A Hundred and fifty two years ago today, on the 4th of July, 1862, Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (pseudonym Lewis Carroll) and the Reverend Robinson Duckworth row a boat, this ‘golden afternoon’, along the Isis (part of the River Thames, which flows through the university city of Oxford, England, past Christ Church Meadow and the focal point of rowing for Oxford University). Along with them are the three young daughters of Henry Liddell (the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and Dean of Christ Church), including little 10 year old Alice Liddell. During the trip, author Lewis Carroll (Dodgson) tells Alice Liddell and her sisters a story that would eventually form the basis for his book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ (a.k.a. Alice in Wonderland).
Child StarsPaying tribute to the birth of this Children’s classic, here is a questionnaire, on modern day (20th & 21st Century) Child artistes on Celluloid.

Q°1. Who is your favourite child artist? And is there a specific movie/performance (as a child) of their’s that you love?

a) Female

(i) Elizabeth Taylor
(ii) Judy Garland
(iii) Jodie Foster
(iv) Anna Paquin
(v) Other (Please Specify)

(b) Male

(i) Mickey Rooney
(ii) Elijah Wood
(iii) Nicholas Hoult
(iv) Cameron Bright
(v) Other (Please Specify)
the-childrens-hour-the-good-sonQ°2. Which of these children’s villainous/negative roles is your favourite?

(i) Karen Balkin as Mary Tilford in The Children’s Hour (1961)
(ii) Harvey Stephens as Damien in The Omen (1976)
(iii) William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence in The Karate Kid (1984)
(iv) Macaulay Culkin as Henry Evans in The Good Son (1993)
(v) Other (Please Specify)
The Musicals aimed at ChildrenQ°3. Which of these musicals specifically aimed at children (but loved by adults all the same), is your favourite?

(i) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
(ii) The Wizard of Oz (1939)
(iii) Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
(iv) Mary Poppins (1964)
(v) The Sound of Music (1965)
(vi) The Jungle Book (1967)
(vii) Oliver! (1968)
(viii) Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
(ix) Annie (1982)
(x) Aladdin (1992)

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