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Cheshire Cat
Background information
Feature films Alice in Wonderland
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Mickey's House of Villains
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Flubber (cameo)
Short films Electric Holiday
Television programs Adventures in Wonderland
House of Mouse
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Video games Mickey Mousecapade
Alice in Wonderland
Disney's Villains' Revenge
Kingdom Hearts series
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Disney Magical World
Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition (townsperson)
Park attractions Alice in Wonderland
World of Color
Alice's Curious Labyrinth
Celebrate the Magic
Main Street Electrical Parade
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Ward Kimball
John Lounsbery
Eric Larson
Frank Thomas
Voice Sterling Holloway (original)
Tony Pope (Disneyland attraction)
Jim Cummings (2004–present)
Keith David (Once Upon A Time in Wonderland)
Performance model
Inspiration The Cheshire Cat from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Mysterious, mischievous, silly, comical, cunning, sneaky, insane, unpredictable
Appearance Obese purple cat, pink stripes, large grin, yellow eyeballs, small ears, small black claws
Alignment Neutral
Home Wonderland
Allies Alice (to a degree)
Enemies The Queen of Hearts, The King of Hearts, Card Soldiers
Likes Tricking people (especially Alice), giving Alice some very good advice, showcasing his abilities, standing on his head
Dislikes Seeing Alice upset (unless he "playfully" caused it)
Powers and abilities Invisibility, shapeshifting, transportation, metamorphosis
Fate Ceases to exist when Alice wakes up, as it was all just a dream.
Quote "Most everyone's mad here."
You may have noticed that I'm not all there myself.
―Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat is a mysterious pink and purple striped cat with a devious, mischievous personality in the 1951 Disney animated feature film Alice in Wonderland. He was voiced by Sterling Holloway in the original film.


The Cheshire Cat has a permanent smile on his face and can disappear at will. The cat is a very odd being able to reshape his body to either amuse or frighten his visitors. He's very mysterious, and in his own way, very dark. Like all members of Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat is mad, but unlike the others, he admits it with pride. All of Wonderland's inhabitants appear to hold a fear over the Cheshire Cat, even the Queen of Hearts, most likely due to the fact that he is the maddest and craziest of them all, or it could be due to his unique abilities.

His true nature in the film is highly questionable, but above all, he appears to be a completely neutral character. In many instances, he's the only being in Wonderland to show kindness and sympathy towards Alice, giving her advice on which path to take during her journey, practically acting as her wise guide to the point where she's overly joyous to see him once he returns. However, as seen during the meeting with the Queen of Hearts, the cat has a cruel sense of humor, constantly causing mishaps to purposely have the Queen's dangerous temper target Alice. This behavior carries out up into the climax, though it can be slimly argued that he caused the Queen's temper to violently erupt for the last time to assist Alice in getting home, as the climactic chase throughout Wonderland eventually leads to her awakening, as it was all just a dream, which would mean he knows everything that is happening around Alice and possibly what's going to happen ahead of time.


Alice in Wonderland


The Cheshire Cat sings "'Twas Brillig".

After a gamete of nonsensical events in a pursuit of the White Rabbit, Alice enters the Tulgey Woods. There, the Cheshire Cat arrives offering her help with directions. She tries to receive practical answers, but the cat continues to goof off by asking random questions, and continually showcasing his abilities. After a while, he advises her to seek answers from the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Alice, not wanting to associate with mad people, denies the advice, but the cat claims that everyone in Wonderland is mad, including himself. He then slowly fades away into thin air, laughing and singing in the process.

Later on, Alice finds the trail of the White Rabbit once again, and begins to pursue him once more. She is lost again, but this time, all hope seems lost. She breaks down in tears, just when the Cheshire Cat arrives. Delighted to see him, Alice claims that she's no longer looking for rabbits, and wants to find her way home. However, Cheshire Cat explains that in Wonderland, she has no way, and that all ways there are the queen's ways. Confused, Alice informs him that she knows nothing about the queen, so Cheshire reveals a secret passage way to her card-inhabited kingdom.

