In 1903, Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, two leaders of early British cinema, made the first film interpretation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. All that remains of this destroyed film are some reassembled and restored fragments, but it is still superior to any subsequent film version of the book. Dreamlike, in ways that producers like Dreamworks could never achieve. What is it about the first attempt at something that usually makes it the enduring best?
Here's some of a 1988 version:
And here's the 2010 Disney/Tim Burton version: