After a new Pirates of the Caribbean film has recently added to the franchise, it only makes sense to watch the other films and relive the magic.
The new Pirates of the Caribbean film has received mixed reviews. Some fans, like myself, being over the moon. Some claiming it acted ‘like a sinking ship.’ And some lying somewhere in between. It’s all very intense!
Nevertheless, here’s my opinion on the Pirates of the Caribbean films ranked worst to best.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Plot: when pirate Angelica (Penelope Cruz) finds Caption Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), she forces him to accompany her to Blackbeard’s (Ian McShane) ship. Then, they set out to seek The Fountain of Youth. Meanwhile, Captain Jack’s rival, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), is also seeking The Fountain.
With this film, I feel that with Elizabeth (Kiera Knightly) and Will (Orlando Bloom) not being in it, it slightly lost its magic. The mermaids were amazing, though.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Plot: the new film shows Captain Jack down on his luck, but things get worse when Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) escapes from The Devil’s Triangle. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the Trident of Poseidon.
Even though I loved this movie, I’d be lying if I said I prefered it to the first three films. The first three have all of the loveable, iconic, characters and are so memorable.
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Plot: Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) comes to collect a debt from Captain Jack, so he must a way to avoid his fate.
There was so much action and drama that, while it was enjoyable, it was sometimes hard to keep up with when I was younger. The ending will always destroy me though – poor Jack!
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Plot: Will Turner, Elizabeth Swan and Captain Barbossa join forces to rescue Captain Jack from Davy Jones’ Locker. Meanwhile, the love between Will and Elizabeth continues to grow stronger as they have the most epic and unique wedding.
I love how fun, adventurous, romantic and dramatic this is. The soundtrack fits in so well with it. Plus, the end credit-scene is great ;).
1.Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Plot: when pirates kidnap the governor’s daughter, Elizabeth, who’s in possession of a valuable coin that’s linked to a curse, Will must rescue her. He finds help from an unlikely source; Captain Jack Sparrow. He’s a pirate that has recently arrived at Port without a ship… Or crew.
This is the film that started it all and introduced us to the beautiful pirate, so of course it’d be the best! It’s filled with humour, action, romance, an amazing cast and an unpredictable plot. What more could you want?
Let me know if you agree, and if you don’t, why not?
So, I wrote this for one of my University modules. I had a pretty good mark on it, so I thought I’d upload it;
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of Disney’s most powerful movies out there. It’s now been released for 21 years, and still, hardly anyone praises it. Either they haven’t seen it, or they just don’t agree with the message it’s sending for some reason. Some people don’t want their kids seeing it because of these representations. However, the representations of certain things aren’t bad; they’re actually pretty realistic, moving and, in some ways, educational. Everyone should watch this film at least once in their life, for the inspiration. They don’t know what they’re missing. Here are some reasons as to why this film is so underrated.
I’ll start off with talking about the message it gives, since I’ve technically already started that point. As most people know, this film is about Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer who finds difficulty in being accepted in society. He’s treated differently because his appearance isn’t up to everyone’s standards, which could be something that some people can relate to. It’s still relevant to society today; having tolerance and acceptance towards other people, no matter how different they are. It explores this message with such great, emotional detail and depth that it’s hard to not be moved after watching this. You really start to think about the question, “what makes a monster and what makes a man?” which is given to us by our narrator, Clopin.
“You mistreat this poor boy the same way you mistreat my people. You speak of justice yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help.”
Esmerelda is the first one who actually calls out Judge Claude Frollo for his cruel actions. She truly is Disney’s feminist icon! The gypsy Esmerelda isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in, even if she has to do it on her own, and does it with sass. She’s a strong, female protagonist that knows what equality actually means. Her song “God Help the Outcasts” is deep and completes the film; it shows just how much she cares for other people, by praying for them instead of herself. The juxtaposition between her prayer and other people’s prayers helps prove this. They ask for wealth and beauty, and what does Esmerelda ask for? She wants mercy and help to be given to those mistreated and asks the important question; “I thought we all were children of God?” Like Quasimodo, she has also been mistreated, but doesn’t allow it to make her bitter, or hold it against anyone.
