I almost thought I was going to rush out to the theater and see this with my two daughters, ages 4 and 6, the day it premiered. But my husband convinced me to just see it with my friends instead and I am SO glad I did!
The beginning scene would have bored my kids to death, only to be followed by a frightful descent down the rabbit hole that would have made them very nervous I'm sure. The first creature that chases Alice is super scary, he scratches her and then has his eyeball removed from his head by the sword of the door mouse... you know the cute little door mouse that pops up and down on the teacups ride at Disney? yeah. Definitely not the lighthearted Alice I wanted my kids to see.
The entire movie had a very dark, doomy, epic feel. Very Lord of the Rings or even Narnia-ish. I was naive to think Tim Burton would allow Alice to be a silly, giggling, curious girl who just wanted to find out what the white rabbit was up to. :(