Down the Rabbit Hole we go...
“Curiouser and curiouser!”
|Hair Color|| Blonde (most depictions)|
Brown (eg. 1972, 1999)
|Address||London, England/Victorian Era/ High Society|
|Occupation(s)||White Pawn ♙|
|Family|| Charles Kingsleigh (father)|
Helen Kingsleigh (mother)
Margaret Manchester (sister)
Lowell Manchester (brother-in-law)
Henry Kingsleigh (brother)
|Friends|| The Cheshire Cat|
The White Rabbit
The Mad Hatter
The White Knight Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Humpty Dumpty,
|Pet(s)||Dinah the Cat|
|Enemies|| The Queen of Hearts|
The Red Queen Jabborwacky
|First appearance||Alice in Wonderland (2010)|
|Last appearance||Alice in Wonderland (2010)|
|Portrayer|| Mia Wasikowska|
Mairi Ella Challen (6 year old Alice)
Mia Wasikowska as a mature and grown up Alice in Disney's 2010 semi-sequel, live action/CGI film 'Alice and Wonderland' Directed by Tim Burton.
Alice lives in the Victorian era in London England. She is sophisticated and a great thinker for a six in a half year old child. She is extremely brave, not being afraid to venture far out into new places or the unknown and will become determined to investigate anything that makes her wonder. Alice is proper, well behaved, well groomed and poised. She has a charming elegance and grace beyond her years. She devotes much of her time in herself and achieving the goal of being a proper young english lady, always giving a polite curtsey when introducing herself. For a little girl, she is also well spoken with a natural english accent. She can recite poetry and nursery rhymes with ease. Alice knows all of the rules of a young ladies etiquette because she was brought up by a rather wealthy family from a privileged upper class lifestyle. It is quite likely that she is a blue blood, possibly even related to royalty or other figures of high positions during that time. Despite her charismatic charm, Alice can be very immature at times and innocently mischievous. She may enjoy acting in a fancy fashion or much more older than she truly is to impress, but she is undeniably a very curious little thing. This trait normally gets the better of Alice and leads her into many chaotic situations. She's often seen daydreaming or sleeping in the day, instead of doing anything productive. Alice gives herself advice instead of listening to the advice of others who are more mature and wiser such as her big older sister. Not even Alice's pet cat Dinah understands why her little mistress desires a "world of her own." When Alice falls down into Wonderland and steps into the Looking Glass, she finds it harder and harder to maintain her composure and keep her patience because of all the poppycock and nonsense that occurs in these strange realms. Alice also can be hypocritical, for when anyone words something incorrectly in a sentence, Alice will call them out on it and correct them on the "vulgar" use of grammar. Yet at times Alice herself does not speak correctly but never catches herself slipping or making these mistakes she criticises others of being guilty of. Alice is very good at giving herself advice but seldom does she follow it. Because of this she is lead by her own subconscious into one silly or outrageous scenario after another.
Alice's Adventures in WonderlandEditOne summer day, like any other, on exactly May the 4th, Alice and her lovely big sister went to relax and read books next to a big tree on the river bank. The hot sun made Alice feel rather lazy and stupid. Even too sleepy to collect flowers to make a daisy chain to wear as a crown, and ever so bored by her sister's book because it had no pictures within it, Alice soon slipped into a midsummer day dream. Suddenly out of no where, she noticed a White Rabbit with pink eyes who was dressed up in a fancy coat while carrying a pocket watch. To Alice, the rabbit seemed to be late for something significant as he rushed right by her in a panic. Filled with a great curiosity that she could not ignore, Alice quickly followed him to see where he was off to in such a hurry. When the Rabbit came to another tree nearby, he went down his dark rabbit-hole. Alice who was running after him followed the rabbit venturing inside of it as well. In the process, Alice accidentally lost her footing in the darkness, fell and tumbled down a long way into a tunnel-hole that went straight down into the ground below. Futher and further she went, passing a numerous variety of random objects such as clocks and maps, furniture and books, even globes of the earth and containers of orange marmalade. Everything simply floated in it's place, stuck within the air. After thinking to herself for a rather long time and wondering if she would fall so deep that she'd reach the other side of the earth, Alice began to doze off. She was quickly awakened when she reached the bottom of this tunnel at last and continued her search for the late white rabbit. While looking for the rabbit Alice also discovered a lovely little garden on the other side of a small door that she was much too large to get through. Alice then began to also search for away to be in that beautiful garden which was filled with blooming roses and pretty water fountains. As the adventures got curiouser and curiouser, Alice found herself in a bizzare realm. One of which that went against any type of civilized logic. She suffered a series of wacky escapades in her journey and misadventures filled with complete and utter nonsense. After eating delicious sweets that happened to be laid out and drinking bottles of syrup that she made sure were not marked poison, Alice met unforgettable new friends. Such as a rat while swimming in a pool as big as an ocean of her own tears. Or the talking-singing flowers, or crying babis who turned into pigs. She eventually