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.
A very nice stop motion piece based on “The Mad Gardener’s Song” from Sylvie & Bruno.
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.
It should come as no surprise that the latest in Disney’s Johnny Depp-fueled Alice films is not based on Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. The director speaks.
A mimsy minion reports that popular Canadian TV series Murdoch Mysteries offered an episode where a murder is committed at a Wonderland-themed party, and Murdoch himself is suspected.
To read IMDB’s description of the episode, click me.
You can buy the episode on Amazon Instant Video for $2.99.
Reminder: If you do shop on Amazon, remember that by using their Amazon Smile site, you can designate a worthy charity to receive a tiny portion of the proceeds for each purchase you make.
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.)
Here is another missive from one of our most active minions:
“Carroll’s Isa Bowman and ’60s icon Petula Clark? In the same movie!? Yep, Vote for Huggett (1949) featured Isa (then 75), her sisters Nellie and Empsie Bowman, and former child star Petula Clark (17, singing “In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree”). Also in the cast were David Tomlinson (George Banks in Mary Poppins), popular screen beauty Diana Dors (18), and Anthony Newley. Based on the radio series Meet the Huggets (1953–61), the movie is now available in a 4-DVD set called The Huggetts Collection, from ITV.”
Isa Bowman of course was one of Lewis Carroll’s closest child friends after Alice, and wrote a book about her visits with him, Lewis Carroll As I Knew Him (and later published under another title, as well). She had a small role in the first authorized stage production of Alice in London, and played the role of Alice in the revival a few years later.
You can also find the set available from various vendors via Amazon.com. To see a list, click me.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are considering buying these DVDs, they are encoded for Region 2, so they will not play on standard U.S. DVD players.