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Rendered in beautiful 3D animation, Alice enters the "Otherlands" of London's most beautiful and terrifying minds.
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A Night at the Opera

Posted by American McGee (Creator)

Greetings Backers, 

American here with an exciting update on progress with the stop-motion animation being directed by Troy Morgan. But first, a prelude to set the mood: 

A poster for Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelugen is being placed on the marquee outside London’s Royal Opera House.

Inside, Alice is sweeping and cleaning the floors of the lobby, wearing a dingy work dress. A burly head janitor orders her around. He grumbles to her about more work. When he is gone, Alice peers inside the closed doors to the main theater. It is dark, cavernous huge. She walks up the dimly lit stage. She’s never been allowed in here before and her curiosity in uncontrollable. She nearly reaches the stage when suddenly the head janitor grabs her by the hair and pulls her head back. “Want to be a performer do we little pretty?” he says in a gruff, cockney voice. “Maybe you can do a little dance for me later tonight.” He throws her into a costume closet and locks the door.

This is where Troy starts his Alice: Otherlands animation, which will take our hero into the mind of legendary German composer, Richard Wagner. Expect to see Valkyries, Ragnorok, and Wotan in Valhalla during this operatic animation. It's going to be a dramatic flight. 

Alice's Shoulders
Alice's Shoulders

Troy's working with an impressive team to create all the props and puppets needed to bring this vision to life. The amazing machinist, Jim Randal is creating one of a kind ball and socket armatures, as seen in the surrounding images. Troy is also discussing his vision for the soundtrack with everyone's favorite Alice composer, Chris Vrenna. A dream team making a dream come true - all because of your awesome support.  

Alberich the Dragon
Alberich the Dragon

 Troy says he's working on some motion control shots this weekend. If we're lucky he might even share some of his early footage with us! Fingers crossed. 

Progress is also being made on other fronts - with the rendered animation being directed by Ed Goin, and the efforts to get a live-action Alice feature film into production. More exciting news on these topics in upcoming posts. 

PS: Check out "The Gate" - the latest game from Spicy Horse, now available on Facebook and coming soon to iOS and Android. It's hellishly good fun :) 

From Shanghai with Love, 



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    1. Adrian Tai on

      would we have "The Ride of the Valkyries" featured in this short. i love this piece/ theme...

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      Kasey Brunig and Michael Swartz on

      when are we expected to get our posters? its been awhile since I've gotten any emails/updates

    3. Cassie Trogani on

      Just another idea for future profits.

      The company will provide the materials and clothing and such for companies/ buyers such as yourself, and you insert the designs to create say, an iPhone case, a kitchen apron, t-shirts, jackets, watches, keychains, etc.

      I would love to see some of the clever designs you could come up with for t-shirts and such!

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      Olivera Teodorovic on

      Did you ever send out the art posters?

    5. Jester King on

      Is the release still December Christmas or when ? No Rush :D

    6. Sarah Larrabee on

      Stop motion is still my all time favorite movie style. :D The time, work & detail put into it is simply superb.

    7. Russell Deitch on

      "Alberich the Dragon"

      Why combine two? Alberich is the dwarf from Das Reingold and Fafner is the dragon from Siegfried (transformed from a giant by the tarmhelm).

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      John Levenick on

      As not only a machinist, but someone who grew up in a family of machinists, I am impressed with the quality of these armatures. I very much look forward to more peeks behind the scenes!

    9. Tori Young on

      Will the other wonderland characters join in like The Walrus and the Carpenter?