Speaking of Quasimodo, he’s an unconventional protagonist. He defies all conventional standards of beauty but still has a big heart, despite being abused and secluded from society his entire life. Our dear Quasimodo doesn’t dream of being rescued or finding his true love. All he really wants is to become part of the society that he has been watching from the Bell Tower.
Quasimodo has been abused by his “master” Judge Claude Frollo his entire life. He keeps Quasimodo in the Bell Tower, so that he’s kept locked away, where no one else can see. While being kept isolated in the Bell Tower of Notre Dame, Frollo mentally abuses Quasimodo. Frollo is a cruel and terrifying, yet brilliant villain, and is a very good reason alone to watch this movie. He’s a man of power who genuinely doesn’t think he’s doing anything wrong. Like Clopin says, “he saw corruption everywhere except within.” Frollo’s harmless appearance makes him look like everyone else in the movie; this, again, is relevant to our society today because it proves that everyone and anyone is capable of being a villain.
The Bell Tower that Quasimodo is kept in is so beautiful. That, as well as the Cathedral and stained glass windows have so much effort and detail put into it. It’s a shame as to how underappreciated these animations are. There are few films that can live up to the quality of work that this film has. It’s so realistic, that you can see just how dedicated the workers were when doing this. The Cathedral itself is one greatly underappreciated; as well as its appearance, it’s so important to the plot that it may as well be considered a character as well.
Judge Claude Frollo’s ‘villain song’ “Hellfire” is brilliantly juxtaposed with Quasimodo’s beautiful song “Heaven’s Light.” It shows how different their characters and intentions are. While Frollo’s intentions are selfish and are, to him, sinful, Quasimodo’s intentions are innocent and romantic. The other songs and scores featured within the film are just as well-matched to the message, characters and atmosphere. They are catchy and it is clear to see that a lot of dedication has been put into them.
I left this point to last because I thought it would ironically fit here better. And that is because, romance isn’t the end or main goal. With other unconventional features within the movie, this is one of the most important aspects, and is a good message to children. Quasimodo falls for Esmerelda but she ends up with Phoebus. While most characters would be heartbroken and jealous by not being loved in return, Quasimodo is happy for them both. He isn’t bitter and doesn’t try to separate them. Instead, he supports them. Because, for him, finally being accepted in society is more important. He’s so happy to finally be part of them and ‘allowed’ outside. It’s a beautiful and emotional scene. At first, he’s quite shy and uncomfortable about going outside, but Esmerelda helps him. Then, the town’s people start cheering and hugging him, and he starts crying.
It’s hard to not love this movie. It goes into so much depth about so many things, that you simply have to appreciate it. Everything about it is so beautiful, and so I urge you to watch this film now and give it some love!
It’s that time of year! Some people have either had their graduation, are having it, or are preparing for it. It’s an exciting time, so here are some Disney quotes that relate to graduations, to celebrate it!
“I can go the distance” – Hercules, Hercules
“That’s when my life begins” – Rapunzel, Tangled
“And so I’ll know how far I’ll go” – Moana, Moana
“Once a wildcat, always a wildcat” – Troy, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
“The way is clear, the way is good, I have no fear, nor no one should” – Into The Woods cast, Into The Woods
“We’re all in this together” – High School Musical cast, High School Musical
“I want adventure in the great, wide, somewhere” – Belle
The villains of Disney really do give us lessons to learn and truly think about. They make mistakes which cost them. Here are some important lessons to learn from them.
In life, you must always be sarcastic and sassy
Disney villains always provide us with humorous comments which makes them loveable. Even when they’re in a bad situation and something goes wrong, they always make a joke.
Overcome sibling rivalry
Don’t be a Hans. He’s one of the most hated villains because his sibling rivalry led him to try and kill Elsa and Anna, and take over their kingdom.
Don’t take advantage of your power
As soon as it does, either you do something bad and die, or you’ll be shouting “OFF WITH THEIR HEAD!” People want to keep their head. So, to keep your kingdom happy, let people keep their heads.
Confidence, particularly confidence in yourself, is key.
Consent is key
Gaston probably would have avoided all of his disgrace… rejection… and public humiliation, if he hadn’t had arranged a suprise marriage.
Always have a plan B and C
Maleficent didn’t go down without a fight. She had a backup plan for everything the prince and fairies threw at her. She was still defeated, but she didn’t make it easy for them.
