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.”

Hugh Laurie Narrates ‘Alice in Wonderland’-Themed Ad for EasyJet

easyJetVery fun ad with narration by Hugh Laurie for easyJet, featuring a very tardy bunny singing a very familiar Disney song.  Enjoy!

Upgraded Alice Attraction Finally Opens at Disneyland

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.

Funky Stop Motion Snark on YouTube

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

1954 Kraft Television Theatre Alice on YouTube

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!

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.

The Hunting of the Snark @ Edinburgh Fringe!

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

The Gardener’s Dream

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

New World Jabberwocky

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.

Tastes Like…Cherry Tart. Goodness!

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!