Alice's older sister is a minor character in Disney's 1951 animated feature film Alice in Wonderland.
She is a very practical, no-nonsense and beautiful young woman and wishes for Alice to be the same way. She is similar in personality (and facial design) to how Mary Poppins would look in animated form.
In some Little Golden Books and the Broadway Jr. Show Alice in Wonderland Jr., her name is Mathilda.
Role in the film
In the film, she is first introduced reading Alice's history lesson in the park near the river bank. Halfway through, she notices Alice's lack of attention. Alice tells her that there is simply no need for a book without pictures, but her sister returns that there are a great deal of books without any pictures. She did appear to express a mild amusement at Alice's musings of her own world that had books with only pictures. Alice then sneaks away from her and follows the White Rabbit, thus beginning her adventure. She is not seen until the end of the film when she wakes Alice from her dream of Wonderland. At first, she is disappointed at Alice for dozing off and dreaming up such nonsense, but she is able to accept her little sister's wild imagination. They, along with Dinah, then head home for tea.
Alice in Wonderland
- [reading from a history book] "... leaders, and had been of late much accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the Earls of Mercia and Northumbria, declared for him: and even Stigand... Alice."
- "And even Stigand, the archbishop of Canterbury, agreed to meet with William and offer him the crown. William's conduct at first was moderate."
- "Alice. Will you kindly pay attention to your history lesson?"
- "My dear child, there are a great many good books in this world without pictures.
- "Your world? Huh! What nonsense."
- "Once more, from the beginning."
- "Alice... Alice... will you kindly pay attention and recite your lesson?"
- "Alice, what are you talking about?"
- "Caterpillar? Oh, for goodness sakes. Alice, I... Oh, well. Come along, it's time for tea."