Be careful what you wish for
Jafar wished to be a genie and he got it – as well as an itty-bitty living space.
Never send a fool to do your job
If Hades had made Hercules mortal by himself, he would have done the job correctly. But, Fear and Panic messed it up, costing Hades his plans.
Above all, self-control
Self-control is the main thing to look out for. If Sharpay hadn’t had stepped up and carried on with the show, even though Tiara stole her role, she may not have had her chance to help out the drama department the next year. Plus, she would have missed out.
Graduation is just around the corner for many people, my sister included. It can be a nervous day, so why not make it less scary and more excitable by adding Disney to your special day? After all, it’s quite a unique experience. Right now, you may have no idea what to do next; but chill! Just enjoy your day!
Here are some special ways to add a touch of magic to your day…
Recently, decorating your graduation cap has become very popular. You’ve paid for it, so I guess you may as well decorate it as you like.
You could embrace your childhood and go for caps like these;
Or, you could copy some characters. You could go for Sharpay Evan’s fabulous look, from High School Musical 3: Senior Year;
Or, you could copy Patrick’s look from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I know it isn’t Disney, but it’s still a cool style, and he’s a book character – Belle would approve of your bookworm style!
There are so many options!
If you’re not brave enough to decorate your cap, or want to do something more than just that, then Disneybound! It’s another fun, creative thing to do.
You could Disneybound as Sharpay from High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Her graduation look is quite inspiring.
Or, you could go for something more simple. I particularly like this Disneybound idea for Rapunzel;
Add a bow to your outfit!
Bows are the cutest things ever and just scream ‘DISNEY!’ for me! Why not add one to your outfit, somehow? Whether it’s on your cap, your dress, your shirt, your shoes or your bag, it’s still cute. And if you don’t want to add a bow, you could just add a Disney accessory/piece of jewellery!
Disney inspired hairstyle/makeup
Easy pops! Choose your favourite hairstyle and favourite makeup look from whatever character you like, and copy it. Or do something similar.
There isn’t a lot of choice of Disney movies related to graduation, but the few that I know of are worth the watch. There’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Lizzie McGuire: The Movie, and An Extremely Goofy Movie. You could even watch some movies that relate to high school, such as Big Hero 6 and A Goofy Movie!
Have your celebratory drink in your very own Disney mug! Your drink will then be the most magical of all.
Say an unhealthy amount of Disney quotes
This will be an emotional day for some, so lighten the mood by embracing your inner Disney Nerd and slay people with quotes and references.
So, whether it’s your graduation or your friends or relatives; good luck and have fun! And keep your head in the game!
The new film in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales/Salazar’s Revenge, is the perfect way to reboot the franchise. It has the same humour, is slightly nostalgic and has lots of action. I loved every minute of it! So, here are the top five reasons to watch this beauty;
Johnny Depp/Captain Jack Sparrow
The first reason obviously has to be this god! He’s beautiful, funny, sarcastic, care-free, and stylish. No Pirates of the Caribbean film would be complete without this man and his iconic character.
Will Turner and Elizabeth Turner
Although this was kind of obvious, you do see these beloved characters again! And, yes, it is low-key emotional! It was so amazing to see these characters back in the films, even if it was for a short amount of time, because it reminds you of why you loved them.
The Black Pearl
Speaking of seeing old characters, The Black Pearl makes an appearance! I felt like a kid in a toy store when I saw this ship in the movie; you’re instantly reminded of the fuss about this ship. It’s so exciting.
With the new character, Carina Smyth, a slightly wider perspective on the role of women in that day and age is provided. And Carina Smyth is sassy, smart, cute, and fits in perfectly. However, my favourite bit about this character was the misinterpretation of what a “horologist” was; “my mother was a horologist too but she didn’t go shouting about it!”
As always, the adventure and story in the Pirates film is always exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. There’s a lot to focus and think about. With new characters and more information on Captain Jack’s past, everything is fresh and new.
If you haven’t seen the new Pirates film yet, hopefully these reasons will encourage you to see it ASAP!
