Once upon a time, around 50,000 years ago, a family known as the Croods lived inside a rocky fire-lighted cave. Grug, the family’s head, was reading his regular bedtime narrative, a new one, in which the bear and the mammoth depicted in the cave slowly started to move and alter, and the family was intrigued; they shouted loudly, dreamed, and soared to glory. And it is what captivates us today in the shape of our favourite animated characters on-screen and our imagination. Here are 15 animated movie characters we all loved.
15 Animated Movie Characters We All Loved
- Baloo – The Jungle Book
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Thumper – Bambi
- Olaf – Frozen
- Genie – Aladdin
- Donkey – Shrek
- Remy – Ratatouille
- Buzz Lightyear – The Toy Story Franchise
- Dug – Up
- Simba – The Lion King
- Woody – The Toy Story Franchise
- Po – Kung Fu Panda
- Dory – Finding Nemo & Finding Dory
- Minions – Despicable Me Minions
Baloo – The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling’s extremely popular collection of stories about a little Indian kid named ‘Mowgli’ growing up in the Indian Jungle amongst animals and nature has been adapted numerous times for its simplicity and morality. When it comes to favourite characters, the author was torn between the formidable Bengal Tiger ‘Shere Khan’ and the sleep-loving brown bear ‘Baloo’, who builds an intimate bond with Mowgli, his tiny human student. This cheery bear is free-spirited, warm, and cheerful, and lives by a simple formula: “Forget your troubles and strife, look for the minimal requirements, and that’s all you’ll ever need.”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
With the first of the Disney princesses we would dream of, Snow White, this timeless masterpiece changed this tale of magic known as animation and its unlimited potential. A handwritten animated film introduces us to the fable of a lovely young princess and how, with the help of her seven dwarf pals, she escapes from her evil stepmother and eventually comes to be loved by her prince charming. Snow White is peaceful, lovely, kind, and hopeful, which charms every person in the realm; however, her noble fortitude through times of adversity makes her an everlasting character that will live on in the memories of anime fans for years.
Thumper – Bambi
Disney’s 5th great series is an awe-inspiring promise of friendship, family, love, and death, told through the eyes of a fawn during the heart-breaking reality of World War II. With the fawn’s mother killed by a hunter named ‘Man,’ Bambi the young fawn learns the art of survival and knowledge to sustain and mature into a mature stag. With some ‘thumping,’ Thumper,’ a pink-nosed rabbit companion turned philosopher and guide for the lonely and sad Bambi, steals the show. If you ever feel down and want to lift your spirits, just watch the moment where Thumper and Bambi embark on their first ice journey, falling and raising and learning at the end.
Olaf – Frozen
This 53rd Disney film marked the return of Classic Disney, which had ruled the animation world for decades. Frozen Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature and the highest-grossing animated film ever – is a masterpiece depicting the life of another fearless princess and her journey to find her estranged sister. During her quest, she discovers the link between herself and Elsa (her sister), the man they created, and the bundle of love that emanates embraces, ‘Olaf’. This magical Snowman is a self-proclaimed love expert with magical abilities, as well as whimsical, goofy, loyal, and ironically summer.
Genie – Aladdin
Through this piece-produced movie, the story of an Arabic folklore fantasy has captivated the popularity and applause of the modern globe. The plot follows Aladdin’s rags to riches journey with his love interest Jasmine and the most magical creature on our list, The Genie, a large-sized blue figure who emerges from a lamp. The three wishes he granted Aladdin, as well as the drama they produce, represent the essence of this love story. The famous Robin Williams and the myriad of inventive voices and animosity he has generated are heavily credited for the Genie’s loveable quotient. As a viewer, one is mesmerized by the intensity and tonnes of funny moments this blue monster passes and will be a fan favourite for a long time.
Donkey – Shrek
An unusual drama about a green monstrous-looking ogre who loves his swamp and despises the exiled fairy tale inhabitants, and how the plot shifts to a princess and her book of secrets. As you’ll note in most of my other characters on this list, the ones who provide support to the primary character are more loved and admired, owing to their importance in the tale and on screen. Eddie Murphy’s eccentric performance as the “Donkey” earned him a BAFTA for best-supporting actor. Shrek, rated as a film with a wonderful supporting cast and a typical lead, is led by the donkey as the unfailingly loyal, quick-witted, and dynamo who steals Shrek’s thunder with an unsurpassed track record of friendship across all the parts.
Remy – Ratatouille
Ratatouille is a well-crafted, deeply entrenched story that deconstructs established cultural assumptions and inspires the spirit of determination to achieve greatness despite all odds. This Academy Award winner delves into the contrasting worlds of a Rat (Remy), his greatest passion ‘Cooking,’ and everything that conspires against his desire to be a great Chef. The interplay of emotions and convincing the audience to cheer, hoot, and clap for Remy’s success as a chef demonstrates the team’s victory. Remy’s universal appeal to human emotions of rejection, failure, and position abuse, as well as his ultimate triumph over society’s evils, makes him one of the most endearing characters of all time.
