Saturday, 18 May 2013

Character Profiling: The White Rabbit

“Oh my fur and whiskers! I'm late, I'm late I'm late!”

~ The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit is a fictional character from the novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Michael Sheen voices the White Rabbit in the 2010 movie and the Disney film.

The White Rabbit is very famous in popular culture for his quote "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!" in the 1951 Disney film. He appears at the very beginning of the book, holding a pocket watch and muttering "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!"


Alice spies him while sitting along a riverbank and follows him down a rabbit hole into Wonderland, While Alice is falling, she sees a shelf with a jar of jam and other things like a jar of marmalade. She catches up with him by Chapter Four, but he mistakes her for his housemaid, Mary Ann, and sends her to his house to fetch his gloves and fan. Upon entering the house, she finds a bottle marked "Drink Me" and grows to a gigantic size after swallowing the contents. Now trapped, Alice is quickly set upon by the Rabbit and a group of other animals who try to force her out of his home. Failing in this, they start throwing rocks at her through the windows. The rocks then change into cakes and, after eating one, Alice shrinks down to a tiny size and flees into the woods.

Alice continues to pursue the Rabbit, however, and the two meet again at the croquet tournament in Chapter Eight. It is here that he's revealed to be a herald of the King and Queen of Hearts.


An early concept art of 2010's White Rabbit.

Another early concept of 2010's White Rabbit.

2010 film

  • The White Rabbit appears in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland movie named Nivens McTwisp, voiced by Michael Sheen.

Other Appearances

  • Bill Thompson voices the Rabbit in the 1951 animated film.
  • In the manga, Are You Alice?, the White Rabbit is posed as a sort of villain, the whole game of the series is to kill him. Unlike other apperences, this form poses him as a human with long, lop-eared rabbit ears and short hair, along with a small top hat and a sword, along with clothing more fit for a guard.
  • In the novel series "In the Looking Glass Wars", he is re-imed as Bibwit Harte, the royal tutor to the Heart family, teaching them everything they have to know to be a good monarch. His name is an anagram of White Rabbit.
  • In the TV miniseries "Alice", the White Rabbit is the name of a secret organization that works for the Queen of Hearts and abducts people from the real world so that they can gamble in the queen's casino. There is also a character named Agent White.
  • In the video game "American McGee's Alice", he appears corpse-like and guides Alice throughout the game. He gets crushed by the Mad Hatter and dies, but is revived after Alice defeats the Red Queen, along with other characters.
  • The White Rabbit appears In Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories . Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy encounter him as they arrive in Wonderland.At the trial, he announces that court is in session, and in both incidences, Alice stands on trial, presided by the Queen of Hearts. In Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, the White Rabbit is encountered by Roxas, and is later seen reporting to the Queen of Hearts about a certain trio of Heartless that the Queen's soldiers are searching for. The White Rabbit's report is a hint that allows Roxas to successfully complete his mission in Wonderland.
  • In Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland game, McTwisp attacks using his watch. His special ability is to Freeze Time allowing him to rejuvenate flowers, repair clocks, and make a Red Knight move backwards back into the heart vortex where it came from. Although it can come back again, it is useful when attacked by several enemies.
  • In the otome game "Heart no Kuni no Alice", he appears as Peter White, a tutor of the Castle of Hearts who kidnaps Alice into Wonderland and falls in love with her. He seems to be very protective and clingy of Alice, often claiming that she's his.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the rabbit himself doesn't appear, but the character Sakon says, "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!" in the game.



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