I saw EW post an article about some of the best sidekicks from all the great Disney Films. So while there are plenty of great main characters out there, here are my top 10 Disney sidekicks of all time.
10. LUMIERE AND COGSWORTH (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST)
Many will say that the Candelabra and Clock from this Disney classic were the stars of this film. Lumiere was the fun, outgoing, and flirty character in contrast to Cogsworth’s uptight nature. Their performance in “Be Our Guest” has to be one of the most iconic movie songs ever.
9. SEBASTIAN (THE LITTLE MERMAID)
Oh Ariel and Sebastian, one of the first love stories I can remember. Too bad most of what I remember from this film is the delightful Sebastian, the always up-beat crab with a Jamaican singing voice. No one can forget two of the greatest movie songs of all-time: “Kiss the Girl” and “under the Sea”.
8. SCRAT (ICE AGE)
A personal favorite of mine, Scrat is a little prehistoric squirrel whose constant pursuit for an acorn has become one of the funniest running movie gags in years. The ‘short films’ about Scrat always provide some great humor and some great intros for all of the films.
7. DORY (FINDING NEMO)
In this adorable film about a fish who has lost his way, Dory, the forgetful yet adorable sidekick is very very memorable. We all loved this film, yet when we look back, we mostly remember Dory. Her memory loss offers some of the best comedic moments and don’t lie to yourself, you have all imitated Dory’s Whale Voice.
6. MATER (CARS)
I was surprised at how much I liked this film about a bunch of cars. While Lightening McQueen was the lead character, the real star of the film was the small-town tow truck named Mater. Voiced by Larry the Cable Guy, this charming, warm hearted, and slightly dumb character won us all over.
5. KRONK (THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE)
In this very underrated Disney film, most of the amazingly subtle and quick humor comes from David Spade and Kronk, the villianess’ henchman. “As voiced by Patrick Warburton, he's chock full of hysterical antics — making his own spy-movie theme music, playing double-dutch with a pair of five-year-olds — but his crowning moment comes when he talks to a squirrel and claims he's ''versed in all the woodland creatures.”
4. DONKEY (SHREK)
Being from one of the more modern films, Donkey is arguably the most well known Disney sidekick of all-time. Eddie Murphy’s hysterical bantor and quick wit offer some of the bets and funniest lines in these great films.
3. IAGO (ALLADIN)
Many people feel Alladin is the one of Disney’s best. Its star and biggest character has to be Jafar’s pet parrot. Voiced by the always funny Gilbert Gottfried, Iago had that remarkably annoying yet addicting voice. The fact that he became ‘good’ in future films makes him all the more loved.
2. MUSHU (MULAN)
Mulan is and forever will be my favorite Disney film of all time (oh other than The Lion King). Eddie Murphy does it again as the wise-cracking Mushu. He provides the serious moments yet has some of the wittiest and best humor Disney has ever seen. What is most amazing about this character is that while the film is in Ancient China, Mushu makes amazingly funny references to pop-culture.
1. TIMON AND PUMBAA (THE LION KING)
It would be hard to argue that these are not the greatest sidekicks of all-time. They are the funniest characters in a movie widely considered the best animated movie ever made. They truly steal the show and with their “Hakuna Matata”, provide the film with everything that makes it so great. Plus, points go to any character that ever farts on film.