While Batman had Robin and Frodo had Samwise, Disney characters have to rely on something cute and cuddly as a sidekick. Perhaps that’s just so the marketing guys have something to attract the smallest kids, or maybe it’s so the range of soft toys can expand movie by movie. Whatever the reason, some of them are a bit annoying. Some sing songs that get under your skin. Some are a one-note joke that’s too repetitive for adult audiences. Some don’t have any part to play in the story, so they’re just there for merchandising. Others are an integral part of the story, but they’re still irritating. Let’s take a look at the worst of them starting with a singing snowman.
Is Olaf’s voice the most annoying thing about him? Is it the song he sings in the first Frozen movie? What about that goofy grin? Yep, that’s annoying too. Frozen is a great film. The sequel’s not, but that’s not Olaf’s fault. In fact, none of it’s his doing. Take him out of the first movie, and it’s still a great movie. Take him out of the second movie, and it’s no better or worse. The character’s a non-entity with an annoying voice. He plays no part in the stories, so bin him, Disney.
Moana has a couple of sidekicks. The one everyone remembers is Hei Hei, the idiot chicken who keeps trying to drown himself when he’s not being eyed up as a boat-snack for the demi-god Maui. You can argue that Pua deserves a lot more screen-time, but we also think some of the starving islanders would have eaten this cute little pig. Come to think of it that should have been Hei Hei’s fate too.
Mulan’s comedy relief comes from Mushu, the dragon voiced by Eddie Murphy. Who’d have thought that the potty-mouthed star would feature in two major animated movies? He’s a lot better in Shrek of course. There’s a sense that he’s held back by the role of the tiny dragon companion to Mulan. Playing the loud-mouthed donkey in Shrek allows him to unleash his full comic talent. Maybe they should have hired someone else to do the voice work or just cut this character out of the movie.
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