The Walt Disney Company has created so many memorable characters. Some of them are heroes, others are sidekicks. But they are all cute and loyal. Even villains have their fan base. Evil minions look great. And there is one feature both bad and good guys share in the world of Walt Disney, and that is humor. They are all funny. What are your favorite comedic Disney characters?
In the animation world, you have to have the ability to provide laughter. We watch cartoons to take a breather out of the real world. We want to relax and get some laughs. So, what are some of the funniest Disney characters? Let’s take a look.
Maximus – Tangled
Tangled tells the story of Rapunzel. Released in 2010, the animated story delivers more laughs than the original one. And Maximus is the main reason for it. He is a Corona Royal Guard horse that ends up with Rapunzel and Flynn in their journey.
Fearless, he takes his job seriously and provides tons of jokes during the process. Oh, and he hates Flynn. That rivalry provides many funny scenes and jokes. Many fans consider Maximus the smartest character in the movie.
Mickey is the serious character, Donald provides balance, but Goofy provides all the laughter. And his name says it. The funny animated character debuted in 1932 and remains a fan favorite ever since.
A tall, anthropomorphic dog, he typically wears a turtle neck and vest with pants, shoes, and white gloves.
Two of his shorts earned a nomination for an Oscar. His original name is Dippy Dawg. But many know him by the common name, Goofy.
Olaf – Frozen
Here is another sidekick that stole the show of the movie. Olaf debuted in Frozen, a Walt Disney Animation production. He is an inanimate snowman created. Elsa and Anna created him in their childhood, and then he reappears as an anthropomorphic character as Anna searches for her runaway sister.
Elsa recreates him again, and Olaf helps Anna and Kristoff find Elsa. Olaf represents innocent love and joy. He is the funniest character in the movie. But he also got a big role to play, representing innocent love in the scale of fear versus love.
Baloo – The Jungle Book
How can you not love the most comedic and worry-free character in The Jungle Book. Baloo steals the show any time he appears on the screen. He is a sloth bear, serving the role of a strict teacher of the cubs of the Seeonee wolf pack.
Baloo and Bagheera save Mowgli from Shere Khan, a tiger. Kipling, the creator of The Jungle Book, describes him as a sleepy brown bear. Fun fact: in the Russian version of The Jungle Book, Baloo appears as an Asian black bear.
Just go and play his “Bear Necessities” song on YouTube, he funny as hell.
Timon and Pumbaa – The Lion King
We cannot separate these two. Timon is the more serious and intelligent one, while Pumbaa looks he has no clue about what happens around them. He just wants to eat and fart.
The animated meerkat and warthog duo stole the show when they appeared in The Lion King. Pumbaa’s name derives from East African language, Swahili. In it, pumbaa means “to be foolish, silly, careless, and negligent”.
Timon is wise-cracking and self-absorbed. He always claims Pumbaa’s ideas as his own.
Captain Hook – Peter Pan
The fictional character appears as the main antagonist in Peter Pan. He is a pirate captain of the ship Jolly Roger. He has two principal fears. Those are the sight of his own blood, and the crocodile who pursues him after eating the hand cut off by Pan. And as you might assume, the crocodile wins.
Cook has an iron hook replacing his severed hand.
Smee – Peter Pan
Smee is the fictional character serving as Captain Hook’s boatswain. He seems like an oddly genial man for a pirate. In the books, the author describes him as Irish. Portrayed in many movies and plays as a rather stupid but entertaining man interested in loot. He doesn’t care about Hook’s evil pleasures.
He represents a humorous side to pirating. Smee believes people on the boat fear him, but that is not true.
Iago – Aladdin
As you can see by now, most of the funny characters in Disney movies are villains or help the villains. And that is where the jokes come from. Iago is the fictional supporting character appearing as a minion to the main villain, Jafar.
He provides comic relief but also serves as a secondary antagonist. In some of the sequels, he joined the protagonists as an antihero.
Iago resembles a scarlet macaw, but he is smaller in size and with shorter feathers. Famous for his greed for treasure and gold, he will do anything to get the treasure. He often gets into situations where he has to choose between saving his own tail feathers and doing the right thing.
Madam Mim – The Sword in the Stone
Madam Mim had a short appearance in the animated feature film by Disney in 1963, but she remains a popular fan favorite. She plays a wicked, old witch, one that relishes in the misery of others. She views herself as the greatest wizard of all time. Only her nemesis, Merlin, can rival her magic.
Her biggest flaw remains her overconfidence. Some view her as arrogant and sadistic. But you cannot deny the fact she is cunning and calculating. In the movie, she broke her own rules in the fight against Merlin.
Mushu – Mulan
Let’s finish our list of funny characters in Disney movies with a more modern hero. Mushu is the guardian spirit of the Fa family, appearing in the 1998 animated feature movie, Mulan. He is a fast-talking and self-absorbed Chinese dragon.
In contrast to Mulan, he acts more comical in situations during the movie. Mushu shows impulsiveness and overconfidence. But his comedic relief to situations turns Mulan into a war hero.