Have you seen the Jan Svankmajer version of Alice? I liked it, and I'm looking forward to the Burton one.
Page with quicktime video clips: Svankmajer page at AWN
Svankmajer uses a real, taxidermied, White Rabbit. It's a engaging start to the movie to see the rabbit struggling to move its nailed down feet.
The rabbit leaks sawdust throughout the movie as a comic theme.