Animation Cel of the Caterpillar
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.
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.