met a narcissistic blue caterpillar who smoked hooka all day long while he sat upon a mushroom waiting to turn into a butterfly. And Alice encountered a very silly mad hatter who was forever stuck in his own world of a never-ending limbo of tea time. Alice finally made her way into the Queen's rose garden, there she encountered her royal Highness of Wonderland the Queen of Hearts. She was a mean and controlling Queen with a cutthroat personality who dominated even the King who seemed terrified of her, as well as the rest of her royal subjects who resided within her red court. The Queen also forced her subjects to play unfair games of croquet with pink flamingos as malets. The Queen cheated at these games to win every time, and everybody else let her, for when the Queen became angry or didn't get her way she would lose her temper at anyone over the slightest mistake. Such as someone eating her yummy tarts. and she'd fiercely scream out loud: "OFF WITH THEIR HEAD!" And the unfortunate person, would be taken away to their fate of being beheaded. After Alice made the mistake of upsetting the red Queen, the poor girl ended up in a court of law with a jury full of funny talking animals. There, the people of Wonderland began to gang up on her and wanted to take her head. But Alice was not about to let herself be decapitated over such ridiculous nonsense. She suddenly began to grow larger, and larger until her head hit the top of the ceiling. She was an enormous giant, overpowering the entire court and evoking death threats from the King and Queen. Ultimately, Alice lost her temper finally and screamed back at everyone around her below that they were all nothing but a silly pack of cards. This angered the court and they all began to close in on her as one to attack her under the red Queen's orders. But before they got too close to Alice, she luckily woke up and found herself next to her older sister on the bank once again, realizing that it all was nothing more than a mere dream that she had dreamt on a warm summer day. The End
In the upcoming Broadway musical, she will be played by Taylor Louderman.
Alice through the Looking Glass, and what she found thereEditIn this sequel to the first story. Our tale deals with a slightly older Alice, and happens indoors on a snowy, wintry night exactly six months later from her adventure in Wonderland, on November 4th. One random evening, Alice is bored as usual and is left all alone in a room inside her mansion home with no one for company but the crackling of the fireplace. Sitting in a big grown up chair next to a window, Alice watches the snowflakes fall from the sky outside. And wishes she were old enough to join everyone else at the bonfire that is being held. Alice sulks about in a lethargic state. But her pet cat, Dinah on the other hand is now a mother cat of a litter consisting of black and white baby kittens. Looking at her reflection in a looking glass hung up above a bookshelf Alice began wondering what life was like on the other side. When she tried to enter the mirror, she found she could step into it and enter the world on the other side. she finds a book with looking-glass poetry, Jabberwocky, whose reversed printing on the pages can be read only by holding it up to the mirror. Alice also observes that the chess pieces in the room have come to life, though they remain small enough for her to pick up. Alice met many new characters. Such as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the White Night and even figures from Mother Goose's nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty. All while on her quest to reach the end of the Wonderland chessboard and become an offical Queen. There are many mirror themes in this sequel, including opposites, time running backwards, and so on. Alice suddenly awakens to find herself back in the room of the fireplace and looking glass, in the large armchair she was sitting in while holding one of Dinah's kitten. The story ends with Alice recalling the speculation of events and that everything may have, in fact, been a dream, yet Alice might herself be no more than a someone's dream or figment of someone else's imagination. One final poem is inserted by the author, Lewis Carroll as a sort of epilogue ending which suggests that life itself is but a dream. The End
The Alice behind the AliceEdit
To most people who are familiar with Lewis Carroll and his classic tale of little girls falling down rabbit holes and murderous Queens, Alice is just an imaginary figure who finds herself in impossibly illogical situations due to her burning curiosity. She is a popular and iconic character of fiction who was created in the year 1865 by children's author and story teller Lewis Carroll. She is the protagonist of the stories. The inspiration for Alice was actually based off of a real child: a close friend of Carroll's who was also named Alice (Alice Liddell). Carroll would tell stories about strange adventures underground to entertain Alice and her other sisters as innocent fun on warm summer days. While sitting amongst the vast meadows near the lakes of Oxford, London, building card houses and making flower crowns, Alice and her sisters very much enjoyed listening to Carroll's funny stories those golden afternoons to pass the time. Lewis Carroll went on to write his famous classic book, originally tilted Alice's Adventures Underground which he would dedicate to the real life Alice Liddel
There are a few available books written about the real Alice and the relationship she had with Carroll. Specifically one titled (Alice I Have Been) by author Melanie Benjamin, and another titled (She Haunts Me So) by author Jenny Woolf. Both novels are slightly romanticized in writing, but are mainly based on all fact.
