Lilian Min
September 24, 2015 8:47 am

Out of all of the Disney films, Alice in Wonderland is definitely one of the weirdest (in the best way). Between the animated objects, light body horror, and not-so-thinly-veiled drug references, the Lewis Carroll adaptation has that classic old Disney animation quality, but with a unique surrealist art bent. Now, one artistic tech-savvy fellow has mashed up the film’s tea scene with 17 classic paintings, and the results are as strange and wonderful as the film itself.

Programmer Gene Kogan put together his remix using code that lets you overlay art on top of existing video. If that concept’s a little difficult to grasp, think about those Photobooth filters that let you turn your background into the ocean or another super pixellated “scene”; it’s the same idea, except that the painting isn’t just limited to the background; every fillable space from the film is emptied out and replaced with shifting, frenetic color.

Using paintings by Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Frida Kahlo, Kogan turns the already trippy Alice in Wonderland tea scene into an even trippier version. It’s not as simple as copy-and-pasting snippets of those paintings in every part of the frame . . . in fact, it’s the sort of thing that would be best explained by seeing it in action.

Watch the video below, and just try to keep up with the art changes. If Kogan needs more Disney inspiration, may we suggest this?

Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk? from Gene Kogan on Vimeo.

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