I agree the animation is lovely and top notch…. but the movie itself plays like patchwork….. its like they didn't know how to make the transitions to the other scenes so,…. they just didn't. And the repeated 'awakenings' to transition the story out of danger every time it occurred just seemed like lazy transitions and lazy excuses to throw in more references to the comic strips….I mean it's a cute comic but it was like 90 years old at the time, right? How many people going to see the movie had even remembered the comics or were even old enough to know they even existed?
I can understand transitions that don't make sense because it's all a dream, but everything else makes sense up until the point where they try to sloppily transition. In a dream, transitions usually flow quickly but they come from the place they were before. The opening sequence showed this very well, turning the dream into a nightmare all in one flowing swoop, where the transition made about as much sense as anything else that was happening. But in the rest of the movie the dreams just kind of played red light green light and became really annoying and pointless, which made it look sloppy.
Beautiful animation, but botched story imho…