kathy and Richard Hayden as the Caterpillar!
I don't think I was aware that Richard Hayden performed the live action reference until I got this still with its snipe still intact on the reverse.
The Caterpillar sequence was among the first animated and the look of Alice in certain scenes is quite different from the rest of the film.
Even the colors of her dress vary slightly, with the collar tabs being a lighter shade of blue.


Snow White Archive said...

It's great seeing the live-action reference shots. Always fascinating stuff.

Major Pepperidge said...

You can definitely tell that the footage wasn't just traced (as so many people think). I wonder if the animators were grateful for the reference photos and footage, or did they feel like it was restrictive?

Matt said...

@snow - indeed, I love 'em!

@major - yes, richard hayden doesn't not really resemble a worm, legged or otherwise. From what I've read, the animators really liked having the footage as it gave them ideas for their animation. While they wouldn't necessarily copy exactly, it gave them cues for emotions or actions that they might not have been able to come up with with only a voice track.

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