Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Video: Alice in 17 Classic Styles

"Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?" is a reanimation of the tea party scene from the classic 1951 Disney movie Alice in Wonderland in the style of seventeen classic artists.  The video was created by Gene Kogan using software and a style transfer technique to change the look of the scene to imitate paintings such as Starry Night, The Great Wave of Kanagawa, and The Scream.

P.S. If you ever wondered about the riddle "Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?"  The answer is that "both are written upon endlessly."  Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, was a contemporary of Edgar Alan Poe, but while both authors was the progenitor of an entire new genre (Dodgson invented modern children's adventures; Poe invented the murder mystery.)  Dodgson's contributions were largely ignored by literati of his day, while Poe was often the subject of literary journal articles.  Thus, this little dig insinuating that Poe's sudden prominence was a form of madness.

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