During a croquet game with the Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat arrives and continuously gets Alice into trouble with her majesty. At one point, Cheshire Cat causes the queen to flip over, revealing her bloomers. Out of utter embarrassment, the Queen puts Alice on trial. With the witnesses being the Mad Hater, March Hare, and the Doormouse, the trial gets nowhere. Soon enough, the Queen of Hearts sentences Alice with death by beheading, until she finds more mushrooms in her pocket, which causes her to grow to a gigantic size. She then takes advantage of the opportunity and insults the queen, but she shrinks down to her normal size once again. The Cheshire Cat appears once more, repeating Alice's insults which causes the Queen to lose her temper, and this leads to the climactic chase.

House of Mouse

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Cheshire Cat in House of Mouse.

The Cheshire Cat has numerous non-speaking appearances in House of Mouse. The Cheshire Cat also appears in Mickey's House of Villains, but wasn't a part of the villains that take over the club. This clearly means that in the film, the Cheshire Cat wasn't one of the villains.

In "The Stolen Cartoons", when Donald Duck proved to be a terrible host, Cheshire Cat vanished from the club. In "Big Bad Wolf Daddy", the Cheshire Cat was blown away leaving only his grin behind during the wolf's performance. In "Ask Von Drake", he was seen atop the Queen of Hearts' crown during The Ludwig Von Drake Song. In "Unplugged Club", when Pete took out the club's battery, only the Cheshire Cat's eyes and grin showed in the darkness. In "Super Goof", the Cheshire Cat could be seen atop the March Hare's chair with the Mad Hatter pouring tea on the Hare. In various episodes such as "Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation", he could be seen clapping in a crowd with other characters when a cartoon has ended.

Other productions

The Cheshire Cat can be briefly spotted during the final scene of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His tail and also half of his face and body can be briefly seen during the final shot.

In the animated short Electric Holiday, Cheshire Cat was one of the many Disney character guests to attend Minnie Mouse's fashion show.

Live-action appearances

Adventures in Wonderland

The Cheshire Cat was a supporting character in the 1995 series. The Cat loves to play all manner of practical jokes on the Wonderlanders, but even he occasionally performs some act of kindness.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

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The Cheshire Cat in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

The Cheshire Cat is a recurring character in the TV show Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, voiced by Keith David.

Originally a friend of Alice, the Cat appears many years later when Alice returns to Wonderland, now wild, ferocious and apparently loyal to The Red Queen, in addition to being a cat of a monstrous size.

Cheshire encounters his "old friend" in Tulgey Wood and attempts to eat her due to a lack of food within the woods. However, he is distracted by the Knave of Hearts and accidentally swallows a mushroom, causing him to shrink to the size of a house cat, prompting him to flee.

Video game appearances

Disney's Villains' Revenge

In the Alice in Wonderland stage, the grin of the Cheshire Cat appears in the maze as the player seeks out Alice's missing head.

Kingdom Hearts series

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The Cheshire Cat appears in several games of the Kingdom Hearts series, although most of them are minor as they take place in his world, Wonderland. However, in Kingdom Hearts, his intentions appear to be ambiguous as he appears as either an ally or an enemy; he helps Sora during his visit to Wonderland, but also summons Heartless against the group, although it appears he simply wants to test Sora towards these obstacles.

Other appearances of the Cheshire Cat also occurred in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

In the HD re-release of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, Cheshire Cat played his first speaking role, assisting Sora in recovering Alice's memories, which went missing due to the digital world of Wonderland becoming corrupt at the hands of a bug infection.

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

The Cheshire Cat briefly appears during the Alice in Wonderland mini-game during the player's free fall down the rabbit hole.

Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

In the game, the Cheshire Cat is one of the many Disney characters kidnapped and taken to the Wasteland world of illusion, where an evil witch named Mizrabel plans to steal the essence of famous Disney characters to gain access to their world and dominating it. After Alice (who was also kidnaped) is rescued, she gives Mickey Mouse (the hero of the story) the quest to find the Mad Hatter and Cheshire.

