Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?
London’s Royal Ballet will remount their acclaimed production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland during the 2014 holiday season. And in a clever cross-marketing move, the Ballet has also invited popular hip hop dance company ZooNation to present their own “hip” (and “hop,” presumably) version of the tale, The Mad Hatter’s T Party, in their smaller theatre downstairs at the same time. Twice the Carrollian fun for theatre and dance (and Alice) fans!
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A mimsy minion reports that popular Canadian TV series Murdoch Mysteries offered an episode where a murder is committed at a Wonderland-themed party, and Murdoch himself is suspected.
To read IMDB’s description of the episode, click me.
You can buy the episode on Amazon Instant Video for $2.99.
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Another of our resourceful mimsy minions has pointed us to the Open Culture educational resource web site, where they offer one page with links to 550 free audio books, both classic and contemporary, and another page with links to 550 free eBooks. Both lists include versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland–and intriguingly, the audio books list also includes The Game of Logic!
If your ears need some Carrollian tickling, click me to explore the audio list.
If your eyes need some Carrollian reading, click me to explore the eBook list.
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Here’s another report from one of our mimsy minions, this time about a 2009 children’s book called Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett Krosoczka (Lunch Lady #2 in the series), with fun Carrollian references:
“ The plot revolves around an evil librarian and her minions vs. the superhero Lunch Lady and some good kids. The bad guys get their power from opening books and having their characters jump out in some sort of ethereal form to promulgate mayhem. Of course, their big weapon was Alice in Wonderland, from whose pages the Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar, Dodo, and Walrus emerged.”
It’s available in various formats. To view it on Amazon Smile, click me.
Attention shoppers–and especially tea set lovers! One of our mimsy minions has just alerted us to this elegant new porcelain tea set from Vista Alegre of Portugal. Illustrator (and now tea set decorator!) Teresa Lima won the National Illustration Prize for her Alice no País das Maravilhas (Livraria Civilização Editora, 1998).
For those of you who must have every Alice tea pot out there–you know what to do. And this set also includes a nifty Cheshire Cat cake plate, among other treats.
To view the collection, click me.
These days, we’re all seeing our beloved Victorian era (but let’s face it, timeless) Alice books retold using various forms of cutting edge technology. Here’s another example, this time from Adobe, that plays with special CSS (cascading style sheet, for non-developer folks) tags to tell the story in a stylish, web-based environment. You will note that the graphic design is quite distinctive, as well. Alice looks like a cross between a goth bobby-soxer and a dominatrix. And the caterpillar with the hookah–well, I confess the image did make me think “hookah” when I saw it! ;-)
Regardless of what you think of the project’s success in telling the Wonderland story well, it’s technically impressive. And it’s always fun to see that Lewis Carroll’s works continue to inspire people all over the globe. (If the video doesn’t show below, try reloading this page in your browser.)
And if you’d like to read more about how the Adobe team created this sample, click me.
If you’re a fan of Alice-themed jewelry, then this news from one of our mimsy minions should tickle you. An enterprising vendor called Out of Print is now offering a clever necklace depicting Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole in pursuit of the White Rabbit. It’s available on ModCloth.com.
Note: the site states that for every Out of Print item purchased, Out of Print donates a book to a needy community, which is a nice perk. This vendor specializes in literary products, and also carries some Alice-themed clothing items, and an iPhone case. So you may well find a suitable treat for yourself or a loved one, and do a little good for someone else at the same time.
To see more about the necklace, click me.
To see all of Out of Print’s products, click me.
From one of our mimsiest minions comes word of this unique item. Celebriducks is a company that produces “rubber duck” toy versions of famous figures and characters. I don’t know why. They just do. And the range of their line is quite extensive, so it was perhaps inevitable that our Alice would eventually be “duckified”! Interestingly, she seems to be wearing a pink dress, which is refreshing. In a nice touch, they’ve included the White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat, as well.
For more information, or to purchase this unusual item, click me.
Our 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!
Here’s another tidbit from a mimsy minion:
The Alice books have been translated into Hawaiian by a University of Hawaii professor in honor of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the publication of Wonderland, which is in 2015 as you likely know. He notes that as in other foreign language translations of the book, he had to apply some localization in order for the stories to make sense to Hawaiian readers. For instance, there are no crocodiles in Hawaii!
Translator R. Keao NeSmith notes that the publisher first tested his skills by asking him to translate the Mad Tea Party scene–which he likened to solving a Sudoku because of all the unique humor and references in it. The edition is printed by Michael Everson’s Evertype publishing house.
To read more about these new Hawaiian Alice translations, click me.