Alice in process…

Instead of the question “Who is Alice?” there are now paths leading to what Alice might come to be…

28 Sep 2010

Adventures of a little clever girl





Directed by Sumo Science / Aardman Animations

New Guiness world record for smallest animation stop motion character in a film.



Besides Alice, I love the adventures of other miniature girls, like
Thumbelina (1853) of Hans Christian Andersen , Emília by Monteiro Lobato in the book "A chave do tamanho" ("The key of the size", 1942) an Princess Nobody (1884) illustrated by Richard Doyle, among others. I can see delicate and subtle relations between all these stories.

How absolutely wonderful is this film of a tiny girl who falls into a well within a dot and dreams adventures among small and ordinary objects that become precious seas, skies, caves, mountains and oneiric landscapes. It is like a video game turning common sense reality into a fantastic travel. I remember a song based on a poem by Vinicius de Moraes, which says something like this: "Things must be pretty big for the tiny ant, a rose can be a beautiful palace and the thorn a fine sword."

The German philosopher Walter Benjamin was also fond of miniatures such as the landscape of snow inside a tiny crystal ball. He wanted to write an essay on the miniature as a fancy device capable of creating fascinating refuges for reveries.



artist unknown



Emília / André Le Blanc



Emília / André Le Blanc



Thumbelina / artist unknown



Thumbelina / unknown


Princess Nobody / Richard Doyle


Jerry



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