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One of the things I love about Disney is the origin of the classics. It’s so interesting to see how much they differ from how Disney sells it. Some are so creepy and shocking, that it’s hard to not become intrigued with them. I was going to write and post this for Halloween, but I couldn’t wait – I was so excited to do this when I thought of the idea! Maybe I’ll post some more origins of other Disney movies for Halloween, though.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
In the first full length animated movie from Disney, Snow is driven from her home and is taken in by the seven dwarfs. The Evil Queen finds her, gives her a poisonous apple and Snow is put into a deep, unawakened sleep. But, she soon wakes up after a true loves kiss from her prince and lives happily ever after.
The original, from Grimms Fairy Tales, shows a much darker side to Snow; here, she wants revenge. She invites the queen to her wedding and makes her dance in a hot pair of iron shoes until she falls to her death.
Disney shows us an adorable, loveable puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. In the end, after a lot of struggles, he turns into a real boy.
However, in the original, which is from a novel called, ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’ by Carlo Collodi, we see a much different side to the puppet. He murders Jiminey Cricket and Jipetto goes to jail for negligence. Jipetto was going to sell his coat for Pinocchio to go to school, but Pinocchio gets there first and sells it for theatre tickets. Pinocchio keeps doing mean things until the end, where the story’s fox and cat hang Pinocchio from a tree to die.
Disney’s version of this fairytale has Cinderella and her Prince live happily ever after. The animation has her Step-Mother and Step-Sisters stay in the house and do the chores themselves, while the live-action version has them banished from the kingdom.
However, the original is quite different. From Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Cinderella and her Prince still live happily ever after. But her Step-Sisters have a gruesome ending. When the Prince is looking for ‘The One Who Fits The Shoe,’ one Step-Sister cuts off her toe and the other cuts off her heel to be able to fit the shoe. Also, in this version, there is no Step-Mother; her father is there but simply always sides with her Step-Sisters.
The Fox and The Hound
Within Disney’s version, we see a heartbreaking story of a fox and a hound that simply can’t be friends. After a lot of dramatic events, Tod lives in the forest with Vixey and Copper lives in the cottage with his owner (Chief) and Widow Tweed
Unfortunately, the original – ‘The Fox and The Hound’ by Daniel P. Mannix – is even more heartbreaking. Tod accidentally kills one of Copper’s owners favourite dogs, so Copper’s owner seeks revenge on Tod and so sends Copper after him. Copper chases Tod until Tod dies of exhaustion. Then, Copper’s owner ends up in a nursing home and shoots Copper with a shotgun.
The Little Mermaid
In Disney’s version, Ariel turns into a human and lives happily ever after with Eric.
The Grimm’s Fairy Tale version shows a mermaid that has also always wanted to be a human to get a boy. But, in this version, she also wanted to be a human in order to get in to heaven, because mermaids couldn’t go to heaven. She had the Evil Sea Witch to split her fins, which caused a lot of pain. She was then washed up on shore where the prince found her; but instead of helping her, he laughed at her because she flopped around (kind of like a fish). The deal with The Sea Witch was that if she got the prince to fall in love with her, some of his soul would be breathed into her and she would be able to get into heaven. If she failed, she’d turn into sea-foam. Unfortunately, she did fail but instead of turning in to sea foam, she became a daughter of air, and if she did enough good deeds in life, she’d go into heaven.
So all of these Disney movie origins are pretty sad and creepy. I think The Fox and The Hound is the most heartbreaking out of these because it’s so realistic. Thankfully, Disney didn’t stick to it so much!
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I was just looking through my feed and saw someone do this Disney tag (you can find that post here). It looked like such a fun tag to do, and is something I haven’t done before, so I just had to do it! So, let’s begin.
1 Favourite scene in a princess movie?
This is a tough question, but I think it’d either be the lantern scene in Tangled, the ballroom dance in Beauty and the Beast or the ‘Colours of the Wind’ scene in Pocahontas.
2 Last Disney movie you watched?
3 Is your family Disney obsessed?
My mother and sister are (but not as much as me).
4 How many times have you visited the Parks?
I think I’ve visited Disneyland Paris two or three times, and Walt Disney World Florida once.
5 Which is your favourite park?
6 Cinderella’s Castle or Sleeping Beauty’s Castle?
While I prefer Sleeping Beauty’s Castle because it’s pink, I prefer Cinderella’s Castle for the vibe. So, I guess, maybe, both? Is that allowed?! #
7 Favourite animal-themed movie?
This is a tough question, and it doesn’t help that I sometimes find it hard to choose favourites! I think it’d have to be out of The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Lady and the Tramp and Zootropolis.
