Video

Toronto Alice

Jennifer Linton

2015, 05:26 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 1077.02

The character of Alice from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ is transported to contemporary Toronto. Whilst riding a streetcar, Alice encounters a pair of strange characters who engage her in an equally strange debate over whether or not they exist. The dialogue is borrowed directly from Carroll, but given a fresh and funny new twist in this short stop-motion animation.

Toronto Alice employs paper cutouts and articulated paper puppets, photographed against flat, 2D backgrounds with the technique of stop-motion animation. Using paper cutouts, I strive to capitalize on their inherent anti-realism to produce films steeped in fantastic and dreamlike imagery. The technical limitations of paper puppets, with their characteristically stiff movements, make cutout animation particularly well suited to animations whose themes involve fantasy, surrealism, dreams, and that which otherwise lacks realism. Rather than being a hindrance, the anti-realism of the paper cutout serves to amplify the strangeness of the events that happen throughout.

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