Reviews of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and related work

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865Text)

Lewis Carroll (writer).

In addition to the famous nonsense, it’s got quite a lot of stylized childish behaviours; a rather forced cutesiness.

References here: Resident Evil (2002).

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Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871Text)

Lewis Carroll (writer).

Read in 2020.

Contrariwise.

The cutesiness seems less forced and the planning superior—despite the traditional twelve chapters blending into one another in a basically episodic scheme—but the puns and awkward reflections upon nursery rhymes and figures of speech are still no fun.

References here: BoJack Horseman (2014).

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‣‣ “A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky” (1871Text)

Lewis Carroll (writer).

Read in 2020.

Probably the most famous acrostic in the English language, linking Carroll’s fantasy to reality, and simultaneously a beautiful reflection on the joy of caring for children: a brief joy immortalized in literature.

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‣‣ “Haddocks’ Eyes” (1871Text)

Lewis Carroll (writer).

Read in 2020.

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‣‣ “Jabberwocky” (1871Text)

Lewis Carroll (writer).

References here: Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid (1979), Rice Boy (2006).

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‣‣‣ Jabberwocky (1977Moving picture, 105 minutes)

Terry Gilliam (director).

The son of a medieval cooper saves the country, or so the story goes.

Cute. A near sequel to Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).

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‣‣ “The Walrus and the Carpenter” (1871Text)

Lewis Carroll (writer).

Read in 2020.

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Alice in Wonderland (1951Moving picture, 75 minutes)

Seen in 2018.

This I think was the last time Disney had the title sung in sync with the credits; cf. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949). The huge number of credits for “story” bodes ill for the production and indeed there is no story. The adaptation is unimaginative and visual beauty is limited to the card army’s choreography near the end.

References here: My Neighbor Totoro (1988).

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Alice (1988Moving picture, 86 minutes)

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