The most wacky and psychedelic animated movie that Disney ever made but also brings all the greatest moments from the book into what is still the best filmed version of it. The worm that basically smokes opium would never pass the Disney censors today. A movie that prepares the child for more demanding and adult movies in future life and to be honest I'm sad it isn't that many films of this sort made.
While it's not the most satisfying of Lewis Carroll's Novel, so much of the film can't be translated beyond the written word, so judging one against the other is dumb and pointless. The result is a candy colored Dreamland, an Avant-Garde Fairy Tale that appeals to the intellect. With the most interesting Heroine Uncle Walt has ever given us. Pure Brilliance, the best of Walt's Post War efforts.
I tend to take big issue with this film, likely due to the fact that the simple "weirdness" of a film does not seem to earn my appreciation as easily as it does with others. Honestly, I find the film very monotonal; from almost its very first minute to its last, it's cranked all the way up to ten attempting to out-weird itself. It gets tiring after the first half-hour or so and you're left wanting actual substance.
Alice in Wonderland captures the whimsical, zany charm of the book. It doesn't boast a consistent and emotionally gripping narrative, nor should it have to. It's the personification of a childlike fanciful vision, mutable and readily amazed at all that's going on at the same time. All characters are likable and memorable and the visuals are pretty interesting. I do find it a bit uneven, but it's wonderfully wondrous.