Archive for the 'Video' Category

03
Dec
09

Disney’s Attempt of Alice

The other day I was reading a post by Rivu called Congratulations Disney, You Failed. I hated to agree with him just on the front of going against something Disney, but I must.

Disney produced the story of Alice in Wonderland in 1951 and it was both a success and not such a success at the same time. In the short scheme of things, it was utter “epic fail” as some people would say, but in the long run it managed to maintain the status of a “Disney Classic.”

Based on the reactions and criticisms of the Disney production, it’s puzzling as to why it became so popular and well-known.

When Alice first came out on th big screen it was not taken well by many British critics. They said that Disney “Americanized” Alice too much that it took away from Carroll’s original text. A good point that Rivu brought up was that the movie did not really appeal to all audiences, while the book was able to appeal to all ages. Carroll wrote the story of Alice for the little Alice Liddell and her sister, but he was able to insert many details that make this story enjoyable for adults as well as a children’s story.

One aspect that made Alice a little more popular was the fact that Alice had the most songs out of any Disney movie. The Alice Soundtrack is composed of catchy tunes such as “The Unbirthday Song” and other songs that end up stuck in your head for the next week. In most movies, one of the most prominent aspects is the music. The soundtrack and how it fits with the storyline partly determines our thoughts of the movie, whether we really listened to the music or not.

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30
Oct
09

Alice Gone Rock

At our school we have a Rock Band competition Friday Oct. 30. We are able to choose the song we would like to sing in the first round. We were provided with many song titles, and since I am the singer of my band they had me choose the song. I took the list of songs home, went out on YouTube, and watched the videos for all of the songs. There was one song in particular whose video stood out to me, “Girls Not Grey” by A.F.I. (a Yahoo video)

In their video* there is this creepy little bunny thing that leads this girl through a “time warp”. The passage is through the bass guitarist. All of a sudden they are transported into this alternate world of color and cartoon. The rabbit leads this girl on a miniature journey to find the band. All the while you get to listen to a great song. Sounds like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, huh?

I love being able to spot these little allusions to well known stories in real life media, such as music or television. You might watch a movie or particular show a thousand times, but it only takes one view to find a hidden reference you have never noticed before.