8 Would you get married or have your honeymoon in the parks?
YES! I’m not sure if I’d get married in the parks, but I’d definitely have my honeymoon there! Paris is one of the best places to go on honeymoon, so why not go to Disneyland for a day… Or two…. Or more?
9 If you could date one of the characters, who would it be and why?
Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert! He’s so funny, sarcastic and attractive, and he’s such a big softie! Plus, that facial hair!
10 Favourite villain?
My favourite villain often changes between Gaston and Tamatoa.
Gaston, because in the animation and live-action, he’s so funny and sarcastic. He also has an amazing voice.
Tamatoa, because he’s so funny, and sassy. His song is so catchy as well, so how can you not love him?!
11 If you could have two characters from two different movies meet, who would they be and why?
I think I’d have Belle and Rapunzel meet; they’re both quite similar in the way that they both want adventure, they love to read and they’re animal friendly. They’d have the perfect book reading adventure together!
12 Have you ever met any of the characters at the Parks?
I’ve met so many characters when I’ve been, that I can’t remember them all, but I’ve had a photograph and autograph from each one every time! I’m hoping to go again one day to meet the characters that weren’t there when I last went.
13 Favourite live-action Disney movie?
I’m assuming this means from the live-action remakes, so it has to be between Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Both were everything I was hoping for and more! I love them. I’ll have to watch them both again, to make a final decision, though.
14 Mickey or Minnie?
15 Which Disney movie is overrated?
Even though I love this movie and the sentiment I have behind it (I watched it for my 16th), I think Frozen was a bit overrated. There was as much fuss over it as there are over minions!
(I’m so sorry, Frozen and minions, I still love you!)
16 Favourite Pixar movie?
Either Ratatouille Finding Nemo/Dory or The Incredibles!
17 Favourite sidekick?
Right now, it’s Timon and Pumbaa (yes, they do count as one).
18 Favourite Disney movie?
This is the WORST question ever! It’s too hard!
But, right now, my favourites are Tangled, Aladdin, Lilo and Stitch, Ratatouille, High School Musical trilogy, Monsters Inc. Finding Dory, Cinderella, Moana and Beauty and the Beast!
I hope you all liked this post! Yes, I know I’m the worst at deciding my favourite things when it comes to Disney. But hey, what can ya do? Disney is life! So, why not try this tag yourself?
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Not so long ago, I wrote a post about the ways in which Disney promotes animal rights, in general. However, in that post, I didn’t get a chance to include every movie, without making the post too long or too ‘preachy.’ So, this will just be a quick run-down of some Disney films that promote animal rights in some sort of way.
Finding Nemo/ Finding Dory
These two films are great for promoting animal rights, more so the sequel than the original.
In Finding Nemo, we hear great things from the shark meeting. Their motto, ‘I am a shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change my image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food,’ is just priceless.
Then, in the sequel, Finding Dory, the animal rights and animal welfare message is much less subtle. There is a strong ‘anti-SeaWorld’ and anti-animal captivity message. It shows that none of the animals are happy being trapped in ridiculously small cages or being stared and poked at. They want respect, just like we do.
The Little Mermaid/The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea
On the topic of sea life (not sea food), Sebastian literally fights for his life from the chef in both films. He does not want to be eaten and he’s making sure he won’t be!
This classic film shows the harsh reality of the circus life, for animals. It’s cruel, unfair and unjust. Poor Dumbo is bullied, taken away from his mother, forced to jump from an incredibly high ladder. He was even forced to wear humiliating costumes and makeup. All of the circus animals were tortured and terrified.
Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
The whole Tinkerbell movie series is quite underrated. They are all funny, hold an interesting narrative, have quirky characters and they’re cute. But this movie in particular has a strong ‘animal welfare’ narrative.
Fawn, an ‘animal fairy,’ has just found the Neverbeast that is supposed (by legend) to be extremely dangerous. Everyone, apart from Fawn’s friends, including Tinkerbell, want it ‘sorted.’ But, following her heart, Fawn decide to study the animal instead of handing him in, even when it meant risking her own life. And, she was right; the Neverbeast wasn’t anything to be feared. He was just misunderstood.
