Thursday, October 8, 2009

Alice and The Matrix

Alice in Wonderland has been referenced in pop culture particularly in books and films. A few references that come to mind are from The Matrix 1999 movie.

In one scene, the main character Neo is prompted to follow a white rabbit which turns out to be a tattoo on the shoulder blade of a hot chick. Neo literally follows her to a nightclub where his journey begins. So too, Alice is inspired to follow a white rabbit to start her adventure into Wonderland.

When leader, Morpheus, and Neo meet, Morpheus offers Neo two pills. The red pill will answer the question "what is the Matrix?" (by removing him from it) and the blue pill simply for life to carry on as before. As Neo reaches for the red pill Morpheus warns Neo "Remember, all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more." Similarly, Alice chooses to drink or eat various items that come her way to seek her truth but in a bumbling fashion.

What Alice pop culture reference comes to your mind?

Heads up on more things Alice (from comments):

Brian James (author of Zombie Blondes) post on Another Visit To Wonderland

J.T.'s sighting - Jefferson Airplane song/video, White Rabbit

Elnice's sighting - Tom Petty's song/video, Don't Come Around Here No More

Al's sighting - movie, Jabberwocky

The Book on the Hill - movie, Pan's Labyrinth

Thanks all. Great stuff for me to look into!

* source of Alice image


  1. Fortunately Neo didn't shrink when eating the pill, that would have been weird...! Talking about movies, "Pan's Labyrinth" (a beautiful movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro) made me think of Alice in Wonderland, and I think I read at some point that the director's drawings (that later became the film) were inspired by Lewis Carroll. The plot focuses on Ofelia, a young girl who enters an underground world to escape from her home and the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. She meets several creatures there, both nice and mean. It is definitely a must-see, it's quite sad and hard but the visuals are stunning and the young actress is amazing.

  2. The only thing that comes to mind (didn't you mention this the other day?) is the Tom Petty song.
    Found a link to hear it.

  3. There's that song by...crap...Jefferson Airplane/Starship, maybe...about one pill makes you bigger and one pill makes you smaller.

  4. aha! I was right. it's Jefferson Airplane and the song is White Rabbit. Here's a nice YouTube video someone made to go along with it:

  5. soo many, it's hard to list them. I'm a bit of an Alice junky.

    Most recent ALice connected projects that I thought were excellent:

    Phoebe in Wonderland (an amazing movie)

    The Looking Glass Wars books by Frank Beddor

    If you your interested, I write about Alice a lot on my blog.


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