Monday, January 4, 2016

Alice in Wonderland

Last year, 2015, marked the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alices Adventures in Wonderland. In honor of this anniversary theaters put on productions of Alice in Wonderland and museums had exhibits regarding Alice in Wonderland. Most of these have already closed. However, Alice Live, an exhibit at the New York Library for the Performing Arts is still open and will be open through January 16, 2016. Alice Live is an exhibit regarding productions of Alice in Wonderland that have been presented all over the world through out the years and includes stages shows, TV presentations, and puppet shows as well as other types of productions of the show. For more about Alice Live see these posts: Where-To-Go Wednesday: Alice Live and Literally Alive Theater's Alice in Wonderland and Alice Live and Literally Alive Theater's Alice in Wonderland or go to http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/alice-live.
Me - Alice in Wonderland, wow! I like Alice in Wonderland. I read Alice in Wonderland about two years ago. I enjoyed it. It was a very fast read probably because it was way beneath my reading level at that time. I did not read Alice Through The Looking Class. I had it, but I lost it before I got  to read it. My favorite character is Alice. I also like the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit. I don't like the caterpillar. He's weird. I have seen three different movie versions of Alice in Wonderland. I saw the Disney cartoon. That is my favorite version. I like it because I think it told the story the best. The only song I remember from the movie is A Very Merry Unbirthday.  I do like that song though. Once at this girl's birthday party, I saw a live action movie version of Alice in Wonderland. I don't remember that much about it but I enjoyed it at the time. I also saw the Tim Burton live version with Johnny Depp. I liked that one too. It was the creepiest out of all the versions I saw, but I still liked it. Now, Tim Burton is coming out with his version of Alice Through Looking the Class. I am looking forward to see it. From the coming attractions, it looks like it will be even creepier than the first one was. I also saw Alice in Wonderland on stage once. It was good. Alice in Wonderland is a good story.
Mom - I don't remember if I ever read Lewis Carroll's original version of Alice in Wonderland although I am sure I must have. I know I had the book when I was child. I definitely never read Alice Through the Looking Glass. I don't even think I  have seen a film or other version of it. Of course,  I have seen various versions of Alice in Wonderland on film and/or TV over the years. I love the old Disney cartoon version. To this day, the song I'm Late and/or A Very Merry Unbirthday will pop into my head at arbitrary times. I also saw the Tim Burton live version of the story. It was completely different and kind of off-the-wall, but enjoyable in a different way. Between the Disney version and the Tim Burton version, I remember seeing a version that starred Kate Burton. I don't remember that much about that version although I know I enjoyed it too. I think it might have been on television. This year, I saw a stage version of Alice in Wonderland performed by Literally Alive Theater. I also enjoyed that.  In fact, I don't remember ever seeing a version I didn't enjoy.  There have been many versions of the story that  I  have not seen as well. In fact,  I never really realized how many different versions of the story there have been until I went to the Alice Live exhibit at the Library of the Performing Arts in New York City. There have been movies, stage shows, and puppets shows and even an ice show and an underwater show. For 150 years, there have been so many different ways to enjoy and share Alice's adventures in Wonderland, and I am sure there will be many more in the years to come.
And that's our view. What is your favorite version of Alice in Wonderland?

photo credits:
photo credit 1: cover Alice in Wonderland, Hutchings 1965 via photopin (license)
photo credit 2: WDW Aug 24, 2006 via photopin (license)
photo credit 3: Festival Of Fantasy - White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and Alice via photopin (license)
photo credit 4: "In My World, The Books Would Be Nothing But Pictures" via photopin (license)
 
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