Mittwoch, 1. April 2015

Alice im Wunderland illustrated by Eric Kincaid

I´m not dead yet. 
This time I have german issue of Alice in Wonderland, published by Basserman (random House) Munich, and beautifully illustrated by Eric Kincaid (NOT in any relation to Thomas Kinkade, I was always confusing their names...).

Alice shrinks after drinking from the bottle. This version of Alice is clearly inspired by Carrolls photographs of the real Alice Liddell.
Eating the cake...
...and growing huge. I love how grotesquely disorted Alice looks during the growth.

Giant Alice encounters the Rabbit and shrinks after using the fan.
The White Rabbit chases Alice to fetch his stuff. She is tiny compared to him!

Alice big in the White Rabbits house.
Alice kicks Bill so hard that she wrecks the chimney.
Alice vs. the Puppy.
Doin´ shrooms.
Alice and the house of the dutchess.

Alice growing in the courtroom.
Alice stands up to the King and Queen of hearts. She is massive compared to them. This pic is clearly based on a Carroll photography.
All in all a very cute version of the book. The german translation is a bit weird at times, but the illustrations are quite lovely.

Mittwoch, 20. August 2014

Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Seven Seas Entertainment

This one is fresh of the printing Press
Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Seven Seas Entertainment was published just yesterday (19.08.2014). The lovely manga-style Illustrations were made by Kriss Sison. 
Alice and the tiny door.
Its not marked poison...
Its a real shame there are no illustrations of Alice being tiny here.
Eat me.
Filling the hallway. Nice perspective shot here.
The White Rabbits gets outta here.
Shrinking into the pool of tears.
I really love how the clothes are drawn. The fabrics have a nice flow.
Growing in the White Rabbits house. I love how cramped she looks.
Grabbing for the White Rabbit.
Sadly there isn´t much more on the White Rabbits house.
Alice and the big puppy.
"Who are you?"
Shrunken down to just head and feet.
This illustration is great. Alice is all grotesquely stretched.
Starting to grow again at the court.
Toppling over the jury.
Attack on Titan Alice.

I love this book.
I love the illustrations.
This is one of the cutest versions of Alice I´ve ever seen. Go and get it, it has over 100 illustrations and for merely 14.99 US$ its a steal.

Mittwoch, 9. Oktober 2013

Best-loved Classics Alice in Wonderland

Whelp, its been a while, more than a year to be exact, since I last posted. Oh well better late than never.
Todays version of alice was published in 2009 by HarperCollins in the Best-loved Classics series. Illustrator Emma Chichester Clark. The bood is quite large so I had someproblems scanning the larger illustrations.

The hall of doors scene. I reall like the way this was designed. Usually I´m not too much a fan of illustrations in the text, but here its well done. I also have to point out that I like the outfit of this version of Alice. Simple dress and black stockings. Nice.

In the White Rabbits house. I really love the second illustration. Through the door you see basically just the big wall of Alice. The third one is also great. I like how wegded she is in that room. But here is one thing I didn´t really like too much about this version, the characters show barely any emotion. No matter what, Alice seems always as calm and serene as a cow in India.
Very briefly after the caterpillar scene. Alice is testing the shroom.
Back in the hall of doors.

The courtroom scene was moved outside. On the last image you can see what I meant when I said the characters show no emotion. The whole pack is attacking Alice and she is barely even going "Meh...".
All in all a nice version of the book. There are somethings I like and some I don´t. All in all okay.

Freitag, 3. August 2012

The Disney movie that never was.

Disney has made two Alice in Wonderland feature films so far. The colourfull trippy1951 animated movie and the 2010 Tim Burton film that couldn´t really made up its mind if it was gloomy or lighthearted. But before the1951 movie Disney planned an Alice movie before, in 1939. It was quite close to realisation, Disney illustrator David Hall allready made a load of production sketches. However, Walt Disney wasn´t really satisfied, and when the war came the movie was shelved. Some of the ideas were reused in the 1951 movie, but ultimately this movie was completely different. The 1939 movie would not have included sequences from Alice through the Looking Glass like the 1951 movie and would had have an overall darker tone.
 This book here is the original story by carrol illustrated with Halls production sketches.
Alice and the Dink Me bottle. In this movie the bottle would have been an anthropomorphic character, similar to the Doorknob in the 1951 version.
Not fitting through.
Alice drinks from the bottle and shrinks down fast. Note the bottle character.
Alice grows huge after eating the cake, She appears much bigger than in the 1951 movie, making this scene quite claustrophobic.
Alice shrinks tiny again. I love the dynamic of this sketch.
To the White Rabbits house scene. Alice grows quite fast here.
Finally she is quite uncomfortablely wedged in.

Bill trying to get into the house throgh the chimney, with the same old result.
Pepples fly at an angry eye in the window.
Arguing with the white rabbit. This was taken over to the 1951 movie.
Alice has shrunk again, only to escape a playfull creepy puppy.
 Alice and the caterpillar. Note that the caterpillar looks less cartoony and much more creepy than in the 1951 movie.
Here is something from the book that was changed in the 1951 movie but would have been keept in this one. Alice shrinks weirdly untill she is basically just head and feet. I think no Alice movie so far has actually done this scene like that.
Alice and the mushroom pieces.
Alices head shoots to the sky, much to the annoyance of a pidgeon.
The entire pidgeon family attacks her.
One of the pidgeon children between her feet with one of the mushroom pieces.

Unfortunatly there are no sketches of sizechanges in the courtroom, a pity because the characters at the queens court look so wonderfully grotesque.
All in all im a bit of two minds concerning this movie. On one hand I think it is a bloody shame that it was never made, the visuals look incredible and it would jave been one of the most true to the original book movies ever. On the other hand that would have meant that the 1951 movie, which is quite dear to me, would have never existed. The book is awesome, it was published in 1986 by Simon & Schuste and is still available used via Amazon .