The hookah-smoking Caterpillar is one of the hippest characters in Alice in Wonderland. He spends his time sitting on a magic mushroom, smoking his hookah, and contemplating. Remember what the Doormouse said! Alice has shrunken down to a size too small for her liking. After asking Alice exactly who she is (in words and in smoke) he then instructs her to eat a part of his mushroom grow back to her original size. The Caterpillar is voiced by Richard Haydn.
Animation Cel of the Caterpillar
The author of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll was also a famous mathematician of his time. He matriculated at Oxford in May 1850, and in 1852 he obtained first class honours in Mathematics Moderations. His talent as a mathematician won him the Christ Church Mathematical Lectureship in 1855, which he continued to hold for the next twenty-six years. He based the character of Alice on the Dean Henry Liddell’s daughter Alice Pleasance Liddell.