If you attended our fall meeting in Los Angeles, you may have already seen a sample of this new tool in action: a company called Plotagon has created an Alice in Wonderland pack for their animated movie creation software. All you need to do is write your own story, add it to Plotagon’s software, and the Wonderland avatars then perform your script. The tool is currently in Beta (final testing) stage, and at the moment it’s completely free to download and use.
Please read their FAQs and Terms of Service carefully before you start. If you want to share your little featurettes, you would need to upload your finished project to Plotagon’s web site, and share a link from there. And while you retain rights to any original story you create, Plotagon retains rights to all aspects of their software, so you are creating projects with joint ownership. There is of course also the likelihood that Plotagon will charge for use of the software and/or hosting down the road. For now, however, we have been assured it’s free to download and use.
To learn more and download the software, click me.
If you check it out, let us know what you think!
Attention all Mimsy Minions and especially literary art lovers! To help celebrate the release of their second gorgeous “Alice” image, the good folks at Litographs.com have graciously extended to you, our Blog readers, an exclusive offer of 15% off your purchases at their site for the month of November. This discount actually applies to all their merchandise for November only, and will not be made available in our magazine or anywhere else (which is pretty much the definition of exclusive, after all). Right now, they are also offering free US domestic shipping on orders of $48 or more.
If you’re not already familiar with Litographs, they create wonderful literary-themed images composed of the texts of famous books. If you visit their site, and view either of the Alice images full size, you’ll see all the words of Wonderland! Their first Alice image (still available) is one of Alice falling down the rabbit hole. For each image, they offer posters, tote bags, and T-shirts (be sure to read the “What to Expect” section on the T-shirts; they are hand-printed).
Litographs also shares the LCSNA’s goal of promoting literacy and enjoyment of great literature. They partner with International Book Bank, and send a high-quality book to schools and libraries in developing countries for each product sold. Since 2011, they have helped send over 20,000 books! So, you’re shopping for yourself, and for a good cause.
How do you take advantage of this lovely offer from these lovely people? Simply enter the code CARROLLBLOG at checkout anytime during the month of November, and 15% will be deducted from your product total. It sounds like a brillig gift idea for the upcoming holiday season.
Our thanks to Corey Fein at Litographs.com for extending this delightful exclusive offer. Remember that it is good only for the month of November!
Curiouser and curiouser. Even if you don’t follow the gossip columns, or go to the movies, chances are you’ve heard of talented actress Kristen Stewart, star of the megahit Twilight film franchise, as well as Snow White and the Huntsman, among others. Perhaps that second title should have given us all a hint; it turns out that Ms. Stewart grew up in a fairytale, Wonderland-themed home, complete with a giant chess board by the pool, and several Alice-themed murals. The home is now on the market due to her parents’ pending divorce; if you have $1.75 Million, you can snap it up for yourself!
To view pictures of the property, click me.
The Volcano Theatre Company is presenting an all-female, avant-garde production of Alice in Wonderland at various locations in Britain through November 23rd. For more information about the show, click me.
And here’s a look at their rehearsal process, including a few words from the production’s director, who opines that (ahem) the original book isn’t really read that much anymore…! (TIP: If the video doesn’t load below, try refreshing this page.)
Memory lane is strewn with many curious things, including Wonderland-themed musical numbers from various television shows. Here, in Episode 506 of The Muppet Show, a young and charming Brooke Shields (whose singing has improved significantly since this very early effort) plays the role of Alice in a musical number about her trip down the rabbit hole, appropriately titled “Falling.”
All sorts of odd Jim Henson creatures float by Alice as she falls. Doctor Teeth’s head is on the Cheshire Cat’s body, and he gets to sing the best lyrical zinger, one that pretty much sums up most Alice adaptations. Listen for it!
Thanks to one of our mimsy minions for sending along the link to this amusing vintage clip. (If the video doesn’t show below, try refreshing this page.)
Speaking of the visuals from Disney’s two versions of Alice, now an office space in London has incorporated elements of both in a suite of singular rooms. Want to hold your next meeting down the rabbit hole? To check out the entertaining images, click me.
From the “You can’t make this stuff up (unless maybe you’re Lewis Carroll)” Department comes this entertaining news item from the UK. It seems a florist in Blackburn had a wooden figure of the Disney Caterpillar in her store’s window display, complete with a faux hookah. A local protection officer was walking by the shop, and became concerned that the Caterpillar was breaking the local ordinance against smoking in the workplace. No, really. Or that the shopkeeper was actually running an illicit hookah den. To read the whole silly story and see photos of the Caterpillar caught in the non-act, click me.
Thanks to one of our mimsiest minions for sharing this little gem of a story. What would Lewis Carroll have said?
In case you missed all the advertising online, on TV, on buses, on billboards, and even the occasional giant mushroom out on the streets of Manhattan, ABC’s spinoff series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland premieres tonight (October 10th) at 8pm EST. To visit the web site, click me.
Here’s a preview of the premiere episode. It appears that this Alice has much to learn–including the proper way to hold a rabbit! If you watch the premiere, leave us all a comment to share what you thought of it!
Whatever you thought of Tim Burton and Linda Woolverton’s film, if you were a fan of the visuals, you might be interested to hear that Disney has a new game app out called Alice in Wonderland: A New Champion. The app is available from the iTunes store, and you can watch the trailer right here:
If you’ve played this game, leave a comment to tell us all what you think of it!
For those of you out there who are not regular watchers of the long-running (and frequently brilliant) animated series The Simpsons, we have a treat (not a trick) for you. This year, for the Simpson’s 24th annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween special, they’ve enlisted noted film director Guillermo Del Toro to put his own bizarre spin on the show’s ever-popular (and ever-changing) introductory sequence, also known to insiders as “the couch gag.” The resulting clip is already being hailed as an instant classic. And to make it even better, at one point Lisa Simpson finds herself becoming Alice! You may need to watch it more than once to catch all the horror and sci-fi references jammed into this slice of silliness (including liberal helpings of images from Del Toro’s own oeuvre, including Pan’s Labrinth and HellBoy). It’s also nice to see some authors of the genre honored briefly, as well.
The full episode (three unrelated stories) will be aired tonight (10/6) at 8pm on the FOX network. But the inspired intro has already been released and you can watch it right here, right now!