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Alice in Wonderland

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vivian ay

on 16 November 2011

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Transcript of Alice in Wonderland

Down the Rabbit Hole Why Alice?
- originated written by Lewis Carroll, known as
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
- professor at Oxford University
- inspired by Alice Liddell
- implications of pedophilia in The Victorian Era vs. today A boat beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July--

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear--

Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die.
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream--
Lingering in the golden gleam--
Life, what is it but a dream? intertextuality of Lewis Carroll
often referenced himself in the book, as the Dodo bird, and subtely in the characteristics of Alice herself
social commentary on Victorian Era's education system
rejection of adult authority and female empowerment The Disney "Filter" Alice, no longer in Wonderland? What determines the limit of mobility of a mobile story?
completely reinterpreted Alice in Wonderland producer of Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland
was an outsider growing up
percieved the creation of the movie as a a backwards process 2010- Alice in Wonderland Hutcheon claims that intertexuality works as a filter: Disney’s unique style of creating is a type of intertextuality that works as a filter
original illustrations by John Tenniel had to be reworked
plot "linearization"
musical elements that were not present in original text Walt Disney loved the story, several attempts of adapting the story
was intended by Walt Disney to be the first animated feature
produced after WWII by Walt Disney
stayed loyal to Carroll's fantasy elements through enhanced musicality
was not well received at first: people were recovering from the war and fantasized imaginations were not very practical
interesting fact: John Teniel, a close friend of Carroll illustrated Alice, his colored illustrations of Alice in a blue dress was used in later adaptations
changed chapters ino one coherent story: eg. reframed the story in terms of the Mad Hatter
in 3D with the aid of technological advancement
a new dimension of perception to enhance experience
first person perspective in Alice's
comparable to video gaming experience
box office success:$ 1 billion worldwide
subsequent events such as production exhibition(sets, costume designs, story boards), the selling of soundtracks, interviews, marketing and video games generated a large profit alone
won Oscars Vivian Au Yeung
Amy Ho
Julia Cheng
Kimberly Tsan
Yo Yo Wong Plot Adaptation 2010 The thread:
Plot linearization Cartoonic. 1951: White Rabbit-->Going Home 2010: Jabberwocky. Recreated. Reinvented story with characters and settings we are familiar with and given a new twist Jabberwocky. 1951 perfect medium for Alice in Wonderland: randomness and nonsensicality well adapted and executed in a cartoonic setting
distinction between cartoon vs real life
reality more expandable and flexible
humanization of animals/inamiate objects Jabberwocky Vorpal Sword Bandersnatch Jub Jub Bird Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought. Jabberwocky Other Characters called Alice in Wonderland, did not acknowledge the second novel "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There"
Alice is not a typical princess like other girls in Disney's movies
Rated G because of the smoking caterpillar; 2010 movie is rated PG
Mock the UK society in Victorian era Absolem "Who are you?" “the real attempt was to make Alice feel more like a story as opposed to a series of events" - Tim Burton at Comic Con 2009 “The adaptation might end up not only altering the characters’ nationalities, but on the contrary, actually deemphasizing any national, regional, or historical specificities.” Hutcheon (147) “Transcultural adaptations often mean changes in racial and gender politics,” and that “sometimes adapters purge an earlier text of elements and their particular cultures in time or place might find difficult or controversial,” and “de-represses an early adapted text’s politics.” -Hutcheon (147) White Rabbit "I'm late!" Red Queen VS White Queen Dormouse "Twinkle Twinkle little bat,
How I wonder where you're at." King of Hearts Knave of Hearts "Arrest her for unlawful seduction!" Cheshire Cat "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad." March Hare "Let's change the subject." Social Class Correlation of Size and Power Different dimensions of Alice emphasized-
Book and 1951: Dream
2010: Reality
American McGee's Alice: Subconscious "I always like it when I sense people have that old-soul quality to them. Because you're witnessing this whole thing through her eyes, it needed somebody who can subtly portray that."-Tim Burton, on Mia Wasikowska as Alice. “Alice is nineteen, and she returns to Wonderland with no recollection of having been there before. I really think it will be exciting, especially for girls my age because it explores that period of your life when you have these expectations upon you and you’re finding that, amongst that, you have to try and hold on to yourself.” -Mia Wasikowska. "Curiouser and curiouser" Alice Adapted Expectation VS. Vision Alice Kingsley originates from the poem titled "Jabberwocky" from "Through the Looking Glass
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