Year 3: FMP.

For our final major project we’ve been advised to adapt an already existing story. I cycled through a list of fairy tales, some known and some not so known. Goldilocks and Little Red Riding hood have been done before (The Wolf Among Us).

The Jabberwocky looked very interesting. It’s antiquated language leaves a lot of room for interpretation and gives me a lot to play with in terms of creative freedom. But still keeps me confined to a narrative with a beginning, middle and end. So I shouldn’t get too bogged with working out the basics and get right into character thumbnailing and story boarding.

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

(It was the afternoon and the badger-lizards

slithered and crawled about the fields

The borogrove birds flapped lazily in the breeze

and the lost creatures howled)

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

(Self-actualising monologue, we can see what the hero thinks as he walks)

He took his vorpal sword in hand:

Long time the manxome foe he sought —

So rested he by the Tumtum tree,

And stood awhile in thought.

(With his vorpal/magic sword in hand, for a long time he searched for the great creature. He rested by the Tumtum tree, collecting his thoughts.}

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock,with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

(And, in frustrated thought he stood, the Jabberwock with eyes of flame, came stampeding through the tulgey wood, and burbled as it came.)

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

(One, two! One, two! [Could be reference to either the Jabberwocky’s striding movement or attempting to strike at our hero]. The vorpal blade when snicker-snack [Most like the sound the blade makes when rending flesh], he killed the beast, cutting off it’s head and clumsily returned home.)

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.

[A scene of celebration as the hero returns with the head, seeming somewhat distraught at taking the life of another living thing]

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

[Ironically, this scene would look best if the same as the intro scene, but devoid of wildlife. Reinforcing the theme of death evident.]

Took some of humpty dumpty’s translations;

I need to create the Jabberwocky itself as well as a Hero to slay it. I want to come away from classic interpretations of the Jabberwocky as a dragon-like creature and perhaps go a lot more weird, maybe even something lovecraftian inspired. While I would normally create something like this with ease of animation in mind. I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind in that sense and simply go with something that really stands out.

Year 3: FMP.

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