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Rated PG for Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar

I just noticed that Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland is rated PG “for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar.” Wonderful! Disney’s 1951 version, which also contains a smoking caterpillar, is rated simply G. Therefore, since All Scotchmen are Non-Dragons, and a fish with three rows of teeth is not… [read full post]

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“Alice’s Theme”: Music & Lyrics by Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman’s soundtrack to Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland will be released on CD (an ancient kind of optical disc used to store digital audio) next Tuesday, March 2nd, and there’s some short clips at the Amazon store if you desire a teaser. I couldn’t help noticing the opening song – with children’s voices singing… [read full post]

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Beautiful Carroll books online at rarebookroom.org

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass - 1900 - Carroll, Lewis (author); McManus, Blanche (illus.) - New York - The Burstein Collection
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass – 1900 – Carroll, Lewis (author); McManus, Blanche (illus.) – New York – The Burstein Collection

Twenty-seven beautifully rendered hi-resolution facsimiles of old Lewis Carroll books (and hundreds from other authors) can be read online at rarebookroom.org. From Mark Burstein’s collection, there are translations “in Dutch, Esperanto (ill: LeFanu), Farsi, French (Rackham, Tenniel), German (Birnbaum, Tenniel), Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili,” and English editions with illustrations by Maybank,… [read full post]

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New edition of Through the Looking-Glass, illustrated by Gavin L. O’Keefe

A new edition of Through the Looking-Glass, illustrated by Gavin L. O’Keefe, was released this month by Ramble House. O’Keefe is an Australian artist who has already illustrated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Hunting of the Snark. His gently surreal black and white illustrations for Through the Looking-Glass can be previewed in the form… [read full post]

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Movie Anti-Hype: The Onion’s A.V. Club is dreading another Alice movie

In regards to what we wrote below, that many writers have taken on the theme of “all those awful Alice movies” in anticipation of the imminent Tim Burton 3D one (in seven days!), The Onion‘s A.V. Club lists Lewis Carroll’s Alice books in a series on movies that have been adapted to death. Allow me… [read full post]

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“Curiouser and Curiouser” at the Nucleus Gallery, Alhambra CA

Next Saturday will be the opening night of “Curiouser and Curiouser: Inspired by ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” an exhibition of new artwork at the Nucleus Gallery in downtown Alhambra CA. In addition to work from a remarkably long list of exhibiting artists, opening night will feature a number of artifacts and stills from the impending Disney… [read full post]

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Alice Events at the British Library

Tickets for next Wednesday evening’s Alice celebrations at the British Library are now sold out. Congratulations to our London-dwelling friends who managed to secure one. They will be enjoying readings by members of Tim Burton’s cast, conversations with the producer and co-producer of the movie, “an appreciation of Alice” by Will Self, and a viewing… [read full post]

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“Lewis Carroll as the White Rabbit” oil painting by Steven Kenny

This fresh vision of Lewis Carroll is by artist Steven Kenny. There is something about the blend of strangeness and comedy that seems just right.   The 24″ by 18″ oil painting [was formerly] on display at the Glass Garage Gallery in West Hollywood.  More of Steven Kenny’s work can be viewed on his website.

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Carroll Concordances at the Victorian Literary Studies Archive

Wondering exactly how many times the mysterious word “Boojum” appears in The Hunting of the Snark? (3). There’s a pretty user-friendly and accessible concordance of seven of Lewis Carroll’s most important works – Both Alices + “Under Ground”, Snark, Slyvie & Bruno, The Game of Logic, and Phantasmagoria and Other Poems – at the Victorian… [read full post]

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More Tim Burton movie hype at the LA Times blog Hero Complex

It’s now only two weeks from opening night of the Tim Burton Disney 3D Spectacular. There’s posters all over bus stops in the East Bay Area, California. The LCSNA is preparing for the plunge (in lieu of the macropsiacal interest in Carroll) by revamping its website, which will integrate this blog (that’s right, we’re moving!… [read full post]

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