- Alice (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
American McGee's Alice"] Alice is a fictional characterin the books " Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and its sequel" Through the Looking-Glass", which were written by Charles Dodgsonunder the pen name Lewis Carroll.
The character has been said to be based on
Alice Liddell, a child friend of Dodgson's. Dodgson said several times that his 'little heroine' was not based on any real child, but was entirely fictional. [ Cohen, Morton N. (ed), "The Letters of Lewis Carroll", London: Macmillan, 1979.] Alice is portrayed as a quaintly logical girl, sometimes even pedantic, especially with Humpty Dumptyin the second book. According to Through the Looking-Glass, she is seven-and-a-half years old but seems to conduct herself like a somewhat older child. Alice's Adventures in Wonderlandtakes place on May 4th, Alice Liddell's birthday. Through the Looking-Glasstakes place on November 4th, her half-birthday (and Alice states that she is "seven and a half exactly.")
Alice is popularly depicted wearing a pale blue knee-length dress with a white
pinaforeovertop, although the dress originally was yellow in " The Nursery "Alice"", the first coloured version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In the illustrations for Through the Looking-Glassher hair is held back with a wide ribbon, and in honour of Alice, such hairbows are sometimes called Alice bands, particularly in the UK.
As Alice was first drawn in black and white her colors would vary from artist to artist; it was Disney who made blue the most popular color for her dress and blonde for her hair. However, Alice has been coloured by Tenniel in a blue dress, with white stripes at the bottom. Her pinafore is outlined in red.
Tenniel drew Alice in two variants: for
Through the Looking-Glassher pinaforeis more ruffled and she is shown in striped stockings, an image which has remained in much of the later art.
Besides the books, Alice has appeared in many other works, perhaps the most famous one being the Disney animated film version. There have been many other films, spin-off novels, comic book adaptations, and other forms of the story. Alice is also featured in the
Playstation 2game " Kingdom Hearts", in the Wonderland level. In the game, Alice has been found guilty by the Queen of Hearts, and is put on trial. It is later found out that she is one of the seven 'Princesses of Hearts'.
This version of Alice appears as a guest in
House of Mouse.
In the 2000 PC game, "
American McGee's Alice", Alice is portrayed as an older, dark-brown haired girl with emerald green eyes. In the game, Alice is a tortured young woman, who at a young age was orphaned when her parents were burned alive in an accidental fire caused by her cat Dinah. Afterwards, she falls into a catatonic state, and condemned to Rutledge's Asylum for treatment. There she remains for many years, faced with her own survivor's guilt, and the mistreatment of patients in the mental hospitals of the time. Then, the Cheshire Cat arrives in her cell, and tells her she must return to Wonderland as their savior. By doing so, she not only saves Wonderland, but her own sanity. American McGee's Alice has Susie Brannvoicing the titular character.
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 Wonderlandand a warrior princess with magical powers of her own. The prefice of the story is that Alyss fled to Earth where she met Lewis Carrol and told him her story. He turned it into a nonsensical fairytale in which he even misspelled her name (rendering it, Alice).
The Czech surrealist
Jan Švankmajerretold the story in a very dark 1988 film titled simply Alice. Woody Allenalso called a film "Alice", and while it was not a direct adaptation it did follow a woman who has a series of surreal adventures. Alice also appears as a college-attending teenager alongside Wendy Darling, Dorothy Galeand C. S. Lewis' Susan Pevensie(" The Chronicles of Narnia") in Chicago of 2005 and 2006, in the comic book series, " The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles".
Alice is voiced by
Kathryn Beaumontin all English Disney productions but the Disney Channeloriginal show, Adventures in Wonderland, where she was played by Elisabeth Harnois. In the Tokyo Disneyland DreamLightsversion 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.
Recently Alice has been portrayed by
Beyonce Knowlesfor Disney's theme park campaign.
In the anime of
CardCaptor SakuraSakura Kinomoto plays the part of Alice, while her older brother acts as the Mad Hatter, her classmate Syaoran Li is doubled to be both Tweedledee and Tweedledum and various other characters appear throughout the episode.
In the anime of
Ouran High School Host ClubHaruhi Fujioka plays the part of Alice in the episode "Haruhi In Wonderland". However, in chapter 15 of the manga, various male characters are forced into the role of Alice instead.
* [http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/school/alice.html Character description of Alice]
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