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.”

Alice in Wonderland Light Show in Sunderland, UK

This fall (or autumn as our UK friends would say) the city of Sunderland in the UK will be mounting their light show Sunderland Illuminations, from Sep 27 – Nov 2.   As in previous years, a large part of the extravaganza will feature Alice themed displays.  If your are in the neighbo(u)rhood, stop by and take some photos!

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.

Huntsville, AL Botanical Garden Alice’s Garden of Wonders

The Botanical Gardens in Huntsville AL have an Alice theme running all summer (May-Aug), titled Alice’s Garden of Wonders.  including a week-long camp for kids running from July 28-Aug 1.  Information can be found at their website here.  Read a review of the experience here and see some photographs here.  Being a botanical garden I’m sure they have a most excellent garden of live flowers.

Abandoned Alice in Wonderland Theme Park in Korea?!

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.

Alice Themed Office Space in London

Ok, I want to work here.  A Serviced Office space in London where everything is themed to Alice in Wonderland!  I’d take a meeting here any day!

New App for the Tourist in Llandudno

The town of Llandudno in Wales has come up with a novel aid to tourism – an app!  The app will provide tourists with 3D adventures and take them on an enhanced digital tour of all the Alice related places in town.  Available in June, not much has been revealed as of yet, but we’ll keep you posted!

The Time Has Come … For a Holiday Getaway!

From one of our Twitter follows comes this link to a very nice Alice themed event locale in Brighton. The Wonderland House is “the perfect base for large family gatherings, friendly get-togethers, vintage themed hen parties or a corporate team-building activity. WONDERLAND HOUSE has stunning sea views and is arranged over 5 floors with 6 exciting, individually designed bedrooms to discover. Sleeps up to 24 guests.”  I say Frabjous!

Alice’s House for Sale for a Cool £1million

I bet if we all pooled our money we could buy this as our official residence and meeting place.  Ah well, I can dream can’t I?  Click me to see some actually quite nice photographs of the the house.  And if any of you Mimsy Minions do in fact buy it, I would love to visit!

Foyles Bookstore Renovations Included An Alice-Themed History

Foyles Window CoveringOur Secretary, Clare Imholtz, reports that in January, Foyles Bookstore on Charing Cross Road in London underwent renovations.  Rather than just boarding up their windows while the changes were made, Foyles covered the windows with a creative history of the venerable bookstore–much of which was Alice-themed.

If you see something fun and Alice-themed in your own travels, send us a photo and a brief description so that we can share it with all our blog readers!

 

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