Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Walrus & the Carpenter

This week's Toon Club topic is "The Walrus and the Carpenter" from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. I love Disney's version in Alice in Wonderland... one of my favorite animated segments from anything ever.

Based on the weird things Lewis Carroll wrote, I would not doubt that he had plenty of conversations with walruses, but the rest of us would likely find that quite impossible due to the common belief that walruses do not speak... not of shoes, nor of ships, nor of sealing wax. So for this story to be at all believable, we are to logically assume that the carpenter is completely insane. I picture him a Robinson Crusoe-like character who forces the local marine life to wear clothes he makes out of driftwood and then has conversations "with" them about cabbages and kings.


Tom Hanks befriended a volleyball. The carpenter? A dignified walrus chap.

14 comments:

Kyle Marshall said...

I haven't been around in a bit, i have missed out on alot, great works.

Joe Fowler said...

I like that when I don't know your motivation for a "toon club", I can come here and find out.

You're a weirdo!

flipstudios said...

awesome. kinda reminds me of an insane robin williams ... or just robin williams i guess. i love your stuff.

Jarrett said...

Haha, I love how the carpenter is presenting his hat to the Walrus. Excellent piece, Shane. You show great craftsmanship.

Can't wait to see more!

Adrian Ropp said...

You make some interesting arguments, but I think you've underestimated the walrus' I.Q. a bit. I know for a fact that they can wave, blow kisses, and spit water on cue. I've done extensive research on this at Sea World.

Kudos on your very accurate walrus caricature, and as always, nice drawing! Shane's blog = fun!

Tim Bye said...

It could be the carpenter is sane and everybody else isn't?! Fab picture!

Patrick said...

Another nice drawing and great story to boot! Keep it up!

Alikins said...

SO cute, VERY funny and a great story to boot!
LOVE IT! :)

Todd Oman said...

Your stuff just keeps getting better and better.

Ryan Wood said...

"cabbages and kings"? Sheer brilliance, mister. That walrus is terrific!

Joshua said...

Great piece. Love the walrus expression...

Jo Bling said...

Like the wooden hat. Splintery goodness. Your carpenter looks like a roadie for the Grateful Dead, Shane ;-) Which is cool...

Blogerts said...

The sad thing is that the Walrus is the one running the show and coming up with the ideas.

sildenafil said...

Thanks for sharing, nice draws, I always try to use photoshop but I never succed haha
Good luck