Over the years, Disney and Pixar have created movies based around a variety of lovable creatures, from princesses and frogs, to video game characters, to children’s toys come to life when their owners aren’t looking. For their newest release, Pixar has tapped into a character who previously played the sidekick to a clown fish on the hunt for his missing son. But, there are plenty of other characters from Disney and Pixar with their own story to tell, just like Finding Dory. Here are 10 Disney and Pixar sidekicks who deserve their own movie.
There was plenty to laugh and cry at in Pixar’s Inside Out, and one character who managed to cause both reactions in audience members was Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong. The character has everything needed for a Pixar movie of his own: a theme song, an eccentric personality, and a heartbreaking story. Though Inside Out doesn’t leave room for a sequel following Bing Bong, the imaginary part-cat, part-elephant, part-dolphin creature could certainly lead a prequel film about his time with Riley, and how their relationship changed as she got older.
Mushu & Cri-Kee
One of two companions to Mulan in the Disney movie surrounding her decision to join the army in her father’s place, Mushu and the lucky cricket are the comedic relief to the heroine. The Timon and Pumbaa to The Lion King’s Simba, of sorts. But, unlike Timon and Pumbaa who received their own movie in The Lion King 1 1/2, Mushu and Cri-Kee haven’t starred in their own Disney spinoff. However, the characters are a perfect focus for a spinoff. Whether they go on their own mission to save China or act as the Fa family’s guardians with another member of the house, Mushu and Cri-Kee deserve their own Disney movie.
The healthcare robot devoted to making sure Hiro Hamada was safe and healthy quickly became a scene-stealer in Disney’s Big Hero 6. Between Baymax having trouble understanding the complexities of humans and his silly disposition when his battery is depleted, the character easily became a favorite among fans young and old. Plus, though he begins the film as Hiro’s healthcare companion, Baymax becomes a hero in his own right. So, a Baymax-centric movie would a be perfect sequel or spinoff from Big Hero 6 – Disney just needs to come up with a reason for Baymax to go on a solo mission.
Little Green Men
There are plenty of different characters from Pixar’s three Toy Story movies who deserve their own films – like Bonnie’s toys Buttercup, Peas-in-a-pod, and Mr. Pricklepants. But, some of the more mysterious characters who have shared the screen with Woody and Buzz are the Little Green Men that the toys meet at Pizza Planet. Other than their devotion to their claw god, we don’t know much about these green aliens. Given how Illumination’s Minions have taken over pop culture, the world may be ready for a movie all about Toy Story’s Little Green Men.
Before Marlin, Nemo, and Dory led audiences on a new adventure through the big blue sea, Ariel, Sebastian, and Flounder were the go-to ocean experts in The Little Mermaid. But, when it came to knowledge of the land, they turned to Scuttle the seagull, whose expertise of human objects is unparalleled – in it’s ridiculousness of course. The eccentric bird, with his penchant for coming up with unique names like dinglehopper and snarfblatt, would be a fun guide through the human world in his own movie, perhaps on his own quest to find a particularly intriguing object – like a spork.
An enthusiastic snowman with a love of summertime and warm hugs, the character of Olaf easily won over the hearts of viewers in Disney’s Frozen. The friendliest snowman in Arendelle was created by Elsa’s magic as a friend for Anna, and helps the younger princess rescue her sister from herself as well as the villainous Hans. Though Frozen ends with Arendelle’s magically-induced winter coming to an end and Elsa creating a snowcloud to keep Olaf solid, there’s still more story to tell with this happy snowman. Perhaps he follows in Dory’s footsteps and goes on a journey to find a family.