I used to live overseas so I got to hear the weirdest music over the years. One of my favorite bands, who are English, called ‘Take that’, one of the members left the group a couple years ago. He began to sing by himself and he had some good songs. What does this have to do with Alice in wonderland? Well one of his songs, ‘Know me’ actually references to Alice in wonderland in the music video. I’m pretty sure the song has nothing to do with the video however…see for yourself below.
(WARNING: there is suggestive material}
I know some other songs that relate to Alice so expect more in the future.
So I really like the dialogue in the novels of alice in wonderland, and I often when I’m drawing use quotes from the books as inspiration. I have too many lines I like, but it’ll be hard to write them all down so I’ll just write a few:
“`Cheshire Puss,’ [Alice] began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. `Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. `Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
`That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
`I don’t much care where–‘ said Alice.
`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
`–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
`Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, `if you only walk long enough.’”
What is everyone else’s favorite lines and or quotes? These can be from the books or the movies.
Now that I think about it the mouse in the play we saw didn’t make any sense at all. I mean the dormouse is a human-mouse, so then why is that (rat?mouse?) the Cheshire has an actual mouse and not a creepy human rat hybrid? Was it because they didn’t want an actor to play the almost meaningless role? Or is this like Disney where mickey mouse’s best friend goofy is a dog, and mickey owns a ‘dog’ named pluto? The world might never know. Thoughts?
So if people have met me they would know I am a huge fan of Japanese culture. In fact I grew up with it and even draw in the style, as well as American cartoons when I’m lazy. The point I’m getting at here is that in Japan they are Alice in wonderland fan girls. The whole country just goes bananas for the story, and I have happened to have read so many Alice and wonderland themed stuff from there that I would like to share a few. I would recommend that anyone could read/watch these even if you have never even heard of anime or manga. It maybe weird at first but it’s worth it.
One I would like to mention is one called Alice in the Country of hearts.
This version of alice in wonderland is very interesting for someone who has read the original so many times you would like a new take on the story. I would not recommend this for guys just because of the nature of the story- I’ll get to that in a bit…
So the story follows Alice Lindell who is reading a book with her older sister on a golden summer afternoon. She isn’t really paying attention to the story when suddenly a man (yes a man) with rabbit ears scoops her up and kidnaps her (he is the white rabbit). He then takes her to wonderland where she find herself in a very odd world where people are very different then she is used to. In this wonderland each character plays a role in the world, and they have specific duties they must do. For instance the white rabbit must always be on time and attend to the queen, the mad hatter must always have tea parties..ect. In short they all have odd habits. Not just that each character belongs to different kingdoms which are named after the suits of cards, and they are always at war with each other. In this world people view killing as a normality since when they die they just get another person to take over their ‘role’ as whoever they play as. To add to that in wonderland people are entranced by outsiders or in other words alice, so all the role players are all trying to get her over to their side. It sounds confusing I know but I’m just bad at explaining. The reason I would say guys shouldn’t read this is because all the roles are played by guys and their is romance in the story.
The next one I would like to talk about is called Pandora hearts, This book is so amazing I totally recommend it to everyone..that is If you like violence, mystery and lots of deaths. It’s kind of hard to explain the story in short but basically it follows a boy named Oz who is about to have his coming of age ceremony. And he basically gets ‘arrested’ for a crime he has committed and they send him to the abyss (prison for sinners) which is the stories version of wonderland. The really cool part of the comic is how all the characters represent the characters of Alice in wonderland, yet most of them don’t reveal who they represent till very later in the story. And the art is super awesome.
– Ever wonder why the march hare is mad and where he got his name from?
The march hare’s origin is from the popular British belief that during mating season, which is early February to September, hares act very strange or in others words they look crazy. Examples would be running around spastically or kicking other hares from their mates very aggressively. This is also the origin for the saying, “mad as a march hair.” So if anyone says that’s to you they are practically saying, “Gosh, you crazy rabbit in heat!” >_<)
-Why does the Cheshire disappear, and turn see through in the movies?
Well in the novel it is true that the Cheshire at one point does 'disappear' leaving just his grin, and freaking poor Alice out. But the true origin for this is actually from the artist the drew the original portrait of the Cheshire cat. When he was drawing Cheshire he decided to base the cat off of a famous painting by an artist names Thomas Gainsborough which is called "the Artist's Daughters."
Do you see the cat in the painting?
Leave a comment if you thought these were at all interesting ahah >_<