Top 10 Bromances in Disney
We often see a lot of dialogue about Disney relationships between the male and female romantic leads. With Frozen recently released people have applauded it for its nod to sisterly love as a form of “true” love and it got me to thinking what other “true love” stories might be out there. Then of course it occurred to me…what about the Bromances? So I decided to compile a list of my top 5 favourite Disney Bromances.
1. Timon & Pumbaa
The number one Disney bromance everyone is familiar with – Timon and Pumbaa. These two, voiced by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella respectively, stole the screen in Disney’s The Lion King. As far as we know Timon and Pumbaa have been friends their whole lives and with a catchy number like Hakuna Matata and their friends for life attitude it isn’t hard to see why they are at the top of the list.
2. Basil of Baker Street & Dr. David Dawson
For those unfamiliar with these characters they hail from the 1986 classic The Great Mouse Detective. Essentially Sherlock Holmes with mice these two characters meet as adults when a peculiar case comes their way. Bonding over the course of the movie, their bromance is not really solidified till the end. After all it takes awhile to get used to Basil’s crazy nature as any Sherlock fan might know. Fortunately after some sleuthing, near death experiences and of course dressing up as pirates these two become the best of chums.
3. Todd and Copper
Perhaps the most tragic bromance in the Disney world Todd and Copper broke hearts in Disney’s The Fox and the Hound. A story of forbidden friendship and prejudice these two delight in each other’s company unaware of the societal boundaries around them. This movie unlike the afore mentioned films really tugged on heart strings with a roller coaster ride of a relationship between the two. A brilliant metaphor for standing up to society it taught us that standing up for what is right and defending those we love is never wrong.
4. Kuzco & Pacha
Last on this list is the reluctant bromance of Kuzco and Pacha. Their story begins with Kuzco not only ignoring Pacha but preparing to destroy his entire life, for the sake of a summer home. In a classic story of the arrogant royal learning from the poor peasant, Pacha still decides to help the Emperor. Of course after many trials and tribulations and of course a spot of drag these two are as chummy as the rest of this list.
5. Jack and Octavian (Gus)
The bond between these two mice begins when Jack alerts Cinderella and saves Gus from impending doom. In typical "Pinky and the Brain" fashion one is the wits of the group, while the other is the heart. These two consistently outwit Lucifer the cat, and go on brave missions including tea cup recon and bead retrieval. As a kid, there was nothing more stressful than watching Jack distract Lucifer while Gus stacked up corn kernels under his chin. As an adult, the history buff in me can't help but be tickled by Gus's introduction. "Octavian, but we'll call you Gus for short." -an allusion to the Roman Emperor Caesaer Augustus whose previous name had been Octavian of the Julii. While these two have many other mice friends in their world, it is quite evident through all their adventures that they are each other's best friends.
6. Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket
In the original story of Pinocchio there is a cameo character of a cricket that lectures Pinocchio on moral before being squashed. Disney took this preachy character and moulded him into a more dynamic "bro" if you will. In addition to acting as a conscience, Jiminy is clever and caring - a character that would do anything for his friend, regardless of the danger. The sad part of this dynamic is that Pinocchio does not truly appreciate the friend he has in Jiminy until the end. He literally makes an ass out of himself by not listening to Jiminy's guidance. I think there is an important lesson in this about valuing friendship and in turn that friend's advice.
7. Robin Hood & Little John
When I think of these two I can't help but get that old versus stuck in my head "Robin and Little walking through the forest... laughin' back and forth and what the other'ne has to say. Reminiscin' This-'n'-thattin' Havin' such a good time, oo-delally, oo-de-lally Golly, what a day." ...You're welcome. These two are an epic bromance. While Robin cooks the food, Little John helps with the laundry. These two are not just best friends based on proximity or convenience, these two spent real time caring for each other. These are characters that just wanted to have a good time and enjoy life, which can be seen in the their major song.
8. Quasimodo & Phoebus
These two begin as rivals rather than friends. Quasimodo first truly meets Phoebus when the love of his life Esmerelda begs Quasi to hide Phoebus from the guards. Heartbroken seeing the affection between them, Quasi still does what he can to help them. When it comes to working together these two bicker like an old couple, but through their trials and tribulations they band together to help save their mutual love. This was an interesting dynamic to watch the competitive nature and jealousy between these two subside to reveal true friendship. In the end, Quasi openly accepts the relationship between Phoebus and Esmerelda without letting it ruin his friendship; mates before dates.
9. Mushu & Cri-Kee
In Disney's Mulan, both of these characters fulfil the role of guardian. One is an impulsive loud mouth, the other his timid but fiercely loyal side kick. Cri-Kee really acts as a sounding board for Mushu to voice his thoughts. Despite his introduction as a "lucky" cricket, Cri-Kee explains to Mushu that this is not the case, hence all the misfortune that seems to follow them around. Despite his timid nature, Cri-Kee sticks with Mushu through all the hardships; war, avalanches, and even when Mushsu blames Cri-Kee for his own actions.
10. Miguel & Tulio
This one is a bit of cheat as it is actually Dreamworks not Disney but it is just too epic a bromance to ignore, as con artists the bar isn’t set particularly high for Miguel and Tulio but in this quest for gold, of course we learn the real gold is the relationships we have. Voiced Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline one can see the actor’s natural wit and humour in the banter between these characters. A balanced team of a thinker and a doer, they have no difficulty getting themselves into loads of trouble. Their bromance, like so many before them is tested by not only a woman, but riches beyond their wildest dreams – yet in the end they remain ever the dynamic duo.
...What other Disney bromances do you remember?
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May 02 2015