For those of you who could not attend the amazing spring meeting at the University of Maryland this past April, fear not! UMD graciously filmed all the talks and are now available for viewing on YouTube! Relive the magic that is a bunch of Carrollians talking about Alice.
There was a discussion of Alice at 11am ET on February 25 on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR. Special guests Rosemary Jann – professor of English at George Mason University, John Pfordrescher – professor of English at Georgetown University, and Lizzie Skurnick editor-in-chief Lizzie Skurnick Books.
Also be sure to check out the article on Alice in video on her show page.
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.”
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.
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!
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) https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/hunting-of-the-snark