Disney Parks


The Cheshire Cat posing for a photo at Disneyland Paris.

The Cheshire Cat is usually seen only in parades in the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. In the past, he had appeared as a walk-around character as well.

In 2013, as part or the Disney Dreamers Everywhere! events, Cheshire Cat returned as a meet-and-greet character at Disneyland Paris.

Alice in Wonderland

Cheshire Cat appears in audio-animatronic form in the dark ride based off the film in the Tulgey Wood scene.

He also appeared in the ride's finale as a giant head just before the Mad Tea Party scene, but was removed from that scene during the ride's 2014 refurbishment.

Disney's Electrical Parade

Cheshire Cat appears in the popular parades. In the parade Cheshire Cat appears with Alice on his back. During the parade Cheshire Cat demonstrates his powers by continuously disappearing leaving only his mouth, eyes and nose in sight.


Cheshire Cat appears in the bubble montage in the live show at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

World of Color

Cheshire Cat appears in the new nighttime spectacular in Disney's California Adventure park in the Disneyland Resort. Cheshire Cat appears at the very end of the show during its finale. In the show Cheshire Cat's face is seen in the water while the rest of his body is made completely of water.


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  • Cheshire Cat was used as inspiration for the character Chaos in the Aladdin TV series as well as the talking zebra in Phineas and Ferb.
  • Despite being a generally neutral character, the Cheshire Cat is apparently considered a villain by the Walt Disney Company, as evidenced by his inclusion in Disney Villains merchandise. 
  • The Cheshire Cat is the third Disney character originally voiced by Sterling Holloway and taken over by Jim Cummings. The first two are Winnie-the-Pooh and Kaa.
  • When Alice first hears the Cheshire Cat, he is singing the first and last stanza of the poem "Jabberwocky".
  • Originally, the Cheshire Cat was supposed to sing a song called "I'm Odd" but was later replaced with "Twas Brillig". For the Alice in Wonderland: Special Edition DVD it was remastered and sung by Jim Cummings as the Cheshire Cat.
  • In Epic Mickey, he was going to appear in the game at the level "Wonderland". But he and the level was scrapped in the final, because Warren Spector didn't want his game to confuse people who haven't seen the 1951 version.
  • In Cinderella, Lucifer appears to share some similar physical properties with the Cheshire Cat: they both are rather fat in appearance, they both have a rather large grin at most points, and both have rather sharp claws. However, while Lucifer is evil, doesn't talk, and has black fur and cat fangs, the Cheshire Cat is more neutral and sometimes good, has the ability to talk, and has pink-and-purple striped fur and regular molars. It can be explained probably because the two films were produced next to each other (1950 and 1951).

External links


Media: Alice in Wonderland | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | Bonkers | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded | Alice no Paint Adventure | Disney Infinity

Characters: Alice | Dinah | Alice's sister | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Dormouse | White Rabbit | Cheshire Cat | The Doorknob | Dodo | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Curious Oysters | Bill the Lizard | Bread-And-Butterflies | Rose and the flowers | Rocking-horsefly | Caterpillar | Mother bird | Card Soldiers | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Flamingos | Hedgehogs | Hammer and Pencil Birds | Tulgey Wood Animals

Locations: Wonderland | Rabbit Hole | White Rabbit's house | Shoreline | Tulgey Wood

Songs: Alice in Wonderland | I'm Late | In a World of My Own | Sailor's Hornpipe | The Caucus Race | How Do You Do and Shake Hands | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Old Father William | All in the Golden Afternoon | The Unbirthday Song | Very Good Advice | Painting the Roses Red | The Caucus Race (Reprise) | Dodgsonland | Ocean of Tears | Simon Says | Whooooo Are Youuuuu?

Deleted Songs: Beyond the Laughing Sky | Beautiful Soup | Beware the Jabberwock | I'm Odd

Disney Parks: Alice in Wonderland | Mad Tea Party | Alice's Curious Labyrinth

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