Tim Burton uses shelter rabbits for Alice in Wonderland inspiration

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Adopt your own white rabbit — like Christian Dior, at Hug-a-Bunny Rabbit Rescue in Rutherford, NJ

I’m so excited to see the new Tim Burton-helmed Alice in Wonderland — and even more so after reading that shelter bunnies played a role in filming!

According to a press release from Walt Disney Pictures:

Tim Burton wanted the animal characters in Wonderland to appear real rather than cartoony. So before creating the White Rabbit, animators spent a day at a rabbit shelter for abandoned rabbits, observing the animals and shooting photo reference footage to ensure they captured the nuances of rabbits chewing and wriggling their noses.

There are more than 5,000 bunnies for adoption on Petfinder. Could one of them be “late, late, for a very important date” with you?