The original illustrations of Alice were entirely in black and white, so the color of her dress, blue (her "signature color") was not established, nor was the color of her hair. Her very first color illustrations, in The Nursery Alice were personally adjusted and coloured by John Tenniel and show her dress as yellow, with blue trim, along with light blue stockings, dark blonde hair and black buckled shoes.
It was Disney's version of Alice who helped make the popular iconic image of the character as a young, cute and lovely adolescent young lady with blue eyes, thick blonde shoulder-length hair, red lips and fair pale skin, wearing a light blue short-sleeved, knee-length dress with a white pinafore, corset, petticoat, frilly knee-length pantalettes and stockings, a black hair-ribbon and black round toe shoes in a "Mary Jane" style. This look has perhaps become the classic and most widely recognized Alice in Wonderland dress in later works and costumes.
Tenniel drew Alice in two variants: for Through the Looking-Glass, her pinafore is more ruffled and she is shown in striped stockings, an image which has remained in much of the later art. Also in Through the Looking-Glass, her hair is held back with a wide ribbon, normally depicted as black. In honor of Alice, such hair bands are sometimes called "Alice Bands," particularly in the UK.
Alice goes to Oz?Edit
Many fans of Oz or Wonderland have used the two entertaining stories to parallel each other.Alice's character has been given life within the Oz stories in spin off takes combining the Wonderland creatures and the characters from the land of Oz. Alice has teamed up with Dorothy Gale in comic strips and books. These comics are aimed for more mature comic readers but are enjoyable nonetheless and are collectable items. It is rumoured that the protagonist child character Dorothy Gale from 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' book written by childrens author L. Frank Baum, was inspired and loosley based upon a few of the personality traits of Alice. Alice in Wonderland, voiced by Kathryn Beaumont. Alice was drawn looking a bit older than her story book counterpart, about 12 years old, but still keeping the wonder and childlike quality of a young innocent but well mannered girl.
She is portrayed as being curious, pedantic, sweet, very beautiful, polite, courteous, cute, shy, mature and has an elegance and gentleness of a young woman, although once she falls into Wonderland she finds it harder and harder to maintain her composure. She is also kind and cheerful. She is shown to be determined, but her determination is often overpowered by her temper, seeing as she does not give up on finding the White Rabbit until she gets frustrated, and is easily put off by rudeness.
1985 Television MiniseriesEditAlice is portrayed in a 1985 Television miniseries by Natalie Gregory. This series actually featured many characters overlooked by the Disney film, including the dreaded Jabberwock.
In the dark avant garde, surrealist Czech film Alice, the character is played by Kristýna Kohoutová; the English dubbed version features the voice of Camilla Power. Alice herself narrates the dialogue of all the other characters in the film.
This artistic version of Lewis Carroll's clasic tale, Alice is a curious child who appears to be a loner. Just like the original story, she desperately follows a White Rabbit doll stuffed with saw dust into "Wonderland," which is a strange mix of a household-like areas with very little concern for logical space or size and it inhabitants tend to be strange mixtures of junk and other useless rubbish and rotting dead animals, such as a bed with bird legs, or a stuffed lizard with glass eyes. After returning home, she ponders if she would cut off the head of the stuffed rabbit or not with its own scissors.
HBO's 1985 DreamchildEdit
The true story that started it all...This gorgeous yet underrated 80's movie 'Dreamchild' is loosely based upon the man who created the story of Wonderland, Lewis Carroll. Fact and fantasy come together when Lewis Carroll (an awkward mathematics teacher of Oxford London, who was young at heart) develops intimate feelings and falls deeply in love with an aristocratic yet headstrong adolescent girl from a high society family named Alice. Who also just happened to be the inspiration behind the original writing of the Wonderland book. Taking place in circa Victorian era, the characters of Wonderland are brought to life by Jim Henson's state of the art puppetry for it's time, in this haunting, and at times mildly disturbing tale that takes it's viewer into a nostalgic and magical world that no longer exist. A mysterious and interesting plot line of an intriguing dream like qaulity that shows the tender, complex and eventually controversial relationship between Alice and Lewis himself. A true story about youth, imagination and unrequited love. That will haunt you long after watching.
