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Disney love stories get a lot of attention, but today we’re going to talk about a different kind of love: that of the true Disney friendship. As a thank you to Disney movies for teaching us to aspire to be great friends, here are 12 of the most inspirational Disney friendships:
We’re not exactly breaking any ground when we say that these two have a friendship for the ages. Their identities are so intertwined that you can’t think of one of them without immediately also thinking of the other. We love how they accept each other exactly as they are, wart(hog)s and all.
There’s no friendship like an unlikely friendship, and unlikely barely begins to cover it when you’re talking about a nervous clownfish dad and a cheerful blue tang with short-term memory loss. But alas, Dory can win anyone over, and she and Marlin help each other grow in beautiful ways.
If your movie is named after the two of you, your friendship automatically makes this list. Lilo and Stitch give each other the warm, accepting, happy ‘ohana that the both of them were searching for, and we just know that neither of them will ever be left behind or forgotten.
No matter how much they may cheerfully bicker, Lumiere and Cogsworth’s friendship was made to be. Lumiere keeps Cogsworth from becoming too tightly wound, and Cogsworth keeps Lumiere’s fiery spirit in check.
When you’re best friends, words become unnecessary. No set of pals is better proof of this than Rapunzel and Pascal. Let’s look at the facts: They kept each other company for years while cooped up in Rapunzel’s tower, they are constantly watching each other’s backs, and they are both good sports when it comes to their lively games of hide-and-seek. Who wouldn’t love a friendship like this?
These two have been best buddies since their toddling ice-harvester-in-training days, and before the trolls adopted them they were each other’s oldest and only friends. Kristoff’s conversations with Sven give us many warm and fuzzies because we know that as goofy as the two of them are, nothing could ever get between them.
Abu and Aladdin are such good friends that they wear matching outfits, and Genie is such a good friend to both of them that he performs lively song and dance routines, saves their lives, and offers some pretty great advice. It’s true that they ain’t never had a friend like Genie, and it’s also true that the rest of us ain’t never seen a friendship like this one.
These two may have gotten off to a rough start, but we imagine that a sheriff and a space ranger have little in common except for a healthy respect for the law (and, you know, being toys). Buzz and Woody’s eventual ability to set aside their differences and become the best of friends is inspirational in so many ways, the biggest being that it reminds us that our best friends can sometimes come from the places we least expect.
Flounder may not be the biggest, bravest fish in the sea, but he’ll stop at nothing to support Ariel—even if that means close encounters with sharks or watching her go and be a part of another world. When we were tiny humans watching
three times a day, we wanted a Flounder of our own … and we still do now.
As we’ve discussed in great detail before, Jack and Will’s friendship is the true treasure in
. Sure, they may perplex and bemuse each other, and no one ever really knows what Jack’s up to except Jack himself, but when push comes to shove, Will defends Jack’s honor as “a pirate and a good man.” That moment is worth more than all the Aztec gold in the world.
One of them’s a silly old bear. One of them’s a shy, slightly stuttering pig. Together they form the most lovely, supportive friendship we could imagine. Neither of them expects anything from the other, and both are happy to just exist together as they are.
They may not have chosen to be paired up, but fate brought these friends together, and the line “My little baby’s all grown up and saving China” made us extremely grateful for it. We love how Mulan respects Mushu—travel-size and all—and we love even more how Mushu supports and believes in Mulan.
What’s your favorite Disney friendship? Tell us below!
Tagged as: Aladdin (1992), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Finding Nemo (2003), Frozen (2013), Mulan (1998), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Tangled (2010), The Lion King (1994), The Little Mermaid (1989), Toy Story (1995), Winnie the Pooh
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