I remember when I first watched Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland this song was my favorite, to the point I listened to it on a loop. It just kind of made me feel like I was Alice and in Wonderland and on this adventure. However, listening to it now and watching the video, I feel different.
To me, the song makes it sound like Wonderland is actually fighting against her, and I got this through the lyrics “It can’t stop me now,” and “I will survive.” It shows how maybe Wonderland is not really this magically and innocent land–which is very Tim Burton-esque. I liked how clips from the movie are actually incorporated in the video, but I mean it was advertisement for the movie and the song was written for it so.
Other than the lyrics, I thought it was interesting to see Avril Lavigne as Alice, and a more gothic one. One thing that kinda of caught my attention was that at the end of the music video, “Alice” (Avril) does not wake up and is out of Wonderland, but she physically runs out of Wonderland, she escapes it and gets away on her own. This was just all really interesting to me. I would love to hear what you guys think about this music video.
Today in class Professor Scanlon asked us to talk about how The Hunting of the Snark can be an allegory for fear and annihilation and I had a thought kind of strike me, but I was not quite sure how to back it up or really discuss it. It has been stuck with me all day and I have been trying to figure it out.
For me, when Professor Scanlon asked us this question, I thought about the Snark being our fears and the hunt to find it is our way of facing our fears, but we get so hung up on getting over our fears and facing them, that they end up destorying us anyway–therefore the Baker’s disappearence at the end. I’m still not really sure how to expand on this and show it more through the text itself, but it is an idea. I would love to see what everyone else thinks now that we are not in class, early, and while it’s raining.
I noticed that in the play there was a lot of interaction between the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat that started in the second scene and carried on throughout the play. I thought it was interesting to see the two characters interract in what seemed like, in my opinon, a playful and maybe could even be considered a ‘flirty’ way at some points. I think that maybe these scenes between the Rabbit and the Cat was more for comic relief than for an actual meaning, but it still struck me as something not expected. I would love to here how you guy felt about the interactions between the Rabbit and Cat.
So a couple weeks ago I took a little break from studying and wanted to indulge in old Disney movies. I found this really awesome Disney blog that has like all of the Disney movies (I ended up watching The Little Mermaid and The Aristocats), so I looked to see if they had the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, and they did! I thought I would put the link to Alice in Wonderland incase anyone wanted to watch it for free. It takes a couple minutes to load, and has subtitles, but its free! Every college student loves the words FREE and DISNEY! So here this is for all my Disney lovers, take a break and enjoy.
Earlier this semester there was a post about what would Lewis Carroll think about how Disney portraid Alice in their rendition of Alice in Wonderland. I was actually poking around on tumblr (yes, I am one of those tumblr girls haha) and I found something interesting about the model for Disney’s illustrations of Alice.
This is Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice in the Disney movie and also the voice of Wendy Darling in Peter Pan.
Beaumont was 10 years old Walt Disney picked her to voice Alice, and then chose her to model for the Alice illustrations. Back during this time, illustrators were lucky to get about 20-30 seconds of animation done a day! Beaumont went on to become an elementary school teacher for thirty years and was named a “Disney Legend” in 1998 by the Walt Disney Company. Here are some more pictures of Kathryn Beaumont modeling as Alice, and even side-by-side comparisions.
I thought that these pictures would be an interesting addition to the previous conversation we had before about where did these images of Alice come from.
While the story itself was inspired by Alice Liddell, it is obvious that Liddell was not the inspiration for Alice’s looks and there is theory that Mary Hilton Badcock was the model Carroll wanted Tenniel to use for the basis of his illustrations–though there is speculation that Tenniel refused Badcock as the model.
This image shows how illustrators and animators would take photographs of Beaumont (or any model they were working with) and make their animated version from the primary picture.
Today in class we talked about the ending of Alice in Wonderland, and the significance of Alice obtaining the authority to stand up against the court and finally get out of Wonderland. My thought about the ending kinda ties in with the Victorian Age and the “lessons” that the kids during that time would learn.
Maybe Wonderland was a lesson that Alice needed in order to learn how to stand up for who she was and for her beliefs, even if that does go against the beliefs of what a Victorian woman/girl could and should do. Maybe being able to control her size shows how Alice can control her emotions and her actions outside of Wonderland and when to stand up for herself and her beliefs at certain and appropriate times.
Leave comments and input, I would love to know what you guys think!