Pocahontas and Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World
In the first Pocahontas film, Pocahontas teaches John Smith to be more sincere, empathetic and compassionate to animals. In the song ‘Colours of the Wind,’ he points his gun to a bear, and she stops him. She proved that animals are friendly!
In the underrated sequel, Pocahontas goes to London to help settle things. While there, the King invites Pocahontas and John Rolfe (voiced by Billy Zane OMG!) and Ratcliffe arranges a show, involving a bear being tortured, or ‘baited.’ Pocahontas stops this and calls them out by saying, ‘your behaviour is savage. You and your people are the barbarians.’
During this film, Professor Porter and his daughter, Jane, travel to study gorillas. Clayton accompanies them as their security. However, Clayton wanted to kill, kidnap and sell all of the gorillas; he had no compassion for them at all. There’s a reason he’s the bad guy! Tarzan, Jane, Proffessor Porter and the animals don’t let him get away with it.
Everyone knows how sick Cruella DeVil is; wanting to kill innocent animals just for a coat! She does it just to look fashionable. Luckily, the animals know what’s up, and help before it’s too late!
In this visually stunning film, the wildlife was completely disrespected. Bambi’s mother is shot by a hunter, leaving baby Bambi alone, petrified and confused. Then, near the end of the film, they set the forest on fire to lure the animals to a riverbank to become an easier target. It’s fair to say that this movie traumatized all of us, but at least we learnt a good lesson from it; don’t hunt!
The Fox and The Hound
Here’s another movie that probably traumatized us! The start of this movie is very intense. After Tod’s mother is shot by hunters, Tod becomes orphaned, and alone. But it’s not long until he’s taken into a loving home. However, Copper is raised to believe that he’s supposed to hunt. Naturally, these different upbringings would make their friendship difficult.
When O’Malley takes Dutchess and her kittens home, their owner keeps him as part of the family. She could have easily chucked him back out on the streets, but chose compassion instead. She also helps other alley cats, showing that animals who are homeless are just as important as those who do.
Pretty much every Disney Princess film shows compassion towards animals. Yes, some of them may eat animals (*looks at Moana and Merida), but that doesn’t mean they don’t care. After all, Moana did save a little chicken. All of them care and have animal sidekicks.
Throughout this film, Remy’s dad keeps reminding him of the harsh treatment rats get from humans. Even though his dad is just scared for him, Remy ignores him because he wants to follow his dream. Because of this, all of the rats receive love and care at the end of the movie. No one is ‘grossed out’ by rats anymore! How could anyone think rats are gross though? They’re so cute.
The remake of the Disney classic is quite spectacular and beautiful! One of the many things I love about it is how Cinderella actually follows her heart; she has courage and is kind. Basically what I aspire to be like! When Cinderella first meets the prince, he’s out hunting a stag. She stops him, and tells him, ‘just because it’s what’s done, it doesn’t mean it’s what should be done.’ What a beautiful quote! And that basically sums up all of the mistreatment of animals.
Obviously, there are so many more Disney films that help promote animal rights, but that’ll be saved for another time!
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Each and every heroine in any movie needs a sidekick; they wouldn’t be anywhere without them. The sidekicks are also usually the ones who have the best humour and sarcastic comments ever. But, we all know that the animal sidekicks are the best ones Disney has to offer. Here are my favourite animal sidekicks (in no particular order);
Zazu – The Lion King
As a child, I thought Zazu was kind of boring, annoying and too serious – he was always ruining Simba and Nala’s fun and did what he was told. Why didn’t he bend the rules and have some fun? Well, Younger Sharlene, he was doing his job and Simba (and Nala) would probably be dead if he didn’t do so. Plus, Zazu is pretty awesome since he knows It’s a Small World!
Jack The Monkey – Pirates of the Caribbean
Jack The Monkey is the cutest thing ever! He’s also pretty loyal to Captain Barbossa and he rocks that little pirate outfit.
Iago – Aladdin
Even though Iago was a villain in the first Aladdin film, he proved himself to be a better parrot in the other films. He has loyalty, sarcasm, humour and groovy moves which we all love.
