This week over at Heidi’s Head for Destination Disney, Heidi asked us to share our top nine Disney Characters. Seriously, just nine? As I started to rack my brain to decide which would be absolute favorites I realized that I adore many supporting characters. Therefore, this list is my tribute to all of those fantastic characters that did not get a starring role from Disney but hold a place in my heart nonetheless in animated films or television shows.
Mama Odie from The Princess and the Frog
I know Mama Odie wouldn’t even make into most people’s top nine Disney Characters but I LOVE her. She reminds me so much of my grandmother her passed away in 2001. The scenes in the movie with Mama Odie are some of favorites because for a few minutes I am reminded of how amazing my granny’s personality was and how much I miss her.
Thumper from Bambi
I’m not going to lie, Bambi freaked me out when I was a kid and I still don’t really care to watch it. Though I suppose that is the expected reaction if you are a child growing up in a family that is a part of the annual deer hunting culture and suddenly have a film tugging at your heartstrings for the poor little deer. With that being said, Thumper was always one of my favorites and probably the only reason that I watched the movie more than once as a kid.
Gus from Cinderella
Good old Gus Gus. He was frumpy and often confused but somehow he still managed to maintain a role in helping Cinderella find her happily ever after. I can’t imagine the original Cinderella without him.
Baloo the Bear from The Jungle Book and Tale Spin
While Baloo had a strong supporting role in The Jungle Book and Tale Spin, he was never the main character but how could you not fall in love with that big cuddly goofy bear. The hubs and I were actually talking about some of favorite old Disney TV shows not long ago and Tale Spin was one that we wish they would air again for our children’s generation.
Rafiki from The Lion King
It may be my demented sense of humor, but the moment when Rafiki bops Simba over the head trying to knock some sense into him was great. Actually, that full scene with Rafiki waking Simba up to his responsibilities was just awesome.
Genie from Aladdin
It may not have been his love story, but with Robin Williams voicing the role of the Genie from Aladdin, you could not help but love him. He will always be one of my favorites and is one of kids’ favorites too.
Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland
You must have known that the Mad Hatter would appeal to my oddness and make it on my list. Always one of my favorites and if I wasn’t making a list of my favorite animated characters, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter would be second on my list not seventh.
Terk from Tarzan
Terk is awesome! It is nice to see a “tomboy” female character from Disney, breaking away from the girly girl fluff. My little Tomboy, Ema especially loves Tarzan and I think this is one of the reasons why.
Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast
The elegance Angela Lansbury put into the voice of character that was a teapot always amazed me. She may have been an enchanted inanimate object, but Mrs. Potts was so warm and loving and could easily make you smile.