The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in 8 Fits) is usually thought of as a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll in 1874, when he was 42 years old. It describes "with infinite humour the impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature".
The story follows a crew who after crossing the sea guided by the Bellman's map of the Ocean—a blank sheet of paper— arrive in a strange land. The Baker recalls that his uncle once warned him that, though catching Snarks is all well and good, you must be careful; for, if your Snark is a Boojum, then you will softly and suddenly vanish away, and never be met with again. With this in mind, they split up to hunt. Along the way, the Butcher and Beaver -previously mutually wary for the Butcher's specialty in preparing beavers- become fast friends, the Barrister falls asleep and dreams of a court trial defended by the Snark, and the Banker loses his sanity after being attacked by a frumious Bandersnatch. At the end, the Baker calls out that he has found a Snark; but when the others arrive he has mysteriously disappeared, 'For the Snark was a Boojum, you see'.
When looking through the artwork of Max Ernst, i came across these bold and stylistic illustrations which Ernst himself played a part in creating. The design of the ship and characters in these illustrations have a particularly strong style, adopting a golden-age fairytale feel. Much like transcriptions for films like The Chronicles of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland, I feel that The Hunting of The Snark could also have a very fantastical and magical feel/style that would create a great family animation/film.