It's the circle of life! With Disney films like "The Lion King," you're given a cast that is completely made of animals. While many other Disney films follow a cast of mostly humans, you'd be sure to find some animals thrown into the mix. From lions, tigers, and bears, oh my, can you name what kind of animal the Disney character actually is?
The earliest Disney film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," focused on human characters. With the release of the second film, "Pinocchio," Disney fans were introduced to anthropomorphic characters -- animals that have human characteristics. This film would introduce Jiminy Cricket while later films would bring "Dumbo," "Bambi," and Dalmatians to life.
With all of these characters wandering around these Disney films, could you recognize what animal they are? While it might be obvious that a Dalmatian is a dog and Simba and Mufasa were lions, what was Timon? What was Pumbaa?
In "The Little Mermaid," was Sebastian a crab or a lobster? What kind of animal was Meeko, Pocahontas' friend in the 1995 film? Can you name all of these characters? While they might be able to talk like a human and have emotions like one, they're most certainly animals!
Do you know what animal these Disney characters are? Let's find out!
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King Louie, a supporting character in the animated movie, "The Jungle Book," is an orangutin and the King of the Apes. He kidnaps the "man cub," Mowgli, to learn the secret of making fire ("man's red flower") -- the thing he sees that stands between being a man and being an ape.
Winnie the Pooh, also known as Pooh Bear, is an animated teddy bear originally created by author A. A. Milne. Pooh lives in the Hundred Acre Wood with his friends, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Rabbit, and Owl.
This mouse's full name is Minerva, although she goes by Minnie. Minnie Mouse has appeared in more then 70 cartoons with her significant other, Mickey Mouse, but it wasn't until 1986 that she was in the spotlight -- it was 'Minnie's Year' at Disney theme parks that year.
Huey, Dewey and Louie, triplets, are Donald Duck's nephews -- and they're white ducks just like their uncle. Their mother is Della Duck, Donald's twin sister.
Thumper, from the animated film, "Bambi," is a rabbit known for thumping his left hind foot, and for giving the advice, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all."
Abu is Aladdin's pet monkey and best friend. And he's also a mischievous thief who can't help himself around shiny things.
"Dumbo" isn't this elephant's real name. It's the nickname given to him by bullies, making fun of his oversized ears. His actual name is Jumbo Jr.
In the story of "Lady and the Tramp," uptown Lady is a female American Cocker Spaniel who falls in love with a male stray mutt named Tramp. It's said one of the movie's now most iconic scenes, the two dogs sharing a strand of spaghetti, wasn't a favorite of Walt Disney's, who couldn't imagine two dogs ever sharing a dish.
You might recognize this tuxedo cat as Geppetto's pet cat in Disney's "Pinocchio." Or, maybe, as Minnie Mouse's pet cat. Once the "Pinocchio" movie wrapped, Walt Disney decided to replace Minnie's dog, Fifi, with Figaro the cat.
Pluto the Pup, or just Pluto, is a yellowish-orange, short-haired dog with black ears who is Mickey Mouse's pet dog. He was a bloodhound when introduced, but is now considered a mixed-breed dog.
Stitch, or " Experiment 626," is a genetically-engineered, extraterrestrial koala-like "dog" created by aliens. He was adopted by Lilo, in "Lilo & Stitch," and has a limited ability to alter his appearance.
Clara Cluck is an old friend of Mickey Mouse. An operatic diva, this chicken made her debut in the cartoon, "Orphan's Benefit."
Pete was introduced three years before Mickey Mouse, making him the oldest continuing Disney character. Since Mickey Mouse debuted, Pete has played the role of Mickey's nemesis -- and that meant changing him from a bear into a cat.
This rooster, named Panchito Romero Miguel Junipero Francisco Quintero González III, or Panchito, was introduced in the cartoon, "The Three Caballeros." His horse, Señor Martinez, while not in the cartoon, was also introduced in 1944.
This lazy goose is Donald Duck's cousin who lives on Grandma Duck's farm outside of Duckburg. Gus has been known to automate his work so he can rest.
This tiny insect, Jiminy Cricket, appeared as the conscience of Pinocchio, in the Disney movie of the same name. And he's also the one who sings the opening song, "When You Wish Upon a Star."
"Goofy's a dog. He's definitely a dog," says Teddy, in conversation with Gordie and Chris while hanging out in their clubhouse in the '80s movie, "Stand By Me." And although Chris has a good reason to believe that Goofy "can't be a dog. He drives a car and wears a hat," Teddy's right -- Goofy is, in fact, a dog.
This tall horse named Horace Horsecollar was not just Mickey Mouse's friend, but also Clarabelle Cow's boyfriend. His biggest role was early in Disney's existence. He starred in 1934's "Camping Out."
"The Lion King" introduced us to Timon, a meerkat, and his friend, seen here, Pumbaa, a warthog. Hakuna matata! (No worries!)
Donald Duck is usually seen wearing a sailor shirt and cap with a bow tie -- not the typical fashion for a duck. Although Walt Disney has called Donald a "problem child," Donald is an Academy Award-winning actor, winning for the 1943 anti-Nazi animated short, "Der Feuhrer's Face" (originally called, "Donald Duck in NutziLand").
Chip and Dale look like twins, but there are a few ways to tell these chipmunks apart. Chip has smooth hair and a small black nose with two protruding teeth in the front. Dale has ruffled hair, a large red nose, and large canine teeth. Other differences? Chip tends to be focused, whereas Dale is much more impulsive.
These moray eels serve the Sea Witch, Ursula, in Disney's "The Little Mermaid." These evil henchmen die by the film's end.
This highly-mysterious and devious pink-and-purple striped cat has a permanent -- and iconic -- grin on his face. He's the one who tells Alice, in "Alice in Wonderland," that "most everyone's mad here."