Buzz Lightyear – The Toy Story Franchise
Every innovative occasion needs to be remembered; in 1995, Pixar Animation released the world’s first computer animated picture, ‘Toy Story’, for the first time. Toy Story, a critically and economically successful franchise with two popular sequels, has reverberated around the world in the shape of toys, merchandising, and theme park attractions. Our eighth most popular character is named after the legendary astronaut ‘Buzz Aldrin’, and he takes the form of an action figure with deluded superpowers. Buzz Lightyear’s amazing transformation from insecure space ranger to cowboy Woody buddy leads us on a memorable emotional and philia adventure with our cherished toys. Buzz’s leadership abilities, anger, and never-say-die attitude make him a fan favourite.
Dug – Up
While watching this stunning animated Academy Award winner from Pixar, indulge in a rollercoaster ride of deep human emotional bondage, promise, love, and adventure. A cranky old guy, a young explorer, a man’s best friend, a bird, and a flying house powered by thousands of colourful balloons ride home the message that you’re never too old for an adventure. The character that instills the spirit of cheer, ‘Dug,’ is an adorable golden retriever who can speak, is lovable, and is the best dog on screen ever. Dug’s unending love, hope, and compassion make him a particularly endearing character.
Simba – The Lion King
In the savage African jungles, the Lion King Mufasa was assassinated for the taste of power by Scar, his brother and close aide who has also induced a mental complex in the heir to bear responsibility for his father’s death. The lion cub ‘Simba’ is inspired by the greatest tragic hero of the literature world, ‘Hamlet’, and the boy has polished each part with such realism that viewers were turned into characters that were so relatable to themselves. A special shout-out to Timon and Pumbaa, Simba’s caregivers and companions, who are absolutely fantastic and beloved worldwide. With his remorse and responsibility, Simba overcomes the most severe mental hurdles in the most inspirational way to save his people and land. Simba’s journey from a playful unhappy youngster to a warrior fighting his uncle Scar to become the Lion King is exciting, which makes him exceptionally remarkable.
Woody – The Toy Story Franchise
Toy Story is the only film featuring two characters on our list of the most popular animated movie characters. This film, the first of its type, transports us to a world of miniatures, a world where Toys are heroes, a world full of life and energy that teaches us about the viewpoint of reality and the relative sentiments that exist. The story takes us through human-like emotions and a connection between two toys who are diametrically opposed in appearance, traits, and nature, one a plain old-school Cowboy and the other a fancy delusional astronaut.
Lightyear, Buzz now in sixth place, Tom Hanks, the nicest guy who always intends good and preaches phrases to his toy buddies, makes Woody a legend and unforgettable with his indelible spectrum of emotions and drama. Woody’s devoted, honourable, and insecure character makes him a co-human character as well as an aspirational figure for many viewers, which may explain why he is so beloved around the world.
Po – Kung Fu Panda
This funny override of human belief and fortune favouring daring invites everyone to believe in their own ability to achieve success simply by being themselves. This DreamWorks film depicts the story of a giant fat panda who serves noodles and his unexpected fortune as the greatest Kung Fu Warrior of the ancient Chinese Peace Valley. The rawness of PO the panda, who has a pure passion for Kung Fu but is rejected because of his appearance and interest in eating, becomes his ultimate strength to defeat the horrible enemy. Jack Black’s gimmicks and humorous features make him a crowd favourite among all age groups. Po has become a symbol of unorthodox heroes in this current era, where authenticity, self-belief, and individuality are the best ingredients for a true leader in every sense.
Dory – Finding Nemo & Finding Dory
Finding Nemo, a 2003 Pixar film, is a magnificent visual masterpiece that follows Marlin, an overprotective clownfish, in his search for his baby Nemo, who gets lost accidentally. And, after a long journey of hopelessness, despair, anxiety, danger, and friendship, Marlin locates Nemo in Sydney Harbour with the assistance of the most lovable travel companion and friend ‘Dory’, a blue tang who wins millions of smiles and laughter through this riot of lost and found at the most marvellous sight of ‘The Great Barrier Reef.’
Minions – Despicable Me Minions
Despicable Me’s minions have gone on to gain a large fan base for their gibber jabber nonsense, high-pitched voices, strange expressions, and wacky exploits. Because of their enormous popularity, Universal has created a full feature film called ‘Minions’ to depict their history and much more. Minions are introduced as yellow single-celled beings who have developed with the sole purpose of serving history’s most evil lords, and we all know the rest. The horde of entertainment, Minions, make sure to light up the scene with their over-the-top emotions and hilarious laughing, ensuring to put a smile on everyone’s face. These little figures, now available as goods, have become a global craze, ranking as the second most lovable animated movie character of all time.
Wall-E is the most engaging picture, challenging the core of each individual’s moral obligation to our world. This video is set several hundred years in the future, where a garbage collection robot is cleaning up the mess left by humans’ consumerism, poor waste management, obesity, capitalism, and disregard for the environment. All of this with a protagonist, Wall-E, who communicates through body language, beeps, geeks, and other oddities. The team did an excellent job in executing such a complicated plot with a single character dominating the screen and little sounds. This robot with a million expressions from the lensed eye and a rusty body that demonstrates how to embrace ‘love and the world is without a doubt the most lovable animated movie character ever.
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