These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

The trusted friend, the partner in crime, the inner voice or just the comic relief; whatever their role might be, they’re a very important part of the film. Every hero needs his/her sidekick. We present to you a list of sidekick duos from everybody’s favourite Disney/Pixar films!

  1. Olaf & Sven

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

The adorable snowman and the goofy reindeer from Frozen are the perfect sidekicks. Olaf’s character has a “big role to play representing the innocent love in the scale of fear versus love” says the director of the film. He is first seen as an inanimate snowman during Elsa and Anna’s childhood, and later on when he is recreated by Elsa during ‘Let it go’.

Sven is a carrot loving reindeer who has dog like traits. He is Kristoff’s best friend, conscience and sleigh-puller кредитная карта росбанк. With a childlike outlook on life, he makes a perfect companion to Olaf, who holds a similar personality, allowing the two to bond rather easily.

  1. Flounder & Sebastian

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

Sebastian is the royal court composer who is given the task of looking out for Ariel by the king, her father. He is, at most times, grumpy because of Ariel’s stubbornness. Flounder is the total opposite of the crustacean. He is Ariel’s companion for all her adventures in the deep blue. He might be one of the most stressed sidekicks to have been created by Disney, while Sebastian is probably the one with most mood swings. Whatever the case may be for the two, they do not think twice when it comes to helping Ariel when she is in danger.

  1. Genie & Abu

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

According to Disney’s official description, Abu is Aladdin’s pet monkey, who is obsessed with shiny items. Unlike his owner, Abu doesn’t steal for survival, but because he is a kleptomaniac. However he may be on the outside, he has a soft heart and is one of the most loyal and compassionate sidekicks. Genie on the other hand, is an all-powerful spirit residing in a magical oil lamp hidden within the ‘Cave of Wonders’, meant to only serve the “diamond in the rough”. His character is known to break the fourth wall, which is seen when he mimics people from the real-world, outside the universe in which he resides.

  1. Maximus & Pascal

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

Pascal is Rapunzel’s chameleon roommate in Mother Gothel’s tower, while Maximum is a Palace horse who at first has a tiff with Flynn Ryder, but later befriends him, thanks to Rapunzel. The duo were created to add comic relief to the film and also act as companions, in whatever form they might be, to the two leading characters. The duo later go on to become ring bearers to the couple at their wedding, in the sequel to Tangled. Pascal and Maximus were very well received by viewers and critics alike, and have even been called ‘scene stealers.’

  1. Cogsworth & Lumière

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

Cogsworth and Lumière are two of the helpers many at Beast’s castle, who get turned into a clock and a candelabra respectively, when the castle gets cursed many years ago. Lumière is kind-hearted, liked by all, and has a very charming persona, while Cogsworth is bossy, serious and prefers to abide by the rules stated by the Beast. The contrasting personalities of the two, combined with their loyalty towards the Beast is what makes them well, them!

  1. Timon & Pumbaa

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

A meerkat and warthog friendship might seem like a weird thing for us, but it sure is not in the world of Disney! The two find Simba and save him when he was a cub, and the three remain best friends for life. When somebody says ‘Hakuna Matata’ one automatically relates this to The Lion King; this is all thanks to the duo Timon and Pumbaa. They teach Simba to not worry about little things in life, and live life to its fullest; something we all can learn from the two.

  1. Jaq & Gus Gus

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

Cinderella would not have been able to do over half the things that led to her getting the prince of her dreams, were it not for her little helper-friends Jaq and Gus Gus. Jaq is shown to be the somewhat leader of the group of mice. He is sharp, brave and loves troubling the house cat, Lucifer. Gus Gus on the other hand is Jaq’s best friend; he is compassionate, but rather dim-witted. He is the main target of Lucifer, who prefers Gus Gus out of all the mice because of his plump size and slow speed.

  1. Ray & Louis

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

A jazz-loving alligator and a romantic Cajun firefly pair up to help Tiana and Naveen in Disney’s Princess and the Frog. Despite his size and ferocious appearance, Louis is a gentle giant with a heart of gold. He is very fond of his trumpet and his dream is to become a famous jazz singer and perform in front of a human audience without scaring anyone. Friendly and helpful, despite being the smallest creature in the movie, Ray has the biggest heart. Some of his loves include music, singing and entertaining guests of all kind. The firefly was also shown to have no real fear.

  1. Flit & Meeko

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

Flit is a ruby-throated hummingbird who is a friend of Pocahontas, along with Meeko, a racoon. Meeko is sly and loves stealing from others, which is rather annoying for Flit. Meeko is Pocahontas’s confidant. The duo adds much-needed excitement and fun to the film, and without the two, the film would have been a tad boring. Flit and Meeko prove that everybody needs a hummingbird and a racoon by their side.

  1. Baloo & Bagheera

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

Bagheera is like a guardian for Mowgli while Baloo is like more like a getaway in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Bagheera is presented as level headed and intelligent, while Baloo is presented as aloof and carefree. In spite of his loyalty to his “bare necessities”, Baloo is not above abandoning morals and disregarding the safety of others for himself, or what he believes in. The juxtaposing between the two characters allows Mowgli to combine the traits of both his companions and succeed in defeating Sher Khan.

