"Oh my god - what a hatchet job. I mean the review not the film. I see it has made 25 in the Timeout 50 greatest animations so presumably not a view shared by all Timeout staffers.
I have to admit to being intrigued enough by the reviewers comments to want to revisit the book. My own personal view has always been that this film is one of the very few examples of the film being superior to the book. My recollection of the book is of a rather dull plodding tale lacking any of the mad eyed inspiration of this movie (filled with end of the 60s paranoia as it is) and most significantly for a novel any kind of lyricism. In contrast the film is beautiful and frightening. I also can't agree with the reviewers assertion that the "'camera' takes a conventionally objective viewpoint" the opening fable is told in a different and appropriate style to the main story, later on we are treated to another drawing style when Fiver experiences visions, then another when a rabbit meets an untimeley end. Just because the majority of the film is animated in the style prevalent at the time hardly seems reason enough to lay into it on the grounds of lack of originality.
A brilliant, original film that achieves that rarest achievement of being better than the book it is based on."