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.
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)
A very nice stop motion piece based on “The Mad Gardener’s Song” from Sylvie & Bruno.
From our good friends at the Cassady Collection at USC (hosts of our Fall Meeting 2013) comes this entry to their annual Wonderland Award. Quite stunning. You can see the entire collection of videos uploaded by the Wonderland Awards on their YouTube channel here.
How cool is this? A chef actually created a drink that has all the flavors of Alice’s Drink Me bottle! Although he does need to come up with a better vessel in my opinion. Barkeep, a round for the table please!
A very nice video on YouTube featuring our fellow Carrollian (and Fall Meeting 2013 host) Karen Mortillaro and her anamorphic sculpture, including her extensive Alice in Wonderland series.
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.