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Mad About Alice

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12, 2010 by figmentsstudio

"Alice" - Arthur Rackham

I finally went to see Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I’m such an ‘Alice’ fan that pretty much anything based on Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel is a ‘thumbs up’ to me.  I couldn’t wait to see Burton’s interpretation of all the curious characters of Wonderland, of which, in my opinion, the Red Queen stole my ‘heart’.  Johnny Depp was wonderful as the Mad Hatter but it’s hard to beat Martin Short in the 1999 version. I suffer from vertigo, so the 3D effects and the chase/falling scenes were a bit too much at times, but all in all, a fun adventure!

Alice in Wonderland’s classic theme of a young girl’s search for meaning in a confusing world really strikes a chord with me. This theme can also be found in the Grimm’s fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” (and, by the way, the Figments Fairy Tale that appears on my website.)  One of my favorite artists, Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) illustrated his version of “Alice in Wonderland” in 1907 and his “Mad Tea Party” is featured on the cover of one of my Large Frame Journals.

Rackham's illustration of the "Mad Tea Party"

Figments Studio "Mad Tea Party" Journal

Alice! A childish story take,

And with a gentle hand

Lay it where Childhood’s dreams are twined

In Memory’s mystic band…          

-Lewis Carroll