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!
Q10 LEWIS CARROLL
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.
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.
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.”
Very fun ad with narration by Hugh Laurie for easyJet, featuring a very tardy bunny singing a very familiar Disney song. Enjoy!
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
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.
YouTube seems to be a great source of unusual items lately, and this is no exception!
From our elevator buddy Jenna comes this link to something I’ve never seen, but is way cool. A 1954 TV version of Alice on the Kraft Television Theatre, featuring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Interesting that they are involved as they were also on the Disney TV show One Hour in Wonderland on Christmas 1950 that promoted the soon-to-be-released Disney animated film. Share and enjoy!
Our next meeting, in Toronto and environs October 3–5, promises to be a doozy! Check out our Events Page for all the details. See you there!
This just in from our Fearless Leader:
Nickelodeon’s animated preschool bilingual heroine Dora the Explorer becomes the latest to bop through a looking-glass. Originally aired as “Dora in Wonderland” in March (Season 7, Episode 16), it is now available on YouTube and DVD. It features Mel Brooks as the Mad Hatter and Alan Cumming as the White Rabbit.
For those who just can’t get enough High Definition Czech surrealist cinema with a Carrollian twist, this is definitely for you. Released back in April, the Jan Svankmajer Alice is now on Blu-Ray. Check out this New York Times article. Said the Rabbit.