Hallmark's Alice in Wonderland 1999EditIn the well received made for TV 1999 adaptation, which won 4 Emmys, Alice is played by Tina Majorino. The movie combines portions of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, & features such talents as Whoopi Goldberg (the Cheshire Cat) & Martin Short (the Mad Hatter). These characters are first seen at the beginning of the movie as guests at a party Alice is attending before being re-invented as characters in Wonderland. Other elements of the film also suggest that Alice is dreaming/creating the world with her subconscious. This version of Alice is the most faithful addaption of the books and keeps Alice's dress yellow as it was in the very first colored illustration of the character. Mia Wasikowska. After losing her beloved father, Alice is a melancholy 19-year-old who doesn't really fit in with her upper-class privileged Victorian lifestyle in a world of high society. She has no friends, is unmotivated and depressed. To much of her mothers concern, and despite her character flaws, Alice is mature, intelligent, a strong-willed girl who always speaks her mind, and has an independent personality which is frowned upon in young ladies of her time. She truly wants to make her own choices in life instead of having everything chosen for her, such as picking out her own husband and not being forced in an arranged and loveless marriage. After running away from an engagement garden party that goes terribly wrong, Alice falls down into the rabbit jole and is ultimately brought back to Wonderland (by McTwisp) to slay the Jabberwocky. Throughout the film Alice reunites with old unfamiliar friends such as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Mad Hatter and even comes across new individuals such the White Queen, (the younger and much more beautiful good sister of the red Queen.) During her escapes. Alice insist that she is simply just trapped within her own mind again and everything around her is just another one of her bizzare and surreal recurring dreams or Nightmares (As she refereed to them as a little girl when her father was still alive.) Alice has had dreams of Wonderland since childhood so she believes her feelings of doubt that none of her surroundings actually exist are correct. Towards the end of her adventure in Wonderland she slowly begans to realize and see that the dream and delusions she's experiencing are really repressed memories and that everything is infact real. Alice finally remembers her first trip to Wonderland all those years ago. (which come to found out she incorrectly called as the land is actually named Underland.) Alice accepts that she was/is indeed the right girl who made a long lasting infamous impression on Wonderland and all it's illogical people and creatures who inhabit it. As everyone keeps going on about who she really is, Alice's return becomes a rite of passage as she discovers herself and faces her fears head-on to not only save Wonderland and fulfill it's long awaited prophecy, but also to save herself. While finding her true calling and way in life, Alice will learn to believe in the impossible. In this dark coming of age fantasy film.
In 2009, Syfy aired a two-part Mini Series titled Alice that was set to be a re-imagining of the original story. Alice is a brunette in her early twenties. Because of her father's apparent abandonment of her and her mother, Alice has difficulties trusting men, preventing her from being part of a successful relationship. When her boyfriend Jack Chase (Heart) is kidnapped, she follows him into a re-imagined Wonderland. She is portrayed by Caterina Scorsone.
In Frank Beddor's novel, The Looking Glass Wars, an adaptation of the Alice books, Alice is re-imagined as Alyss Heart, the rightful heir to the throne of Wonderland and a warrior princess with magical powers of her own. The preface of the story is that Alyss fled to Earth where she met Lewis Carroll and told him her story. He turned it into a nonsensical fairytale in which he even misspelled her name.
Jeff Noon wrote a third Alice book, Automated Alice, in which Alice, still of a similar age, goes "through the clock's workings" with the guidance of the bird Whipporwill. Noon's depiction of Alice is quite similar to Carroll's and is an imaginative blend of the absurdities of the earlier Alice novels with modern conceptions of logic, mechanisation and cyberspace. Carroll's own interests in logic and metaphysics are clearly the inspiration for Noon's approach.
Her dress in saga is a navy blue dress, representing a sailor's outfit with a pure white apron, which pockets have astronomical signs. She wears black and white striped socks and knee high black combat boots with silver buckles. Even though it varies from her promotional image to in-game.
Set after the two books, the game's plot tells that Alice was orphaned at 8 years of age when her parents and older sister were burned alive in an accidental fire caused by Dinah (In Madness Returns is supposed to be different). Afterward, she falls into a catatonic state, and is condemned to Rutledge's Asylum for treatment. She remains there for 10 years, faced with her own survivor's guilt and the mistreatment of patients in the mental hospitals of the time. After many years, the White Rabbit arrives in her cell and tells her she must return to Wonderland and save the creatures there from the tyrannical Queen of Hearts. By doing so, she not only saves Wonderland, but her own sanity.
