After years of being draped in hideously ugly tarps to cover the makeshift scaffolding erected to correct a supposed OSHA violation, the Imagineers at Disney finally unveiled their new enhanced Alice dark ride at Disneyland on Alice Day, July 4th. Hooray! Check out this POV video for the new experience. I must say the new effects look great, and the changes to the downramp vine could have been much worse, but I will always miss the old vine. For additional commentary go here and here. We’ll be riding it ourselves shortly, and will comment here with our take.
Seems everyone is getting into the swing of Alice 150, including this site celebrating the best of Alice illustrations over the past 150 years.
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!
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.
Josh Sobel and crew of “The Forks & Hope Ensemble” have previously mounted showings of Snark in Chicago as mentioned here. But now they are taking their show on the road, all the way to Fringe in Edinburgh! Check out their trailer below. And if you want to help them get to Fringe, visit their campaign page where you can see the full trailer and donate.
Details of their Fringe appearance (wish I could go)
What: The Hunting of the Snark
Who: The Forks & Hope Ensemble, originally produced by Strawdog Theatre
Where: Greenside Theatre at Nicolson Square, Downstairs (Venue 209)
When: 11:30AM on August 11, 12, 13,14, 15
Tickets: £8 (£6 concession, £24 family price)
For your own little Alice (or even you), Disney has released a new line of cosmetics with an Alice theme under their Beautifully Disney collection, appropriately titled Curiouser and Curiouser. I especially like the Non Sensical Nail Polish.
I have never heard of this, but looks like it must’ve been quite bizarre. Blogger Lindsay Eryn stumbled upon the abandoned park and shared some photos. Sadly the park has since been completely demolished.
A very nice stop motion piece based on “The Mad Gardener’s Song” from Sylvie & Bruno.
LCSNA member Cathy Rubin has published an article on the Huffington Post all about Alice – Alice150 that is. Spread the word, Alice150 is only 15 months away!