Thursday, May 15, 2014

How Funny Are Disney Bit Characters?

In animated movies and shows, much of the comedy is provided by the bit characters. Those of you who have seen Frozen know what I mean. (Olaf, represent!)

One of the first-ever posts on this blog outlined some of the best bit characters on The Simpsons. Today, let's count down the best minor characters in Disney movies.

Top 10 Disney Bit Characters

10. Iago (Aladdin)
Iago was voiced by Gilbert Gottfried, who possesses one of the most obnoxious voices I've ever heard. When I was in college, we had a Greek Myth professor who sounded just like Gottfried, and we blurted out countless Iago lines throughout the semester.

9. The Hyenas (The Lion King)
My cousins actually named their cat "Ed" after the dumbest hyena. God, I hated Ed the Cat. The last time I checked, Ed was actually still alive. Is that possible? How long do cats live?

8. Dory (Finding Nemo*)
This female fish has a horrible memory, but she proves to be a great friend to little Nemo. Dory is impressively voiced by Ellen the Generous.

*When I just Googled "Was Finding Nemo a Disney movie?", one of the popular searches was "Was Finding Nemo based on a true story?". Wow, humans are stupid. 

7. Kaa (The Jungle Book)
According to the Disney Wiki, the always-hungry Kaa was actually created as a parody of Wile E. Coyote. I hope that pointless fact replaces something more valuable in your brain.

6. Scuttle (The Little Mermaid)
I still call my fork a "dinglehopper" on occasion, and Scuttle is solely responsible for that.

5. Lampwick (Pinnochio)
"Lampy" is in his early teens when he befriends Pinnochio and takes him for a night of drinking, smoking, gambling, and vandalizing Pleasure Island.

"Bein' bad's a lotta fun." Pinnochio was the spiritual predecessor to the "Hoodrat stuff" kid on YouTube. Can you imagine that scene in a children's movie now? Kids wouldn't be so soft, that's for sure.

3-4. Jaq and Gus (Cinderella)

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For a mouse, Jaq really has a big set of cojones. He stands up to the cat, who is appropriately named Lucifer. Gus, meanwhile, is a lovable fatass who's always defending "Cinderelly." These two mice are also prominently involved in a solid Disney number.

2. Mr. Smee (Peter Pan)

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Smee is a horrible pirate, cowardly and bumbling. Still, his mindless loyalty to Hook sometimes outweighs his cowardice, allowing him to save his cap'n. Smee is memorable in the live-action Hook because this guy looks so much like the cartoon Smee that Disney created.

1. Timon and Pumbaa (The Lion King)
In the beginning and end of The Lion King, the Simba-Nala and Simba-Scar storylines dominate the plot. However, in the middle of the film, the skinny meerkat and overweight warthog absolutely steal the show. Timon and Pumbaa were such popular bit characters that they even spawned their own TV series.

It ain't over 'til the proverbial fat lady sings, but we'll let a fat warthog wrap things up:

If any of you are Disney junkies, we've previously written about the best animated villains, Disney songs, and Disney songs again. There are also a bunch of posts that are at least tangentially-related to Disney, if you want to scour our archives.

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