Lou Bunin, a puppeteer and filmmaker whose 1951 screen version of “Alice in Wonderland” is considered an early special effects classic, has died. He was 89.
Bunin died Thursday of a stroke at the Actor’s Fund Nursing Home in Englewood , N.J., said his daughter, Amy Kaiman.
Bunin invented film techniques to make animated puppet productions for children.
He produced TV commercials and educational films for children, as well as political animations for adults that were shown at the 1939-40 World’s Fair in New York.
His “Alice in Wonderland,” rereleased in 1985, was a live-action and animated puppet film that, with its angular puppets and stop-action filming, is highly regarded by film historians.
Several of Bunin’s puppets are displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
Bunin is survived by two brothers, a sister and three daughters.