Monday, 1 March 2010

Alice in Wonderland

And no, I'm not talking Tim Burton's highly anticipated technicolor fantasy which looks quite good and has Johnny Depp in it so you just know it'll be great. I've loved the quirkiness of this story ever since I was a little girl and now that I'm (slightly) older I keep on discovering new riddles and allusions in Lewis Carroll's magical world.

Alice in Wonderland, both Disney and Burton's version are actaully a combination of the original Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass which introduces character such as Tweedledee and Tweedledum creating a slightly misconceived interpretation of the actual story.

In 1907, 37 years after the book was published and when motion pictures were just learning to crawl, the first film adaptation was made and it is one of the few adaptations that stay true to the original Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It has a running time of just 12 minutes (9 of which survive) and was the longest films produced (literally, 800 foot) in England at that time. The movie also contains some of the first special effects.

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