pixar Movies have always been known for their upbeat, hilarious, heroic — and sometimes all three — characters. From the iconic duo of Woody and Buzz to a lovable misfit like Nemo, all five somehow endearing emotions come out From the inside to the outside, Pixar’s main characters always have that spark that makes audiences fall in love at first sight.
But typical DisneyFashion, Pixar Animation Studios follows suit with his buddies. Like the way Forky was the unexpected star of toy sory 4, or Sox became the fan favorite of light year, or in Dory’s case, her humor and charm earned her a starring role in her own film.
Forky (Toy Story 4)
If the toy story 4 trailer dropped and a talking spork starred, fans wondered how exactly it would all fit into the so-called final part of the film toy story Saga. But Forky eventually took the world by storm and became an instant favorite due to his self-deprecating sense of humor and his longing not to be alive like the rest of his toy friends.
During Bonnie’s introduction to kindergarten, she gave a craft project a unique twist when she glued googly eyes and wrapped pipe cleaners around a spork. Bonnie’s love brought Forky to life and allowed him to act as Woody’s sidekick throughout the film with random jokes and lots of questions.
Dory (“Finding Dory”)
Despite Nemo being the title character and his father Marlin playing a starring role, Dory essentially stole the show from everyone Find Nemo. Voiced by a worldwide favorite Ellen DeGeneres, Dory’s dry wit, kind heart, and endearing forgetfulness eventually led to her starring in the film’s sequel Find Dory.
During his search for his missing son, Nemo’s overprotective father Marlin encounters Dory, who tells him she can point the way to his son before moments later forgetting she ever interacted with him. Dory’s short-term memory loss became a running joke from the film, but it was her relatable “just keep swimming” mantra that makes her a memorable and beloved sidekick.
Frozone (“The Incredibles”)
While this supporting character’s name is Frozone, it’s just as incredible. As Mr. Incredible’s best friend and superhero partner, Frozone remains calm, cool, and collected throughout The Incredibles. Until his wife refuses to help him find his super suit.
Frozone serves as a likeable supporting character, whether he’s helping save the world with his superhero powers or staying his voluptuous, charming Helen and going on surveillance with Bob. It’s his cool personality and dedication to his wife and fighting crime that make him a fan favorite from the films.
dot (“The Life of a Bug”)
The Life of a Beetle is surely one of the most underrated Pixar films, debuting right in between toy story and toy story 2 in 1998, and its characters are equally forgotten. But there’s one beetle in particular that’s universally loved for its courage, helping hand, and adorable personality.
Dot, Atta’s little sister, was voiced by a boy Hayden Panettierre and became an inspiration to little girls around the world for their determination to succeed in the Blueberry Scouts, learn to fly and help their best friend Flik save the ant colony.
After getting lost in Radiator Springs, Mater is the first car in which he befriends the famous Lightning McQueen race car Cars. Despite being an old, rusty tow truck, Mater proves kind and caring towards everyone in town, including cocky newcomer Lightning.
Gullible but sweet, Mater turns into Lightning’s best friend and a fan-favorite supporting character, not for his looks but for his endearing personality and comedic relief cars Franchise.
Luke may revolve around two boys who become best friends after bonding over leaving their lives as sea monsters for a life on land, but one of the film’s most memorable characters is their unlikely friend and triathlon team member in their race to win the Portorosso Cup.
Giulia Marcovaldo befriends the two misfits and is the first to accept them as sea monsters while the rest of Portorosso wants to avoid them. But it’s Giulia’s confidence in herself and what she does best that makes her an admirable sidekick.
High is full of zany characters – from wilderness explorer Russell to Kevin the Bird to eccentric explorer Charles Muntz – but since the film premiered in 2009, everyone’s favorite has been the talking dog Dug.
When not distracted by squirrels and looking for exotic birds, this golden retriever acts as comedic relief and one of the more positive characters in a movie full of negative vibes from main characters like Carl and Muntz.
Sox (“light year”)
Sox became the unexpected breakout star of light year for his witty remarks and ability to save the day whenever Buzz needed him most. As Buzz’s animatronic emotional support cat, Sox became an important part of Buzz’s mission as his hilarious sidekick.
Whether it’s shooting confetti, chasing lasers, or solving the equation that will help Buzz complete his mission, Sox is without a doubt everyone’s favorite character light year, and most likely also an indispensable toy in Andy’s universe.
Bing Bong (“Inside Out”)
from the inside to the outside is full of lovable characters – even angry or disgusting ones – but none of them compare to Bing Bong. Bing Bong starred as Riley’s imaginary friend when she was little and lived in Riley’s mind in Imagination Land long after Riley stopped believing in him.
But aside from smelling deliciously like cotton candy and going on rocket rides with Riley, Bing Bong’s most endearing trait was the way he sacrificed himself to help both Joy and Riley, even if it meant getting ripped off by his favorite person always to be forgotten.
Slinky Dog (“Toy Story”)
toy story has always been full of toys that both Andy and viewers love. And while Rex and Hamm and Bullseye are notable runners-up, they don’t compare to Woody’s original sidekick Slinky Dog. As one of Andy’s older toys, Slinky always stayed by Woody’s side, even when the other toys turned against him.
When Woody was accused of murdering Buzz, Slinky was the only one who agreed with him when there was a doubt. Always willing to play checkers, he joined the search for Woody when he was stolen by Al McWhiggin, making him one of the franchise’s most loyal sidekicks.
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