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jaberwocky

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Jaberwocky

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:

Long time the manxome foe he sought —

So rested he by the Tumtum tree,

And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’

He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

-Lewis Carroll

from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

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Written by Peter Rudd

July 24, 2009 at 1:42 am

alice

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Lewis Carroll and Tim Burton – an obvious match.  How difficult it must be to take material like Alice in Wonderland – otherworldly, sublime, meaningful – and turn it into a film.  The production photographs are breathtaking.  Sometimes I think produced perfection and human meaning are mutually exclusive.  The overproduction smothers the joy and foible and transparency and serendipity and expectation and mess of an unfolding narrative.  It’s a set up.  On the other hand, I think Burton has the skill to pull the beautiful production back enough to let the humanity shine through.  He did in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  We shall see with Alice.

Written by Peter Rudd

June 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm