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Alice: Otherlands Kickstarter launches as Spicy Horse tries to gain movie rights

Tuesday, 16th July 2013 08:13 GMT By Dave Cook

Alice: Otherlands developer Spicy Horse has launched a Kickstarter to acquired the film rights to the fairytale series, with a view to creating a series of animated shorts.

The campaign comes as Spicy Horse founder American McGee cancelled the studio’s failing OZombie Kickstarter drive. In this statement he explained that the window for securing the Alice film rights was closing fast so he had to choose between projects, suggesting OZombie may return at some point.

McGee emailed VG247 this morning to update us on the Alice: Otherlands project, which has so far raised $25,585 of its $200,000 goal with 19 days left.

The statement reads, “Ready for another trip down the rabbit hole? “Alice: Otherlands” will explore the subconscious beauty and horror lurking within the minds of some of London’s most imaginative writers, inventors and artists. Presented as a series of computer animated shorts, these adventures will form a prelude to Alice’s larger debut on the big screen.

“Your support of the just-launched Kickstarter campaign will help make this dream a reality.”

The project will start as a series of animated shorts, with a view to creating a feature length movie that sees Alice entering the ‘Wonderlands’ inside the minds of other people, including Vincent Van Gogh. Check out this concept art of his world:

I interviewed McGee on the Alice: Otherlands plot here, and he explained that Alice will delve into people’s minds as a way of saving orphaned children from the rapid industrialisation of London. It’s a dark story as usual, and the mind worlds smack positively of Double Fine’s Psychonauts.

Let us know what you think of the project below.

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  1. sh4dow

    Alright, these were my exact thoughts (and actions):

    I immediately clicked the link and to check the FAQ whether this is going to have quicksaves.
    Of course, I then pretty quickly realized that this isn’t a new Alice game.

    Hell, I would pay $20 just for a quicksave patch/mod for Madness Returns, so it would finally make sense for me to play this otherwise great game!

    But shorts? Not my cup of tea.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. SeveringP1E

    I’m honestly happy they are looking into making animated shorts. You have to keep in mind games usually have rights of ownership and if they don’t give up ownership, there is no new game. I’m sure an attempt was made for these rights and probably ended up only being able to make shorts. Hopefully the shorts will show enough popularity to get another game made though. Regardless I’m hoping the animation gets enough $ for the kick starter and this goes ahead.

    #2 1 year ago