Artist/Director Dave McKean and old friend author Neil Gaiman make like the creative trellis and vine team on the opening credit sequence to MirrorMask featuring the unadulterated sock puppetry of a boxed-in, 15 year old Helena who "wishes she could run away from the circus and join real life."
Illustration, 3D and live action meld in a phantasmagoric menagerie with a big budget scope in a small budget reality. The depth and graphic style help to usher in The Dark Crystal & Alice in Wonderland sensibilities.
When asked about the opening McKean told Art of the Title, "I can tell you that it was not planned. The beginning of the film I intended didn't work, so I had to improvise."
Well done, sir.
Director: Dave McKean
Lead Animator and Effects Artist: Alexis Hall