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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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Noble Pursuits

Posted by American McGee (Creator)

Greetings Insane Children,

It's been a while since our last Otherlands update, but progress continues apace. Here's the latest:

In Los Angeles the team of model makers and animators working under direction from Troy are putting finishing touches on sets and puppets. They plan to begin production shooting soon. Troy sends along some video TEST FOOTAGE (please note emphasis) so you can get a sense of where the Wagner animation is heading. Check it out: 

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In Shanghai, Ed and his team of 3D-animators are also putting finishing touches on 3D models and set pieces. They are scheduled to begin animation production soon. Ed recently visited the sound studio here at Spicy Horse to direct voice over recording for both his and Troy's animations. 

I believe everyone will be pleased to learn that we've brought back THE voice of Alice - Susie Brann - to record VO for our animations. Here's a sample of some dialog from the recent recording session: 

Next up... music! I am pleased to announce that we have received wonderful word from the weird world of Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys. They've offered to work with our directors to produce music for the shorts. Given the surreal breadth of sound that comes out of this group, I think the resulting marriage could be quite beautiful. We'll smash our brains together and report back results soon! (And yes, we are still able to work with Chris Vrenna - we may end up with a mix of tracks or even a collaboration - who knows!?)

Progress on the feature film has come to a temporary halt. Due to the nature of the license option we've secured we can only develop the feature film story and production so far - then must acquire the film rights completely before proceeding further. That being the case, I am working with potential investors and financiers to gather the required funding ($400kUSD) so that we can move to the next phase of development. While it is frustrating to be blocked by a contract technicality, it's not unexpected and it's certainly not insurmountable. With the work we've done so far, people we've attracted to the production, and level of support we have from the community, we have an attractive pitch for potential investors. Keep those fingers crossed!

Lastly, logistics. It seems most of you that pledged for physical items (posters) have received your shipments. A few people are still waiting for the "slow boat from China" to arrive on your distant shores. Many thanks for your continued patience! If you're still waiting on a poster and it hasn't arrived by end of July, please let me know (send a message to me via Kickstarter). 

Those of you waiting on Art Books, DVDs or the animations themselves, those items will be delivered after animation production has finished. We're still targeting end of 2014 for that phase of the project. 

I'll leave you with some production photos from Troy and his team in LA: 

Adjusting Wagner
Adjusting Wagner
Training the Dragon
Training the Dragon

 From Shanghai,


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    1. Jay Shah on

      Are we all really insane children??? LOL - Wooooo!!!! Yeah some of us ARE.
      Nice update! Hearing the sample of Susie is awesome. Looks good so far!

    2. Theobeau:OOoE\Mad man with a box/Exiled on

      Great update with the test footage particularly impressive!

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    4. Melissa Roberts (iclashwitheverything) on

      Oh man I just keep getting more and more excited for this!

    5. Chris J Capel on

      Excellent news, and I'm happy to hear Susie Brann and Chris Vrenna are back. It would feel wrong to have someone else as Alice, and Chris' score for the first game is one of my favourite game soundtracks ever.

    6. Gonzalo M.B. on

      I really want to thanks you the constant updates and hard work! going on you have my enterely support!

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      Emily Zink on

      Everything looks magical so far, so much talent! You guys must really be enjoying yourselves. I can't thank you all enough for continuing to bring my favorite fairy tale to life, and with such finesse and care. Can't wait to see more!

    8. Canyon

      The animation sample is impressive! Thank you.

    9. Aru on

      I'm pretty sure the potential film was more of a "down the road" kind of thing. Doubtful it affects Otherlands, just an interesting note aside. On that note, nice to see the progress so far, looking good.

    10. Russell Deitch on

      This is all great to see. Does the temporary hiatus of the feature film impact on the DVD of Alice: Otherlands?

    11. Sarah Larrabee on

      So dang excited. I love the look of everything so far. Can't wait to see more. :D

    12. Samuli Turunen on

      I am sooo happy and excited ;_; Thank you so much!

    13. Emma Bjørnstrup on

      So amazing!! I'm looking so much forward! :D

    14. Donovan Bell on

      Thank you for the update American. I had a suspicion things were progressing nicely due to the long gap in updates. I have full confidence you'll get the film rights needed :)

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      enthralled on

      Awsome! Thanks

    16. Lucian Cruor on

      Amazing! I'm so very excited and pleased with everything happening!

    17. Oscar Brax Ous on

      Fantastic can't wait!!

    18. Kazy N. on

      It's just, back in 2011 I've been listening to their music while playing in A:MR, and now I feel like this was a prophecy...

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