Sebastian, a crab from the island of Jamaica, serves King Triton as the court composer -- although in the movie, "The Little Mermaid," he often finds himself running around after Triton's youngest daughter, Ariel. It's Sebastian who sings "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl," both of which were nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1990.
This clownfish, Marlin, lives inside a sea anemone in the Great Barrier Reef on the Australian East Coast. The most common type is orange with white markings, like Marlin, but not all are.
Chameleons, like Pascal, are lizards. They have quick tongues, reaching prey in just 0.07 seconds. And while that whole color-changing ability is really cool, it actually isn't used for camouflage -- it's most often used as a way for a chameleon to control its body temperature.
Bambi lives in the forest, and spends his days hanging out with his friends, Flower and Thumper. But you might not know that the movie, which came out in 1942, was based on the book, "Bambi, a Life in the Woods" by Felix Salten.
Tod (not Todd) is the star of Disney's film, "The Fox and the Hound," about a red fox named Tod and a hound dog named Copper. In real life, red foxes are the largest of their species, but with a light build -- and not all of them have a red coat (some may be black, silver, or a red/silver mix.)
Olivia Flaversham, a young mouse who lives with her father, loves fuzzy animals, handmade toys, and her dad. While Olivia is just a little girl, adult mice weigh 0.5 ounces and typically live between nine and 12 months.
Oliver is an orange tabby cat, with a blue collar and an owner named Jenny Foxworth. Did you know that up to 80 percent of orange tabby cats are male?
Skunk spray, a sulfur-containing liquid used as a defensive weapon, comes from two glands near the base of the skunk’s tail -- and it can hit a target up to 12 feet away. Because of its aroma, cleome foliage is sometimes called "skunk flower." But this Flower is actually a skunk.
Jaq and Gus are two of Cinderella's mouse friends. Along with two other mice, these two are transformed into horses by the fairy -- and back into mice at midnight when the spell wears off.
Meeko loves food, especially biscuits. Raccoons, in real life, are smart and dexterous -- for instance, they've been known to open doors, uncap chimneys, and damage gardens. And they can communicate with each other with more than 200 different sounds and 12-15 different calls.
Kaa the snake, an enormous python, was introduced in "The Jungle Book," as a villain -- for instance, while others wanted to learn from the "man cub," Mowgli, Kaa wanteded to eat the boy.
According to "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree," Eeyore is full of sawdust. While that probably doesn't explain his cynical outlook, it does explain how his tail ended up pinned to his backside (it kept falling off). Real donkeys, of course, have the advantage of not being stuffed with shredded wood.
These legendary mythical creatures usually appear as fire-spewing, flying reptiles. The red dragon, Mushu, is Mulan's guide on her journey -- despite the ancestors unwillingness to consider his help.
Parrots, like Iago, are considered intelligent birds. And some are able to imitate sounds, including human voices. Iago is voiced by Gilbert Gottfried in Disney's film, "Aladdin."
Goats were some of the earliest animals to be domesticated. Djali is Esmeralda's pet goat in Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" -- a smart goat who is able to perform counting tricks with a tambourine.
John Worthington Foulfellow, or "Honest John," was introduced in Disney's "Pinocchio," along with Gideon his partner in crime. Like most fictional foes, Honest John is a sly, sneaky character. Disney based the pair off of two characters, Fox and Cat, from the original stories by author Carlo Collodi.
The black panther, Bagheera, is the "man cub" Mowgli's protector throughout the film, "The Jungle Book." It's Bagheera who also narrates the story.
Did you know that hummingbirds can't walk? It's true -- their feet have evolved to be smaller and lighter to help them fly more efficiently. And because of that, these tiny birds can fly (forward) at speeds as high as 30 miles per hour (and double that speed if they're in a dive). This ruby-throated hummingbird, named Flit, is friends with Pocahontas.
Heffalumps are fictional animals that resemble elephants (specifically, Indian elephants). Heffalumps often appear with Woozles, which are fictional weasel-like creatures.
Scuttle, a seagull, is the expert on human artifacts for Ariel and her friends in Disney's "The Little Mermaid" -- just don't ask him to show you what a "dinglehopper" is for. In real life, seagulls are known to scavenge opportunistically.
Ben Ali Gator is a tall, thin alligator who appears in the "Dance of the Hours" segment of Disney's film, "Fantasia." As the leader of the Dancers of the Night, Ben wears a feather cap and a cape.
Originally, the Big Bad Wolf appeared in some Aesop's Fables and Grimms' Fairy Tales, in cautionary stories and rhymes. When it comes to Zeke Midas Wolf's Disney career, he still stars in stories like, "Little Red Riding Hood" as well as "The Three Little Pigs" -- and sometimes on the big screen.
This fictional white German Shepherd doesn't really know how to be a dog -- although he does know how to be a TV hero dog. Bolt is voiced by John Travolta in the movie of the same name.
Bucky, a small squirrel, is a character in "The Emperor's New Groove" and its sequel, as well as the television series. Did you know that squirrels have four teeth -- the four in front -- that never stop growing? While humans might find that a bit difficult to live with, it's perfect for squirrels who are always gnawing.
Chief Bogo, pictured here, is a Cape buffalo (also called an African buffalo). This type of buffalo prefers a vegetarian diet, and it may surprise you that they're excellent swimmers.
"You follow old Rafiki! He knows the way!" Rafiki, voiced by Robert Guillaume in "The Lion King" films, is a monkey, specifically a mandrill. Mandrills are the largest monkeys in the world, but are often mistaken as baboons.
Tinker "Tink" Bell is the unofficial mascot of the Walt Disney Company. Tink, a fairy, has appeared in many movies and TV shows with Peter Pan. In 2010, she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.