I'm 24 right now, and they say that at this age people are all grown up already and are supposed to start acting mature... Well, that's not the case over here. I still enjoy watching cartoons and listening to Disney soundtracks when I feel like cheering up. And speaking of Disney, my childhood was all about these cartoons. When I turned 3, dad brought home my very first videotape with The Little Mermaid and Beauty and The Beast on it. And then it started: my huge love for big pretty eyes, colorful landscapes, beautiful stories and ear-catching songs.
But what I've always enjoyed most about Disney cartoons were the weirdos: Those funny, clumsy characters that make every story incredibly cute and lively. And that's exactly what this post is about: my little heroes who mean so much more to me than Disney princesses and their striking outfits. These guys rock! If I ever had a chance to travel "inside" of these cartoons and meet any characters, I would definitely pick these:
Timon and Pumbaa
"Did you find Hakuna Matata?"
These two are inseparable. I can't talk about just Timon or just Pumbaa. It always has to be "Timon and Pumbaa," the saviors and precious friends of my favorite Disney prince, Simba (yeah, I'm not this fond of handsome human beings). Can you even imagine The Lion King without them? Personally, I can't. Have you ever wondered about what would have happened to Simba if they hadn't found him in that desert? The little lion would probably have died from dehydration, and there'd be no king...but not only did they save the day (or better to say — the cartoon), they are also very picky about food. When I was watching their worm and beetle degustation - I had a feeling that it could even taste good and that I wouldn't mind to do it myself. And, of course, their sense of humor is simply WHOA!
"Ariel, listen to me: the human world is a mess."
First of all, it needs to be said that I have a thing for seafood and crabs in particular. But no, I wouldn't want to eat Sebastian. I just would really love to have had a friend like him back when I was 14-years-old. He's the right person (creature?) to try and keep careless young girls like Ariel sane. She never listened to him anyway, but he was always there for her - under the sea and above. Such a little, red and conservative owner of a big kind heart. He's my most favorite weirdo, and I think he's also the most charismatic one. I really wish I could turn into a mermaid for a day or two, and do all those stupid things just to listen to his lectures and hear him singing "Under the Sea."
"Ma chère mademoiselle. It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents... your dinner."
Grace, style, charisma and charms. That's what Lumière is about. Belle was so lucky to have him hosting her at Beast's castle. This gentleman (he sure is one) was doing his best to not only try and make her stay there as pleasant as possible, but he also was a lot of help in the "falling in love" process. He always knows what he's doing and he's very open-minded, too. When it comes to personalities like this one, there should always be someone opposite. Someone like Cogsworth. He's way too serious and strict, but together they make a great alliance. They are a wonderful decoration for this beautiful cartoon.
"The truth is we're both frauds. Your ancestors never sent me, they don't even like me. But you risked your life to help people you love. I risked your life to help myself. At least you had good intentions."
If I were to choose a guardian spirit for myself, it would definitely be Mushu. There're a lot of ambitions and a giant personality hidden in this tiny little dragon. He's also extremely selfish and a virtuoso manipulator. But...he's just exactly the friend Mulan needed. I bet everyone saw this cartoon: despite being funny and dynamic, it's also rather tough. For a girl who's got guts to join the army and pretend to be someone she's not, Mushu is a necessity. Speaking of pretending, that's what they both have in common: he strives to be one of the family guardians again, and it's hard for him to deal with the fact that he's not. But as with most personalities like this, Mushu is such a softie deep down. That's exactly what makes him so adorable to me.
"What are you doing? Meeko!"
This raccoon never speaks, but it doesn't reduce his importance in the Pocahontas cartoon. Just like real life raccoons, Meeko is extremely greedy for food and anything that seems valuable to him. He steals without any guilt. And actually he's the reason Pocahontas turned out to be a cute film to watch. Because without characters like him and Percy (the dog), it would be just a bold confrontation between Native Americans and white people. Each smile I had while watching it belongs to Meeko. I would really love to have such a companion.