There are so many fantastic, inspiring, beautiful characters throughout the Disney animated canon including those who you may not think of at first. So, today, I wanted to share 5 of those characters who inspire me personally. I hope you enjoy!
Different, picked on and a scared baby taken away from his mother, Dumbo is destined to a life of sadness until he takes his friend Timothy Mouse's advice, ''The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.'' Although Dumbo has no lines in his movie, he can be seen to be a very optimistic, sweet and generally innocent who loves and wants his mother. Just like me :)
People are obsessed with 'strong independent woman' and girls having careers etc but they don't realize that some woman actually want to clean, cook and look after people. Snow White inspires me not only because of the homemaker aspect but also because of her caring nature on a whole. She looks after her 7 little men as well as all of the wildlife, and I don't see why being like that shouldn't be celebrated.
A rat who wants to be a chef is crazy enough, but one who makes his dream a reality? Even better. I just love his attitude and personality compared to his family and the fact that he does what he wants with his life even if it is unconventional. He's an absolute dude and should make people think twice about calling rats 'vermin'.
It seems people forget Nani, the older sister of Lilo (Lilo and Stitch) and the fact that at 19 she lost her parents and had to become the guardian of her 6-year-old sister. How hard it must be to lose your parents at such a young age but to have to grow up and mature even more to look after a small child while still working to pay bills is bound to be extremely difficult. Despite it all she is an amazing 'parent' and I think that in itself is explaination enough for the inspiration.
Just because he 'plays a bad guy', doesn't mean he is one and he goes to lengths to prove it! It shows that not everyone is what they appear to be on the outside and a tough exterior can house a well-meaning, selfless demeanor. I may not be a big scary looking body builder or anything but I can relate to Ralph with my bouts of 'rage' while being a generally a good-natured, kind person too!
There are so many more that could easily make this list, at least in my eyes, but I'll save those for another post! I actually asked some of you guys on my Facebook page (ahem, you should join our family over there ;P) which more obscure/non-lead characters you thought to be most inspiring and here are those answers -
Rachel of A Double Jointed Girl and Her Dog - ''Basil the mouse detective cause even though he's little and people think he's mad he never gives up. I also really love Gurgi from The Black Cauldron as he shows that even though people may not love him he will do anything for the ones he loves''
Fiona of Wishes, Hopes & Dreams - ''I love Megara. She may have been helping Hades but was doing what she needed to in order to keep going.''
Meghan of Got Meghan's Blog - ''Mine is weird, but Tarzan. I was never inspired by The Little Mermaid because in a way it just kind of irritated me that with a little magic Ariel can walk on land with her feet... Tarzan still had his feet but he adapted to his surroundings, the jungle and who he was around. When I was kid, I knew I was different but I treated myself like I was everybody else. It wasn't a big deal until I became a teenager!''
AJ of Love and Other Awesome Stuff - ''Tiana probably. I mean girl started her own business, as a black woman in the 20s (a time when women of colour weren't really respected). That's pretty inspirational.''
Natasha of The Happy Larkspur- ''My mind went straight to Quasimodo - he's one of my favourite characters and he doesn't let the crimes and cruelty of the world or what's been done to him change his good nature and his joy for life, and the way he defends Esmeralda, treasures his friendships and finally stands up to Frollo always gets me. If I could ever be as brave as he was, I'll be happy!''
Roxie of The Beautiful Bluebird - ''I've always felt that Pocahontas is really underrated!!''
Emma - ''Dumbos mother, powerful love.''
Please check out all those guys and thank you all for your input, I agree with them all! Hope you enjoyed this post :) Thanks for reading.