In Alice: Madness Returns, the second game following American McGee's Alice, Alice Liddell, comes back.
Set after a year from being released from Rutledge (after defeating the Queen Of Hearts), Alice is left still an orphan, now working for her Psychaiatrist, Dr. Angus Bumby. After seeing visions and hallucinations of Wonderland being destroyed once again, Alice must set on an adventure to destroy this new villain and find the truth about her family's fire to free her Wonderland's peace again.
Disney's 1951 version of Alice is seen as one of the most important characters of the video game series Kingdom Hearts. She is one of the Princesses of Heart — seven maidens of pure light needed to open the final Door to Darkness, leading to Kingdom Hearts, the heart of all worlds — and the first Princess of Heart the protagonist, Sora, meets in the first game. Alice also appears in the sequel, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and its remake, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, as a figment of the protagonist's memory.
She is also mentioned in Kingdom Hearts II even though she doesn't make an appearance. In this episode, when Sora and his friends need the password to Ansem the Wise's database, the DTD, they realize that DTD stands for Door to Darkness. As all seven Princess of Heart are required to open the Door to Darkness, they soon learn that the password are their names. Alice's name is mentioned as part of the list.
In the otome game "Heart no Kuni no Alice, She appears as Alice Liddell who was kidnapped by Peter White into Wonderland and meets bizarre characters that fall in love with her. She also appears in the sequels "Clover no Kuni no Alice" and "Joker no Kuni no Alice."
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
"Woody Allen's film Alice, while not a direct adaptation, did follow a woman who has a series of surreal adventures. Alice also appears as a college-attending teenager alongside Wendy Darling, Dorothy Gale, and Susan Pevensie in Chicago of 2005 and 2006, in the comic book series The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles. Alice also appears as an aging woman in Alan Moore's graphic novel Lost Girls.
In the Tokyo Disneyland DreamLights version of the Main Street Electrical Parade, Alice is voiced by Kat Cressida. Kristýna Kohoutová portrayed her in Svankmajer's Alice (her English dub was done by Camilla Power). In the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts, she was voiced by Mika Doi.
Also, in the anime Pandora Hearts, there are two characters loosely based of Alice. Alice the B-rabbit, and The Will of the Abyss. Both characters share there first name with Alice, and seeing as many aspects of Pandora Hearts are based off of Alice in Wonderland, it can be assumed there names are as well.
Alice appears in the novel "Wonderland Revisited and the Games Alice Played There," where she disembarks to meet a number of the inhabitants of Wonderland including the Red Queen, the Jack of Diamonds, the Mah-jong Dragons, the Red King, and the Red King's Gamekeeper.
She appears in the British film "Malice in Wonderland" as an American student who suffers amnesia after getting hit by a black cab and finding herself in Wonderland.
In the DS game "A Witch's Tale," a mystical savior named Alice appeared and used the Witch's magic against them and sealed them away. Also the main character is named Liddell, who is a witch-in-training.
Alice is mentioned in a book when a cruel mother says "Come now, Jessie. You're just as crazy as that Alice girl from Crumberlind." The daughter responds by saying "She was from Wonderland, mum."
In episode 13 of the anime: 'Ouran High School Host Club' the main character, Haruhi, takes the role of Alice after falling down a hole trying follow Usa-chan. There, in her own Wonderland, her friends also make an appearance similar to Wonderland characters (Ex: Tamaki as the Mad Hatter; Mori as the Doormouse) and also meets her mother (who has died). She later wakes up to find it was all just a dream. In the original manga, both Tamaki, the twins and Haruhi (although the previous two are re-scripted as the mad hatter and the cheshire cat respectively) take the roll of Alice to begin with, Honey taking the form of the white rabbit and Mori appearing as the baby.
The main character of the anime Kiniro Mosaic, Alice, is a direct parody of this Alice, she constantly made references to Alice in Wonderland and for some characters she resembles the White Rabbit too. Her love interest, Shino, appears as the Mad Hatter in the credits.
In Batman: The Animated Series, a girl is based on Alice, having the same features and same name in the episode "Mad As A Hatter". However, she isn't seen again after the episode.
Alice in Wonderland (1985)Edit
Alice in Wonderland most impressed quotes: Nothing's impossible.
Alice ❖ The Mad Hatter ❖
The White Rabbit ❖ The Queen of Hearts ❖ The King of Hearts