I was extremely impressed by the craft of this adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, but I really craved more emphasis on plot/characters (somewhat unlike me). Though the film is never boring, the momentum in the first 45 minutes or so to get to the tea party is really patience testing. I really couldn't help but feel a small bit of disappointment, but I am sure my fondness for the Disney version corrupts my opinion.
Fascinating, as always from the Czech master, transfer of Alice onto the screen in a cornucopia of visual and aural pleasures. The latter coordinate a mechanical universe (an obsession for E.Europeans) and stress the obscure modernism of a work the ingenuity of which resides in conveying to the fullest the passages of the human psyche, of childhood, of life, of an entire era. A remarkable and perfectly tuned film.
So crafty and creepy and malevolent and joyous, with grubby textures that get under your fingernails and toothsome, clackity tactility. Gives your eyes a real scouring delight. All the repetition and object lessons are an odd comfort for one with OCD. A truly oneiric adaptation of a childhood recollection. Never before has the White Rabbit been such a bad influence!
A worthy adaptation of Alice. Highly creative in the stop-motion and the sounds used in the film are somehow very pleasing. For example the munching on wood or the butter spreading on the watch. Only one annoying this about this is the constant "said..." after a character has spoken.
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.