Special Mention

These Sidekicks are no sidekick!

Seven Dwarfs

Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey are the seven dwarfs. They take pity on Snow White when she tells them the story of how she got into their home, and they allow her to stay on the condition that she would take care of the house in their absence. The dwarfs save the protagonist’s life time and again, indirectly foiling the Evil Queen’s plans to kill her, which is why we feel they deserved a special mention despite not being a ‘duo’.

Beauty and the Beast over the years

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The tale of loving somebody for who they are and not for their physical appearance is what French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s fairytale, Beauty and the Beast taught all of us. Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont rewrote the story and published it, giving us the story that we hold dearly. Our childhood would seem a little incomplete had this story not been made into the Disney animated film that we all love. This version, thought the most popular, is however not the only adaptation of the tale. With Emma Watson and Dan Stevens starring in the latest version of the fairytale, we thought we’d take a look at the different adaptations of ‘Beauty and the Beast’!

  1. La Belle et la Bête (1946)

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This French version of the traditional fairy tale, written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1757 was directed by French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau; the film stars Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais as Beast. This was the first film adaptation of the story. The set designs and cinematography were intended to evoke the illustrations and engravings of Gustave Doré and, in the farmhouse scenes, the paintings of Jan Vermeer.

  1. The Scarlet Flower (1952)

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This film is a 1952 Soviet feature-animated version of the tale. The film is an example of the Socialist Realism period in Russian animation, which lasted from the 1930s to 1950s; it featured heavy use of ‘rotoscoping’ as well as a focus on adapting traditional Russian folk tales. Nearly all of the character animation was first performed by live actors or animals and then traced by the animators. It was restored at the Gorky Film Studio in 1987.

  1. Beauty and the Beast (1962)

Beauty and the Beast over the years
This was the first English language adaptation of the tale! The film was directed by Edward L. Cahn and starred Joyce Taylor and Mark Damon in the lead roles. The film was shot in Technicolour and was a “fairytale for everybody – no messages, no menace,” according to the film’s executive producer, Edward Small.

  1. Beauty and the Beast/Die Schöne und das Biest (1987)

Beauty and the Beast over the years
This was an American/Israeli musical film, part of the 1980 film series Cannon Movie Tales. It is a contemporary version of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. The movie was shot in Israel and popularized the taglines: “The monster they feared was the prince she loved” and “The classic fairy tale about seeing with your heart”

  1. Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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This was the 30th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and the 3rd in the Disney Renaissance period, and the 1st English language animated version of the film. The Disney version also names Beauty “Belle” and gives her a handsome suitor (named Gaston) who eventually plots to kill the Beast. What many do not know about this very popular version of the film is the fact that Walt Disney first attempted unsuccessfully to adapt Beauty and the Beast into an animated feature film during the 1930s and 1950s!

  1. Blood of Beasts (2005)

Beauty and the Beast over the years
How would Beauty and the Beast be if it was set during the time of Vikings?! Well, Hollywood has an answer for that in the form of the 2005 film Blood of Beasts. Freya (Beauty), a warrior and the beautiful daughter of a Viking king, is held prisoner on an island castle by a Beast who has been cursed by Oden. The film however has received negative reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes rating it at 24%.

  1. Spike (2008)

Beauty and the Beast over the years
Spike is a gorgeous and haunting meditation on love and death, childhood and fantasy. Director Robert Beaucage’s adaptation can be described as a dark fantasy version of the film set in modern times. The plot of the film goes like this: Through a series of dreamlike images, a girl (Sarah Livingston Evans) and her three friends find themselves stranded in a dark and surrealistic forest by someone; or something (Edward Gusts) who has obsessively loved, watched, and waited for the girl ever since childhood.

  1. Beastly (2011)

Beauty and the Beast over the years
Yet another modern rendition of the film finds its way onto our list. This Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer starrer is also said to be loosely based on Alex Flinn’s supernatural novel of the same name (2007). It tells the age-old tale in a modern-day New York city setting. The story places the basics of the original fairy tale in the context of a contemporary American high school. The film also features Neil Patrick Harris as Kyle’s blind tutor and Mary-Kate Olsen as the girl responsible for cursing Kyle and causing his subsequent transformation.

  1. La Belle et la Bête (2014)

Beauty and the Beast over the years
This is a Franco-German romantic-fantasy version of the traditional fairy tale. Written by Christophe Gans and Sandra Vo-Anh and directed by Gans, the film stars Léa Seydoux as ‘Belle’ and Vincent Cassel as ‘Beast’. The film was nominated for the People’s Choice Award for Best European Film at the 27th European Film Awards. It also received three nominations at the 40th César Awards, winning Best Production Design.

  1. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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Emma Watson and Dan Stevens starrer is the next film to join the long history of film adaptations based on this fairy tale, stretching back to the earliest days of cinema. Principal photography began at Shepperton Studios in May 2015, and ended on August 21. The film is to be released on March 17, 2017, in standard, in RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D!

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