It's quite a noisy film, and this relentless scraping and abrasive sound create a texture in and of itself. As far as an adaptation of the book, it is different, and much like other Švankmajer films, almost the entire thing seems to be shot in some dank basement.
"alice thought to herself... alice thought to herself 'now you will see a film... made for children... perhaps... ' but, I nearly forgot... you must... close your eyes... otherwise... you won't see anything..." no matter how good, how gothic, or how imaginative you think tim burton is, his reimagination of lewis carroll's alice in wonderland will not exceed jan svankmajer's. a magical work from a true surrealist.
A glorious, unrestrained fever-dream of a film that I watched in mad, rapt delight. Svankmajer's Wonderland triggers an instant recognition that suggests a fidelity to Carroll's own vision of the place, undiluted by the niceties the conscious mind likes to impose to try to civilize the products of its source. The only thing better would be a live action version with Tom Waits as Hatter... maybe Nick Cage as Hare.