Top 10 Disney Bromances: Pets Edition
1. Roger & Pongo
Article by: Geek Girl Northern Belle Rogue|
While Disney is known for it's intense relationships, recently I put together a list of not their romantic relationships but the bromances that exist. This time around I thought I'd take a more specific look, as the mother of three cats, to the relationships between Disney characters and their pets. So here it is the Top 10 Disney Bromances: Pets Edition!
As this is the pets edition, I figured there was no better place to start than with 101 Dalmatians. My favourite part of this film to this day is the opening when Pongo looks out the window watching owners and their matching dogs walk by. Of course Pongo and Roger filled this paradigm also. Pongo truly helps fit the stereotype of man's best friend helping Roger in areas he didn't even know he needed help in - like falling in love. These two endure hardships together from bachelorhood, near-death experiences to dog-nappings and manage to come out on the other end triumphant and still the best of friends.
2. Aladdin & Abu
Aladdin and Abu form a tricky partnership. These two did not have the same luxuries as Pongo & Roger, but rather lived a life on the streets. Abu is fiercely loyal to Aladdin but that doesn't necessarily make him a kind individual. Consider for example when they come across the starving children in the alley, while Aladdin immediately hands over his bread, Abu takes some coaxing. It's no surprise that Abu has sticky fingers, no doubt a result of needing to steal to survive, but despite his mischievous and sometimes outright selfish behaviour, he is fiercely loyal to Aladdin.
3. Merlin & Archimedes
Unlike the previously mentioned duos, the dynamic between Merlin and Archimedes is quite different due to Archimedes' ability to speak. (Pongo only "talked" with other animals, and Abu doesn't quite talk so much as act like a sounding board for Aladdin) Archimedes is a cranky and sarcastic individual that loves to point out Merlin's flaws. Unlike certain other birds, I̶a̶g̶o̶, Archimedes doesn't just antagonize Merlin, but rather is a well educated owl that possesses much knowledge and point out legitimate flaws. After all, not every wizard is perfect with magic, sometimes they need some assistance from their wise old owls!
4. Hercules & Pegasus
While we don't have a plethora of backstory on the previous three duets, we get to see Hercules and Pegasus begin their bromance from birth. These are characters that the audience gets to see grow up together and watch how various events test and strain their relationship. In this story, Pegasus is created by Zeus for his son Hercules. He describes Pegasus as, "a magnificent horse with the brain of a bird". We get to see as Pegasus swings between the characteristics of a noble steed with Hercules atop of him, to Pegasus himself perching on Hercules' shoulder. Loyal although possessive their greatest hurdle was Pegasus' jealousy of Meg. Eventually however, through trials and tribulations Pegasus grows to accept her and the mythic bromance remains strong!
5. Lilo & Stitch
Considering "bromance" really just means platonic friendship I feel it can apply to anyone. As such, we have our next bromance between this little Hawaiian girl and an alien better known as 'Experiment 626'. This bromance illustrates that friendship is about acceptance. Throughout the movie and various spin off series, Stitch tends to destroy just about anything in his path and irritate people to no end. Despite all this, somehow Lilo found the soft spot in his heart, and he protects and defends her. Although they took a terminator approach in villain turned good, Stitch never fully loses his destructive behaviour but Lilo accepts him as family anyway.
6. Oliver & Jenny
Known for openings that get you in the heart strings (Bambi's mom) it is no surprise that Oliver and Company follows that pattern with a young kitten neglected and nearly washed away in a storm before being pseudo-adopted by a gang of stray dogs. Later when Oliver finds a friend and a safe home with Jenny we can't help but be rooting for them. Both initially lonely and abandoned by their parents they find companionship and true happiness with each other. They not only mirror each others kindness but also their bravery. When Oliver is cat-napped both of them are willing to do whatever it takes to find each other again. As Jenny sings, "You and me together we'll be. Forever you'll see. We'll always be good company, you and me....Just wait and see!"
7. Lady Tremaine & Lucifer
These types of relationships do not purely exist between heroes and their pets but also villains. My personal favourite example of this is Lady Tremaine and her feline friend Lucifer. While we often think of the evil step-mother and step-sisters, as an antagonist, the latter two pale in comparison to Lucifer. Just like Lady Tremaine, this cat is clever and manipulative. It seems his goal is to make Cinderella's life as miserable as possible whether he be terrorizing all of her animal friends from rodent to canine, playing in the dirt and making sure it ends up all over the freshly washed floors or simply taking enjoyment of his mistress scolding Cinderella. Lucifer is picky, it is evident that he is not a fan of either Anastasia or Drizella and only appears as a warm cuddly cat when in the arms of Lady Tremaine. While they are foiled in the end, these two are so close they could have been cut from the same cloth.
8. Amos Slade & Chief
These two have a very interesting dynamic. The first thing you might notice about this duo is that they have the same eye brows. They are both cranky old men that are set in their ways. As a kid, I loathed Amos and couldn't sympathize with Chief who to me were to two main antagonists. As an adult however, it occurs to me that unlike most Disney villains, Amos and Chief are less villains and more anti-heros. They are not evil and cruel, but rather professional hunters. Of course, when it becomes all about revenge we see some villainy set in, but a true villain would have still pulled the trigger. The bear on the other hand has no qualms trying to kill everything in its path - a more "just because" evil character that we are used to in Disney films. In resulting sequels Amos becomes even more amiable by acting as a comic relief character.
9. Pocahontas & Meeko/Flit
I am sure that Pocahontas would not classify Meeko and Flit as pets, and would find the whole notion of having 'pets' silly. Nonetheless from our societal perspective it is pretty easy to see how Meeko and Flit fall into that category. I couldn't pick just one animal friend, because Flit and Meeko are always together balancing each other out. Sly and greedy Meeko is constantly on the search for food and has no qualms stealing it if need be. For all his slyness however he is rather clumsy and often relies on Flit. That said, due to the enormous size difference it usually ends in comical moments. Flit is short tempered and the passive Meeko tends to push all of his buttons leaving it to Pocahontas to laugh and sort them out. These two are constantly around Pocahontas and despite their own personalities try their best to support her.
10. Sven & Kristoff
Similarly to Hercules and Pegasus one of the nice things about the bromance between Sven and Kristoff is that we get to see it from it's earliest stages when they are young children into adulthood. A unique feature in their relationship that we've not yet seen in a Disney pet bromance is Kristoff voicing Sven. Generally the animals talk amongst themselves but remain silent to their humans leaving it purely to their facial expressions to communicate (Of course, Archimedes is the exception). Having Kristoff create a voice for Sven helped to make him less of a sounding board and more of an actual character. These two not only share a voice, but also carrots, a troll foster mom and a love of ice. Of course some question the song lyrics, "His thing with the reindeer, that's a little outside of nature's laws" to insinuate that this was less of a bromance and more of a full on romance. To me, this theory is fallable in the fact that if this were the case then Sven likely would have taken a Pegsus-like approach to Anna and been jealous and resented her. Kristoff at one point refuses to go back bitterly claiming that Anna has already found her true love. Sven looks at Kristoff in such a way as to speak that it is more than clear that Anna and Kristoff belong together. These two are by each other's side during every possible moment of the film, the one exception being when Sven could not climb the ice stairs but rather waited for Kristoff while he was in the palace. These two are practically tied at the hip and it's no surprise that Elsa named them the "Official Ice Master and Delieverer" together.
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August 31 2015