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!

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