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The Hatter with the Dormouse asleep on the left. Illustration by John Tenniel.
|First appearance||Alice's Adventures in Wonderland|
|Created by||Lewis Carroll|
|Significant other(s)||The Hatter
The Dormouse is always falling asleep during the scene, waking up every so often, for example to say:
`You might just as well say,' added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, `that "I breathe when I sleep" is the same thing as "I sleep when I breathe"!'
He later appears, equally sleepy, at the Knave of Hearts' trial and voices resentment at Alice for growing, and his last interaction with any character is his being "suppressed" (amongst other things) by the Queen for shouting out that tarts are made of treacle.
|First appearance||Alice in Wonderland (1951)|
|Created by||Lewis Carroll|
|Voiced by||Jimmy MacDonald|
|Occupation||Mad tea party entertainer|
The character also appears in Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Like in the book, he is sleepy and lazy, but unlike in the book, he sings Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat instead of telling his story about mouse sisters to entertain the tea-party participants. He panics at the mention of the word "cat", much like The Mouse from the book, and needs to have jam spread on his nose in order to calm down. The Disney version of the character also appears in House of Mouse and Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse.
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland version
|Mallymkun, The Dormouse|
|First appearance||Alice in Wonderland (2010)|
|Created by||Lewis Carroll & Tim Burton|
|Voiced by||Barbara Windsor|
In Tim Burton's 2010 Alice in Wonderland film, the Dormouse is named Mallymkun. Unlike the sleepy character in the book, this Dormouse is an action-oriented swordswoman similar to the character Reepicheep from The Chronicles of Narnia. She is voiced by Barbara Windsor. She is initially seen with the group Alice first meets in Wonderland, and saving Alice from the Bandersnatch by plucking out its eye. She is seen a second time at the March Hare's tea party having tea with the March Hare and the Hatter. She is seen a third time rescuing the Hatter from the Red Queen. She is seen a fourth time at the end, fighting the Red Queen's forces.
In other media
- The Dormouse is played by Arte Johnson in the 1985 television film Alice in Wonderland. When he initially shows lack of movement at the mad tea party, Alice mistakes him for a stuffed animal. The Dormouse then quickly objects to Alice's statements.
- The Dormouse appears in the live-action TV series Adventures in Wonderland, and is voiced by John Lovelady. He isn't sleepy, and is often seen popping out of his tea pot or other things. In one episode, he is the announcer of a sprinting event.
- The Dormouse appears in Dreamchild performed by Karen Prell and voiced by Julie Walters.
- Pandora Hearts in the anime and manga series Dormouse is a chain that puts people to sleep and Vincent Nightray is its contractor.
- The Dormouse makes an appearance in the video game American McGee's Alice, where he and the March Hare are held captive as the Mad Hatter's experimental subjects. He is tied to a dissection table and continues to fall asleep from the Hatter's medicines.
- The Dormouse appears again in the 2011 sequel Alice: Madness Returns, where he and the March Hare capture a part of the Mad Hatter as revenge for the events in American McGee's Alice.
- Black Butler, in the ova Ciel in Wonderland, Ronald Knox is the dormouse.
- In the SyFy TV Miniseries Alice, the Dormouse is a sidekick of the Hatter.
- Mallymkun the Dormouse appears as a playable character in the video game adaptation of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
- The Dormouse appears as a member of the Mad T Party band at Disneyland's California Adventure Park. In the Mad T Party he is interpreted as a male rather than the 2010 film's female Mallymkun, who he is based on. He plays lead guitar and often scurries around with the March Hare on stage.
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The Dormouse is referenced in popular culture by two American rock bands: Firstly by Jefferson Airplane in the song "White Rabbit", in which the last line of the song, repeated twice and building through a crescendo is "Remember what the dormouse said: feed your head, feed your head". From this lyric, John Markoff derived the title of his 2005 book, What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry. Secondly by the progressive metal band Queensrÿche in the song "Right Side of My Mind": "Re-engineer your head is really what the dormouse said". The vocal part of the original song by Jefferson Airplane has also been used in German Techno DJ Paul Kalkbrenner's Feed Your Head.
- Carroll ,Lewis "Chapter VII — A Mad Tea-Party" in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. classicallibrary.org
- Boucher, Geoff (February 14, 2010). "Tim Burton says Alice has "a national treasure" in Barbara Windsor". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Archived from the original on November 15, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
- "Alice in Wonderland – Glossary of Terms/Script (early draft)" (PDF). Walt Disney Pictures. JoBlo.com. Archived from the original on November 15, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010. early draft of the film script, first started February 2007
- "Entertainment - Disneyland Resort". go.com.
- Markoff, John (2005). What the Dormouse Said. New York: Viking. p. vii.