Time for the second part of my take on the Disney Animated Canon. But first I’d like to take a little detour and discuss my ten favorite Disney heroes. Just the fellows today, tomorrow I will have my list of heroines. So I’m going to list the characters, the movie they are from and a quick little bit about why I like them.
10: Milo Atlantis The Lost Empire He is a different sort of hero, a man who gets by with his brains rather than brawn. Plus, Michael J Fox voices him perfectly.
9: Prince Philip Sleeping Beauty I’ll be honest, he’s mostly on here for that fight with Dragon Maleficent. That scene is great.
8: Basil The Great Mouse Detective Yes, he’s just Sherlock Holmes as a mouse, but Sherlock Holmes is awesome.
7: Wart The Sword in the Stone He is mostly just learning at the feet of Merlin, but there is something completely endearing about his unending eagerness.
6: Tarzan Tarzan He wrestles a leopard. Do I need to say more?
5: Robin Hood Robin Hood He is possibly the best take on this character to ever appear in a film, apologies to Errol Flynn and Cary Elwes.
4: Ralph Wreck it Ralph His search for recognition and how to be a hero is one of the best arcs in a Disney film.
3: Hercules Hercules He is the greatest hero ever created. Disney’s version is pretty great.
2: Simba The Lion King Cat Hamlet’s journey from a somewhat selfish kid to a worthy king is a good one.
1: Aladdin Aladdin He’s really just the best. He’s as dashing as Robin Hood, but with a better character arc. He’s charming and easy to root for, but also flawed. Just a great character.
This list skews heavily to established heroes that have a Disney version. I guess Disney does better with villains than it does with heroes. Actually, many of their character’s share the protagonist role and kind of get lost in the ensemble. Some, like Beast, are good characters to watch but not really good people. He’s not the protagonist and he’s definitely not a hero.
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