BUENA VISTA, Colo., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Walrus & Carpenter Productions LLC announces the availability of Alicewinks, a 164-minute audio/video/text animated app on the Google Play Store. Featuring the complete text of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, in both audio and optional text tracks, Alicewinks has an animated, portrait-oriented video track based on the illustrations of 12 early 20th century artists.
"We believe that this is the first feature length HD video to be delivered in portrait orientation," said David Neal, producer, director and developer of the app. "The original artwork was produced in this orientation for reproduction in books, and the recent development of tablet computers makes the playback of this type of video feasible."
Lewis Carroll, who in real life was a mathematician named Charles Dodgson, also had a great interest in technology. Dodgson was an early and accomplished amateur photographer in the mid-19th century, a time when photography required a hands-on working knowledge of chemistry. Dodgson acquired many new inventions of the day and was himself an inventor.
"I think that Dodgson would have loved Alicewinks," says William McQueen, voice director and actor. "Beyond the technology, we include lots of visual puns, for instance the way the cards bow to the Queen by folding themselves in half, and the illustration of the pun 'Laughing and Grief' with a classical mosaic depicting theatrical masks. We use techniques that "reflect" parts of the artwork, something that the author of Through the Looking Glass clearly would have enjoyed."
"Dodgson would also be able to relate to our difficulties with distribution," says Neal. In 1865, the first printing of 2,000 copies of Alice's Adventures was rejected by the artist John Tenniel. Then, years later, a debt-ridden craftsman took off with Dodgson's money and the metallic plates intended for the reproduction of the original handwritten and hand-drawn Alice manuscript. Almost 150 years later, "Digital distribution is different but still challenging," comments Neal.
ABOUT Walrus & Carpenter Productions LLC
Formed in January 2012, Walrus & Carpenter produces video-based products designed for tablet computers. Their first product is known affectionately as "Alicewinks – 19th century fantasy, 20th century imagery, 21st century technology." Review copies are available upon request. Search for "Alicewinks."
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