He is in charge of handling the Caucus Race, an event in which everyone runs at an equal pace and in a circle in an attempt to get dry. He plays a much larger role than in the book. He is a mixture between the Dodo and Pat the Gardener.
Dodo is first seen as Alice is floating on the sea in a bottle. Dodo is seen singing while riding an upside down toucan as a boat and being propelled forth by a flying hawk from behind, but when Alice asks him for help, he does not notice her. On shore, Dodo is seen on a rock, organizing a caucus race. This race involves running around until one gets dry, but the attempts are hampered by incoming waves.
Dodo is later summoned by the White Rabbit, when the rabbit believes a monster, actually Alice having magically grown to a giant size, is inside his home. Dodo brings Bill the Lizard and attempts to get him to go down the chimney. Bill refuses at first, but Dodo is able to convince him otherwise. However, the soot causes Alice to sneeze, sending Bill high up into the sky. Dodo then decides to burn the house down, much to the chagrin of the White Rabbit. He begins gathering wood, such as the furniture, for this purpose. However, Alice is soon able to return to a smaller size and exit the house.
The White Rabbit soon leaves, while Dodo asks for matches, not realizing that the situation has been resolved. He then asks Alice for a match, but when she doesn't have any, Dodo complains about the lack of cooperation and uses his pipe to light the fire.
Near the end of the film, the Dodo was seen conducting another caucus race. In addition to Alice (who was chased by the Queen of Hearts and her card soldiers), the toucan, and the hawk; the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, King of Hearts, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Walrus and the Carpenter, 6 of the Curious Oysters, and an army of card soldiers were part of the race.
The Dodo is seen in many Disney comics of the Mickey Mouse universe. In a story, he meets Grandma Duck. In another, entitled Unbirthday party with Alice in Wonderland, Alice comes back to Wonderland in going throw her looking glass and meets the Dodo a second time. In The White Rabbit and the Magic Watch, the White Rabbit meets during a race various Wonderland characters, including the Dodo. In A Day in Wonderland, part of the frame story Uncle Scrooge goes to Disneyland, Alice invites Daisy Duck to see the Wonderland, and she meets various Wonderlander characters, including the Dodo. In the Brazilian story No País Das Maravilhas, the Red Bat (Fethry Duck's superhero identity) goes to Wonderland to catch a thief who took refuge there, and meet the Dodo and other Wonderland characters. In Dangerous diggings, Mickey's nephews dig a tunnel to Wonderland and meet various Wonderland characters, including the Dodo. The Brazilian remake of this story, Natal Muito Doido, with the Beagle Boys taking the place of the nephews, doesn't contain the Dodo.
The Dodo appears as the second boss in this Nintendo game, but only in the Japanese version. In the American release, he is replaced by Tick-Tock the Crocodile.
Dodo makes a cameo appearance during the opening theme, alongside Bill the Lizard.