Alice in Wonderland is a classic in its own merit. The Disney animated film was a hit when it was released in 1951, and it has gained newer audiences with different generations accommodating the story. The film gave fans an escape from reality, as they got to watch the titular character walk into what some people believe was her own imagination.; it even inspired a remake of the same name in 2010. As much as audiences appreciate the soundtracks, the animations, and the story of the film, Alice in Wonderland wouldn’t have gone anywhere without the voice actors who lent their talents to tell the story of the curious girl and her supporting characters. Let’s take a look at who voices the characters in Alice in Wonderland.
Who voices the titular character in ‘Alice in Wonderland’?
The actor who voiced Alice, Kathryn Beaumont, began her career with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Beaumont joined Walt Disney Pictures after relocating to Los Angeles. At the time, Disney was looking for young British actors to voice Alice in the film Alice in Wonderland. Beaumont subsequently got cast as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan in 1953. Beaumont played Alice twice more in Disney’s House of Magic and in Kingdom of Hearts, which also saw her reprising her role as Wendy.
Here’s who voices the supporting characters in ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Ed Wynn first got his start on TV in an ad-libbed spot with NBC alongside Graham McNamee. He ended up starring in Follow The Leader and The Chief. In 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer offered the comedian the titular role in The Wizard Of Oz, which he turned down.
Aside from goofy shows, Wynn proved that he was skilled in dramatic roles with his performances in Requiem For a Heavyweight and Diary of Anne Frank. He ventured into cartoons and animations with Betty in Blunderland and Alice in Wonderland playing the Mad Hatter.
Bill Thompson voiced two characters in Alice in Wonderland. He lent his talents to Walt Disney for the White Rabbit, whom Alice follows into the hole and the Dodo. The 1951 animated film wasn’t Thompson’s only voice work as the actor appeared in Peter Pan voicing Mr. Smee and other pirates. He also voiced King Hubert in Sleeping Beauty and had several roles in Lady And The Tramp, playing five characters.
In relation to Alice in Wonderland, Hallway was the Cheshire Cat that kept giving Alice wicked advice. Sterling Hallway worked extensively with Walt Disney pictures as he voiced several of the company’s animated characters. Disney wanted him to play Sleepy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but ultimately went with another actor instead. Hallway’s most notable voice work was in Dumbo, where he voiced Mr. Stork. He also played the adult Flower in Bambi and voiced Kaa, the snake in 1967’s The Jungle Book.
The Queen of Hearts
Verna Felton thrived in radio work playing characters with no-nonsense attitudes and husky voices. She also has a long list of credits to her name, including voicing Fred Flintstone’s mother-in-law, Aunt Sarah in Lady The Tramp, and the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. She was also the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.
Gerardo Luigi Colonna appeared in 52nd Street, Naughty But Nice, Sis Hopkins, and Road to Singapore before doing voice work on Alice in Wonderland. Colonna’s role in the 1951 film was voicing March Hare.
Alice’s sister Ada
Heather Angel was notably known for voicing Wendy Darling’s mother in Peter Pan. However, two years before her role on Peter Pan, Angel had lent her voice to Alice in Wonderland, playing Alice’s sister Ada.