On this page, we are going to look at and watch several different interpretations of the Blue Caterpillar character.
The surrealist painter, Salvador Dali (of the wilting clocks) created a set of illustrations for the Alice stories.
You may be most familiar with one of these two Disney versions:
According to IMDB, there have been over 200 filmed versions of the story. This is one of the earliest silent films (just watch the caterpillar scene)
Here is the performer Sammy Davis Jr. from a star-studded made-for-television version of Alice where the poem becomes a full-blown number.
Lastly, take a look at this clip from a ballet version of Alice in Wonderland choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, recorded in 2013 for the Royal Opera House.
After reading the text and now seeing these visual interpretations of the blue caterpillar, do you think the figure is representative of something? Is it more than one thing? Do these videos or images support your thinking? How does Carroll’s text support it? What do one of two of the visual versions add or highlight in their interpretation?