Timon and Pumba – The Lion King
Timon and Pumba are probably one of the best Disney sidekicks ever. They taught us the meaning of ‘Hakuna Matata,’ had great banter with each other and are quite an unusual pairing.
Nick Wilde – Zootropolis
Nick is probably my favourite character in this film. Besides from being weirdly ‘attractive,’ he teaches us about prejudice, slight trauma and bullying from a personal point of view. Just like Judy Hopps does. He has such a dramatic character change, that, like Judy, he’s actually quite inspiring. And besides from not wanting to help Judy with the case (at first), he puts a lot of effort in it. Plus, he’s almost like a modern Robin Hood??
Little John – Robin Hood
Speaking of Robin Hood, his best friend, Little John, is awesome. He supports Robin, goes along with his crazy plans… But Robin wouldn’t be anywhere without Little John.
Mushu – Mulan
He’s a sassy dragon!! He’s so cool!
Maximus – Tangled
This cutie puts all of his loyalty as a Palace Horse aside to let Rapunzel enjoy her birthday with Eugene. He then helps Eugene save the day. Impressive!
Sven – Frozen
Like Maximus, Sven helps Kristoff save the day. He makes Kristoff realise he loves Anna and then takes him to her. Sven is also like a little, excited puppy, always playing and having fun.
Thumper – Bambi
When they were little, Thumper let Bambi join in their games and taught him different things, like how to say certain words and how to ice skate. And they’re still friends when they’re older. True friendship!
Pascal – Tangled
For years, Pascal kept Rapunzel kept company. He played games with her, let her dress him up, baked with her, stretched with her. And when she finally took the risk to go outside, he supported her. He even tried to defend her from Gothel by tugging on her dress. Pascal is a true best friend!
Baloo – The Jungle Book
This cute bear taught us The Bare Necessities and had us singing it for years.
Sebastian – The Little Mermaid
Despite causing some problems for Ariel, he truly had her best interest and safety at heart. Sebastian even took on a chef; he’s one tough cookie!
Sgt. Tibbs – 101 Dalmatians
Anyone who can rescue that many puppies is a legend! But, poor Sgt. Tibbs is SO underrated!
Terk – Tarzan
Everyone needs a friend like Terk; he includes Tarzan in things, helps him out, supports him and he has a great taste in music. And like almost every other Disney sidekick, he has the best humour.
Bagheera – The Jungle Book
Throughout the film, Bagheera had Mowgli’s safety at the forefront of his mind. He was determined to keep him safe and sound. Bagheera is such a cutie.
Rutt and Tuke – Brother Bear
Rutt and Tuke’s relationship is so cute and is actually goals! They’re very loyal, humorous and sweet. Everyone needs to have friends like these two!
Jiminy Cricket – Pinocchio
This little cutie is always looking out for Pinocchio. He teaches him (and us) valuable lessons as well as catchy songs. With Jiminy’s help, Pinocchio finds happiness and becomes a real boy.
Gus and Jaq – Cinderella
These two tiny mice help Cinderella a lot. Thanks to Jaq’s idea, they make Cinderella’s dress and they bring Cinderella the key to free her. In the other Cinderella films, they are still there to help her. They’re so loyal! (The ‘At The Ball’ song they say is my personal favourite scene of theirs).
Timothy Q Mouse – Dumbo
Another mouse to add on to the list! Timothy Q Mouse supports Dumbo through his hard life so much. With Dumbo being so young, vulnerable, and shy, he really needed Timothy Q Mouse’s help. And it was definitely appreciated.
Meeko and Flit – Pocahontas
These two put together are classic. They add a lot of fun to the dramatic movie and, without these, Pocahontas would have found her journey a lot more difficult.
Pegagsus – Hercules
Pegasus is a flying horse!! He’s freakin’ amazing!!!
As well as that, Pegasus is also very loyal and smart. Just the type of horse that everyone wants.
Flounder – The Little Mermaid
And, last but not least, is Flounder. Even though he gets scared, he still explores with Ariel, and defends her when she’s in trouble. In the films following The Little Mermaid, he’s just as supportive. He’s the type of friend that everyone needs! Plus, Flounder made a special little cameo in Moana – watch the ‘You’re Welcome’ scene very carefully 😉
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