A friend sent this to me on his birthday, and I said "Well happy birthday to me!"
This 1903 film, restored by the BFI national archive, is wonderful - especially the end. It has this fun, dressed-up-for-Halloween feeling, and their film tricks, like the fades between scenes and the floating Cheshire cat, are pretty fancy!
-The near-perfect recreation of the Duchess scene from the Tenniel illustration
-The Mad Hatter becoming violent with the (stuffed doll?) dormouse
-The parade of cards at the end (that whole scene reminds me a bit of the finale of Nights of Cabiria, one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in moving pictures)
Thank you for the kind words and excitement about the next book! I'll post more about it as I can. I'm excited to make lots of big paintings to illustrate it (a switch from the Oddfellow's illustrations, which are in pencil.)
Happy Thursday to you!