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.”

Funky Stop Motion Snark on YouTube

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

Dora in Wonderland Movie

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.

Jan Svankmajer’s Alice Now on Blu-Ray

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.

The Gardener’s Dream

A very nice stop motion piece based on “The Mad Gardener’s Song” from Sylvie & Bruno.

Indiegogo Project for Alice Inspired Stop Motion Animation Film

Animator Jennifer Linton want to make a film about Alice in contemporary Toronto using stop motion techniques.  Her Indiegogo campaign has be a huge success having already reached its goal, but its not too late to get in on the perks and contribute to what looks like a beautiful modern retelling.   Visit her Indiegogo page for all the details.

Classic Betty Boop Cartoon Betty In Blunderland

What better way to start the new year than with a classic 1930’s Alice-themed cartoon?  Here is Betty Boop as Alice, in a “Blunderland” that only Max Fleischer could have dreamed up.  If you haven’t seen this in a while, or if (gasp!) you’ve never seen it, sit back and enjoy!  (If the video doesn’t display below, try reloading this page.)