Jaq and Gus are integral to Cinderella’s story. They help her immensely on her journey. It plays a key role in creating the princess with animal friends. They also helped create the “princess’s animal friends” trope that would be spoofed by films like Enchanted.
It is clear that a great deal of animation had to go into Prince Eric’s dog Max. It was no small feat to give the impression that he flops around like a mop come to life. He plays a small but memorable part in the first film of the Disney Renaissance.
Timon and Pumbaa are the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to Simba’s Hamlet. They keep things light and funny as Simba moves ever closer to his destiny of dethroning is conniving uncle Scar. With characteristically expressive vocal work from Nathan Lane, little negative can be said about the duo.
It’s difficult, if not impossible, not to root for Simba. Not only is poor young Simba animated to be very cute, but he also gets dealt a real tough hand, even for a Disney protagonist. The Lion King remains vital today, with no small part due to the titular character.
Bambi is an elegantly-animated movie, perhaps the most gorgeously-done in the Disney canon. It is clear that no expense was spared for its titular character, the adorable and fragile orphaned fawn. This early hit no doubt helped make the Disney name what it is today.