I’m waking up to ash and dust
My nose is itching with the slightest gust
I’m breathing in the allergens
The train is coming with its shiny cars,
With comfy seats and wheels of stars.
So hush my little ones, have no fear -
The man in the moon is the engineer.
American McGee’s Alice
When I first saw this concept art I thought “This is fantastic! I wonder what it is?” Snails seem very appropriate to Wonderland, but I couldn’t remember any of any significance in the original books. No explanation was forthcoming with the announcement itself, nor did this scene ever make it into the game. So I wrote it off as the developers having come up with something awesome and appropriately atmospheric on their own.
I have since concluded that this is not the case by way of happy coincidence.
There is a certain kind of snail called the banded grove snail, which is native to Europe. There are four species which are native to Germany, and the German word for all of them is “Bänderschnecke”.
I believe, therefore, that this is without question an artist’s interpretation of Alice fighting the Frumious Bandersnatch. :D