Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wonderland


Lewis Carroll's Alice has long been one of my favorite literary characters. A child lost in a confusing, topsy-turvy and absolutely arbitrary world....She falls down a rabbit hole, she grows, she shrinks, she changes, she wonders if she's still the same girl, or a different girl entirely...All of a sudden, the world makes no sense!

Probably because, as the Cheshire Cat explains, "We're all mad here." ;)

Truer words were never spoken.....er, written - about the world Alice is trying to navigate; the world all children learn to navigate. A world of characters both beautiful and scary. Whose inner child can't relate to that?

Beyond simply relating, Wonderland is also an absolute WEALTH of artistic inspiration! The White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the hookah smoking Caterpillar, and perhaps most of all, the Mad Tea Party...

The photos shown here are from the Tim Burton film scheduled to open in March 2010 - Can you WAIT??! I'm not sure I can, teehee....Seriously, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter? Does it get any better?!

Yep - bated breath waiting for this one.....

In the meantime, there are a couple of other "Alice" fixes to be found. First, the film "Phoebe in Wonderland" available as of today on DVD (and at the toppermost of my netflix queue!) Check the trailer here and listen to what Patricia Clarkson says about the "awful normals". ;)

There's also the fabulous Vanessa Valencia's Mad Tea Party, coming up this very Saturday! I need to make something very special for this one - perhaps a tea chest or tea box (Oooooooh - an Alice Tea Box?!), maybe some cupcakes, maybe even a little giveaway - not sure yet, but stay tuned!

Right now, I'm off to finish a Christmas commission - which is providing some much needed mind-over-matter coolness in today's 80-something degree temps.

Back very soon with a couple of new pieces, at least one of them Alice inspired. Until then, tell me your own favorite Alice character if you have one!

♥ Carolee

18 comments:

Sonia ;) said...

Oh Carolee....
I have been anticipating this movie since last December....My favorite childrens story....Can not wait till March 2010...Cant wait to see what you have on saturday....

Happy Creating..
Sonia ;)

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

The movie has tremendous promise!!! The tea party for Saturday I haven't finished the piece for!!! YIKES!!

Back to work!
Laurie

Kathleen Coy said...

I am so stoked about this movie! And Phoebe in Wonderland looks divine too, thanks for posting the trailer. I'll need to watch that soon.

Tess said...

OMG, You've hooked me, now I want to see both of these films. Johnny Depp as the mad hatter, how marvelous. And that little phoebe, she's adorable. I want to see it.

Chicken Lips said...

Honestly, I don't know how I can WAIT until March to see this movie!!!

Kris Dickinson said...

I love Alice too! Carolee, I have an award for you on my Halloween blog, I hope you'll stop by. - Kris

Terry Spier said...

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clothnclay said...

Oh Thank you, this is the first have heard of this movie! The photos look great. I will be anxiously waiting for it. Becky

Heather said...

oh wow! these images are amazing, i cant wait for the Burton film. Hehe....I am not surprised to see Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp as characters...arent they in every Burton film now??? Somerset Studio is also having an Alice in Wonderland challenge...sounds fun!~

Designs By CK said...

LOOKS SO FUN!!! '-)

Love Depp's transformation!

Chris (-:

Art4Sol said...

This looks like one not to miss!

BLUEYEDUCKstudios said...

screeeam, squeeeal, jump jump! we've been waiting and waiting and waiting and recently saw these images and are sooooo thrilled - can't wait can't wait!!!

BLUEYEDUCKstudios said...

you know - Depp as Willy Wonka FLOORED me - strangely weird and attractive (iyiyiyi) at the same time - but the Mad Hatter - is MAD! Those green eyes FREAK me out! woo hoo and eeep!
Can't wait! can't wait!

William Bezek said...

I feel a new Halloween costume coming on, I have to do the Mad Hatter, maybe I can get Hercules to dress like Alice!

Corinna Nitschmann said...

I have never read it. But in the last time I read about the story on more and more places. Maybe because of the coming film. Now I'm adult, but I have that feeling that for me the time might be now right for reading it. What does the tale want to tell me? You made me more curious.

Best regards from Hungary
Corinna (a felter from the OWOH project)

momentsinaneye said...

Hi, I stumbled upon your blog, and I am glad that I did. I can't wait for this fabulous movie to come out. I have been a fan of "Alice" ever since I can remember. Thank you for all the pictures and thank you for letting me visit. Love your work.

Mundo Mundaca said...

I have my version of Alice and her white rabbit and the Queen of the heart.. I still intend to do my version of the crazy hatmaker.
If visit my blog it can appreciate.
and your opinion will be very well arrival.
Hugs
yasmin

Carol said...

Oh I just love these images from Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland. Johnny is the greatest Mad hatter ever and no I so can't wait to see that movie!
Thanks for visiting my mad tea party Carolee it was fun to have you!
Warmest wishes from Germany sends you Carola of Boxwood Cottage