The best Disney films feature adorable animal pals. This is fact. The most outstanding companions offer moral support, make cute noises, and help with mobility. Which ones are at the very top? I’ve come up with a list. I’m defining animal companions as friends of humans/mermaids that play important roles in the film. So, for example, Sebastian from
My ranking of Disney animal companions from bottom to top:
Maurice and Belle’s horse in
The fluffy little owl Archimedes speaks his mind in
18. Meeko and Flit
Pocahontas is surrounded by animals, but Meeko and Flit are the two she’s chosen to keep close to her side. Meeko steals all the food he can (I can relate to this), and Flit provides comedic relief.
17. Tantor and Terk
Tarzan has serious best friend material in Tantor and Terk. The trio grew up together and looked out for each other. Tantor and Terk weren’t about thrilling heroics, but they did agree to aid Tarzan in a dangerous situation… you know, before Tarzan left them to go live with humans.
16. Rajah and Iago
Rajah is Jasmine’s fierce protector in
15. Jaq and Gus
As the ultimate pair of mice in
14. Ray and Louis
Ray and Louis are technically companions to humans that have been turned into frogs in
The wise and cautious Bagheera took
I could say a lot of things about Baloo from
Scuttle may not quite understand what objects humans use are called, but his enthusiasm about making his friend happy in
“Reindeers are better than people…” Sven’s devotion to Kristoff in
7. Mushu and Cri-Kee
When Mushu starts helping Mulan become a warrior, it’s with selfish motivation. But then, he turns it around and becomes loyal and helpful. His firecracker personality and humor combined with Cri-Kee’s scolding looks put them high on my list.
Hercules wouldn’t have been able to accomplish his labors without Pegasus by his side. Plus, did you see Pegasus as a baby? Come on.
Flounder’s inner guppy means he’s often in distress. But you know what? He sucks it up and sticks to Ariel’s side like glue anyway. He’s the friend who you could count on to bail you out of jail in the middle of the night.
Yes, another of Ariel’s companions is in the top ten. Sebastian wanted what was best for Ariel and acted accordingly, even if Ariel wasn’t a fan of his actions. He sings, he dances, and in pretty short order, he chooses being Ariel’s friend and being supportive over his ambitions.
Partner-in-crime, best friend, excellent elephant stand-in–
Rapunzel’s never without her pal Pascal in
1. Jiminy Cricket
What would Pinocchio be without Jiminy Cricket? Jiminy was responsible for teaching the boy morals and wisdom. He’s practical while also optimistic, very dapper, and a guiding light. We could all use a Jiminy in our lives.
Agree? Disagree? Head to the comments and tell me how you’d rearrange the ranking.