Hello folks! Welcome to “My Top Ten Disney” where I will be telling you my top ten favorite Disney-related things. (If you ever want to hear any specific subjects, or if you have an idea for me to talk about in this segment, tell me in the comments.) Today, I am going to be talking about under appreciated Disney characters! This is a topic I’m very excited to be talking about, so let’s get started!
When you ask someone what his or her favorite Disney character is, you usually get a popular answer like Elsa, Buzz Lightyear, Mickey, etc. But here, I am going to be talking about some awesome characters that don’t always get the recognition they deserve! Welcome to “My Top Ten Under-Appreciated Disney Characters”.
10. Mushu (Mulan)
Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy) is a little red dragon with a yellow mustache. After getting into a big mess with the ancients, he finds Mulan, and to get his name back, helps her to get into the army. Mushu is really feisty, funny, and is a great friend. He’s like a little ninja! He also has very quotable lines! I remember being younger, and I heard Mushu call Mulan’s horse a cow , and I just thought that was so funny and couldn’t stop laughing!
9. Megara (Hercules)
“Megara. My friends call me Meg. At least they would if I had any.” Meg is independent, sassy and beautiful. She works for Hades but is trying to get out of her time with him faster by helping him get Hercules. Hercules really likes Meg, but she won’t say she’s in love! HA! Puns. Anyway, I really love her; she just screams girl power! I think every girl likes and would like to be a little bit like Meg.
8. Charlotte (Princess and the Frog)
Oh, Charlotte! She’s what we call, a hot mess and boy crazy…often what my friends call me! She is Tiana’s best friend and has always believed in fairytales, wishing on a star and marrying a prince – and she has a plan to do so. When you look for words that describe her, the thing that comes to mind is: extremely glittery! She’s also spoiled at times and has her head in the clouds but always means well. Charlotte is very funny, and I think you’d like her too.
7. Pleekley (Lilo and Stitch)
Lilo and Stitch is one of my favorite Disney movies, and Pleekley is definitely a big part of the movie’s comedic aspect! Pleekley is a one eyed alien and is picked to be Jumba’s assistant in catching Experiment 626. He also has a fascination with mosquitos! There are so many good scenes with him, so watch Lilo and Stitch, and you’ll truly get why he’s so great.
6. Finley (Oz the Great and Powerful)
Finley is Oz’s companion, very loyal and likes bananas – oh, and did I mention he’s a flying monkey? Haha, Finley is brave, loyal, sweet and fuzzy and that’s why I love him! The animation on him is amazing, it looks like a real monkey if you take a quick glance! I love Oz the Great and Powerful a lot actually, and this character really shines in it.
5. Remy (Ratatouille)
Remy is a rat with a passion to cook! But, the rest of his family can’t understand why he’d want to cook fancy homemade meals when he could just take free garbage! After going into a legendary restaurant in Paris and cooking some trouble up, he meets Linguini…a bus boy. He takes him home and guides him into becoming a great chef! I love Remy because the idea of an adorable rat cooking a delicious meal and then teaching a HUMAN to cook is just genius in so many ways. It’s just such a cute movie and also under appreciated.
4. Ichabod Crane (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
Ichabod Crane is the Tarrytown schoolmaster in the legendary 1949 Disney animated feature, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This movie was based off the book by Washington Irving. The reasons are endless why he’s amazing really, starting with the fact that he’s voiced by Bing Crosby. I also love that he really doesn’t speak and his features are very dramatic…He really is a living description of the character in the book. To learn about the real Sleepy Hollow and how it could be incorporated in the WDW parks more, click this link.
3. Vanellope Von Schweetz (Wreck-it-Ralph)
Vanellope Von Schweetz is a 9 year-old girl from the video game Sugar Rush and helps Wreck-it-Ralph on his way to becoming a “Hero”, but she also has her own dreams of becoming the champion race car driver in Sugar Rush. I love Vanellope because she’s sarcastic, caring and just adorable. Just me explaining her character does no justice though, and I don’t want to give too much away about her story, so if you haven’t seen it yet, go watch Wreck- it-Ralph!
2. Art (Monsters University)
I’ve been in love with this character before I even saw the movie… Art (voiced by Charlie Day) is a purple, fuzzy monster. He’s a philosophy major and might be just a little bit more funny and cute than scary! If you’ve seen the movie, you know what a great character he is so you’d probably understand my only complaint – I wish he’d had the slightest more lines, (Just the slightest) only because I love him so much! If you like Art as much as me, you can buy a plush version of him…I have it and his legs are bendable!
1. Oaken (Frozen)
“Yoo-hoo! Big summer blowout!” I’m a nerd – yes I love Oaken! He’s my second favorite Frozen character! Oaken is a very LARGE man and owns “Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna”. When there’s a supply and demand problem, he makes as many deals as possible – even if he is called a crook! Oaken (voiced by Chris Williams, who is actually directing Disney Animation Studio’s Big Hero 6.) only has one scene in the movie, but it’s’ one of my favorites. If you’re a Disney fan, chances are, you’ve definitely seen Frozen more then once. If so, tell me if you like Oaken in the comments!
As Lou Mongello and Tim Foster would say – it’s never just ten; there are always honorable mentions! Let’ see who or what else deserves some recognition.
1. Timon and Pumbaa (The Lion King)
Okay, before we start…I realize that this is a pair here…I had to put both of them because I love them so much!!! I mean, a warthog and a meerkat that are best friends… who couldn’t fall in love with them? Anyway, if you like Timon and Pummba, then watch “Lion King: 1 1/2”! If you don’t like Timon and Pumbaa, then watch “Lion King: 1 1/2”! It’s so funny your stomach hurts from laughing! These bug-loving BFFs definitely deserve to be up here on this list.
2. Wilbur (Meet the Robinsons)
Wilbur is very sarcastic and funny with a dry sense of humor. He comes from the future to take Lewis, a boy with a knack for inventing things, with him to save their destinies! He’s also got wacky hair and is very prone to getting into trouble. I always liked him, and I feel like him and his movie really are very under appreciated so I am honored to put him on the list!
3. Flick (Bug’s Life)
Flick is a very nice, adventurous and very accident-prone ant that doesn’t get much respect. After the stash of food the ant colony had to collect for the grasshoppers is destroyed, (by guess who?) they demand more food…twice the amount! So, to prove he is worth something, Flick goes off on a journey to find other bugs to help them fight back. Flick is so lovable, you can’t help but root for him!
(Character images ©Disney. Photo from author’s personal collection.)
Well that’s it everyone! I hope you enjoyed today’s post, but before you leave, I have a few questions for you!:
Who is YOUR favorite under appreciated Disney character? Did I forget anyone that should’ve been on this list? Agree with any of my favorites? Is there a subject you specifically want to hear me go over in my next “Top Ten”? Tell me all your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to know!
Thanks for listening! Love, Ruby 8:)
Ruby is a twelve year old Disney fan, and she credits her mom with starting her early love of Disney. In addition to her enthusiasm for Disney, Ruby enjoys singing and writing. She will be reviewing Disney-related topics that are of interest to younger Disney fans—and their parents and grandparents!