Ah, but the sets! Truly fantastic and bizarre, with triangular doors, twisty streets, strange stripy spires... Oh yes, Ted Geisel saw this film at an impressionable time, I am certain.
The showing last night was great - the Theremin accompaniment was very appropriate (if a trifle loud at times) and truly added to the atmosphere. It was fascinating to watch the audience being drawn in to the film, as I was myself - there was good natured laughter at the abruptness of the opening and some of the more play-like aspects of the initial scenes, but by Act III of the IV people had been drawn into and adjusted to the milieu and the older cinematic conventions.
I'm glad I went. I was having some doubts standing in line in the alley, but I'm pleased I persevered.