Snark related items


The musicalisation of the Hunting of the Snark started life as a concept album in 1984 starring several names including Art Garfunkel, John Hurt, Sir John Gielgud, Roger Daltrey and Cliff Richard. Later it was performed as a concert at the Albert Hall starring Billy Connolly as 'The Bellman' and many performers recreating their roles from the concept recording. On 24th October 1991 the Snark opened in London starring Philip Quast, David McCallum, Kenny Everitt, Mark McGann,John Partridge and Veronica Hart to poor reviews.












Some of you may know Michael Sporn through his many wonderful animated films, including, THe Hunting of the Snark, Doctor Desoto (an Oscar nominee), Abel’s Island, What’s Under My Bed, The Little Match Girl, Ira Sleeps Over, White Wash, Mona, Mon Amor and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.  Most of his films are multi-award winners, and animation festival favorites.  Sporn has also received a number of Emmy nominations for his television work, and in 2007 the Modern Museum of Art in Manhattan held a Retrospective exhibit of his body of work, no mean feat for an animator.



1986 'The Hunting of the Snark' directed by Fred Weiss






Author - Alan White published by The Lewis Carroll Society, London in April 2011. This little booklet is the transcript of a dinner party address delivered in 1966 and produced to commemorate the author, a long time member of the society, who died recently.



BY FIN STAFF / 9 MAY 2015 /

A stop-frame animation film version of ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ has been accepted for the Marché du Film at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. After the May premiere, the film will then spend the next year on the festival circuit and is the latest ‘cinematic Snark’ of director Saranne Bensusan, produced by From the 3rd Story Productions Ltd., a London based Production company.

Bensusan has worked on 25 film and television projects and incorporated ‘From the 3rd Story Productions Ltd’ with Lawrence Mallinson in 2012 to produce live action and animated films for the festival market, in addition to doing private and corporate work. Saranne is a 2003 graduate of the Royal Holloway University in London, and Lawrence’s previous work has been screened at Cannes, Edinburgh, and Courmayeur.

This particular Snark is done with puppet Animation as opposed to claymation, whereby each puppet and prop is custom made. Their bodies are designed from wire armatures and polyurethane make their bodies, with latex covering the fingers of the armatures thus allowing the puppets to walk and use their fingers. The requisite moustaches and beards are made from cotton and wool over armatures and are manipulated to represent speech.

Bensusan chose ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ because it was one of her favourites from a childhood book, ‘The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll’, a gift from her appropriately named Uncle Lewis.

Andrew Sellonis plays the voice of the Judge in ‘The Barrister’s Dream’. The Bellman’s distinctive voice belongs to German actor Joerg Stadler, best known in North America for his portrayal of Steamboat Willie, a German captive soldier in ‘Saving Private Ryan’, and for playing opposite Brad Pitt in ‘Spy Game’.

To learn more about ‘The Hunting of the Snark’, check out the Facebook fanpage or visit the production company’s website.



To represent an absurd ship with which "the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes," I took a Mega Bloks "Pirates of the Caribbean Black Pearl" and left out the two middle sections - so I'd just have the fore and aft sections for a very squat ship, with a removable set of masts (for better access to miniatures). from;

Michael McNeff's amazing new film adaptation of Lewis Carol's 'The Hunting of the Snark' uses cutting edge technology to successfully capture the story's enchanting world on the big screen. A curious bunch of adventurers set off across the seas in search of a mysterious island that is home to all manor of bazaar and often dangerous creatures, including the much desired delicacy, The Snark! To catch such a beast is a true prize indeed, but they come in many shapes and sizes and the pursuit can often prove perilous, particularly as not all Snarks are what they seem...From;



The Hunting of the Snark is an animated feature about a group of strange individuals that embark on a voyage with the aim of capturing “The Snark,” regardless of the fact that none of them even know what it is, or how to catch it, the film is  directed by Saranne Bensusan with several other confirmed crew members. For details see




Putting on a U.S. Premiere stage production that could legitimately be called an "intimate opera" seems like challenge enough. But Chicago Opera Vanguard's latest show, Boojum!, ups the ante by tackling a subject that makes practically no sense at all: Lewis Carroll's mock-epic poem. from;

Dreaming is Composing Music at

Courage. Hope. Care. Boojummy. The term is derived from Louis (sic) Carroll’s Hunting of the Snark. The Boojum, the most dangerous kind of snark, is found on an island many months sail from England, betwixt and between the dark crevices and crags. When you find one, so they say, you disappear. Forever. I kind of like to think it’s because you find yourself. In addition to courage, hope and care, you also need thimbles and forks – think Robert Frost two roads in a wood, not last night’s dinner – when you set out on a snark hunt.

The Bellman's Return
Published by Reading Room Press in 2012, limited to 150 copies, with colour illustrations. An attempt to conclude the poem.


Bob Hescott & Stephen Cockett
Published by Collins in1991, this is the play script of an adaption of the poem set in World War II, Performed at The Haymarket Theatre Leicester.