You Knew It Was Coming – Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass Trailer

The juggernaut that was Disney’s recent 2010 Tim Burton Alice has a sequel, and will be coming to theaters on Memorial Day – May 27th, 2016.  Today Disney released the first trailer after having dropped several tiny snippets over the past few days and weeks following the big D23 event this past summer.  And here it is.


When Alice Met Harry

When visiting Oxford in this 150th year,  as I’m sure everyone will <wink>, you might want to partake of the official Visit Oxfordshire city tour called “When Alice Met Harry”, which is a tour of all the significant Alice spots, and includes a dash of Harry Potter.  What could be better?

Walt Disney’s Animated Alice on the Big Screen

Walt Disney’s animated Alice is going to be showing at the El Capitan theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles for one night only February 12, 2015, as part of their Throwback Thursday series.  Don’t be late if you want to see it!

New Carroll Documentary on BBC Next Week

A new documentary by broadcaster and journalist Martha Kearney and featuring Morton Cohen will be broadcast on BBC 2 at 9 pm on Saturday, January 31.

Carroll Has Made the Big Time – A Question on QI

Even though I am American, I love QI.  Hosted by Stephen Fry, who wouldn’t?  This year  to celebrate Series L, the questioneers have published a special set of 20 questions in the Daily Mail Event page.  And Carroll made the list!

Lewis Carroll wrote many books but he was also a superb inventor. What did he invent?
a) A gas-fired toothbrush.
b) A pair of wheeled slippers.
c) A hat that combed your hair.
d) An alarm clock that threw you out of bed.

Answer: d). Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Dodgson (1832-1898), an Oxford mathematics lecturer. He designed ‘The Alarm Clock Bed’, which featured in the Great Exhibition of 1851. It woke occupants by tipping them out at a set time. His other inventions included a device for writing down thoughts at night without getting out of bed and an early form of the game Scrabble.

Russian Artist and Filmmaker Valeriy Kozhin

We love discovering new talent, even more so when they seek us out! Valeriy Kozhin reached out to us with his short film “The Gardeners Dream”, and had this to say:

I was born in Moscow in 1983. I  studied in VGIK (Russian filmmaker’s institute).  I’m a member of Russian Artists Union.  My degree work was “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.  It was 13 pictures for animated film.  But a film wasn’t shot.  

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I began to learn Carroll’s works in 2003 from the moment that I learned English.  The nonsense style is very close to me.  I love it.   

I found “The Mad Gardener’s song” in my child’s book.  But it was in Russian.  When I read it in English I found a large  difference.  And I decided to make a short film based on original poem.  At first I wanted to use a motif from Sylvie and Bruno, but when I read The Game of Logic, I understood one very interesting thing, that The Mad Gardener’s Song and Game of Logic share one motif.  It’s a game and ‘A SYLLOGISM’.

The Gardener’s Dream was shot in 2013 in Russia.  It was my second film.  I shot this film during one year.  I connected puppet and cut-out animation.  The voices from the film are my friends from England.  I want to show Carroll’s logic or nonsense logic.  And don’t forget that It’s just a dream, Mad Gardener’s dream. 

There is no interest in Russia because very few people know Sylvie and Bruno and The Mad Gardener’s song.  The film was on MMKF festival in Moscow and Susdal’s animation festival in Russia.”

Hugh Laurie Narrates ‘Alice in Wonderland’-Themed Ad for EasyJet

easyJetVery fun ad with narration by Hugh Laurie for easyJet, featuring a very tardy bunny singing a very familiar Disney song.  Enjoy!

Public Performance of 1915 Silent Film in Fairfax, VA with Live Accompaniment

I can’t believe we’re going to miss this, hopefully some of our DC-area Carrollians will get to go.  The Arts Council of Fairfax County and Virginia Friend is hosting a performance of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.  As their website puts it “A family-friendly evening in Strawberry Park combining orchestra and film, based on the 1915 silent movie adaptation, this hour-long program includes musical interludes between sections of the film as well as underscoring of the entire film with new arrangements of familiar children’s songs.  Bring your own blanket and picnic.”

Sep 6, 2014 – 6:00 PM – Strawberry Park


Locations Now Available for Streaming Alice Ballet

As we mentioned back in April, the brilliant Alice ballet by Christopher Wheeldon will be streamed to movie theaters around the world on December 16.  American theater locations are now available here.  I urge you to see this if you can.

Funky Stop Motion Snark on YouTube

YouTube seems to be a great source of unusual items lately, and this is no exception!