Top 10 Dumbest Movie Cartoon Characters

Script written by Craig Butler. They’re not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier – but the movies would be duller without them. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Dumbest Movie Cartoon Characters. For this list, we’re concentrating on not-too-bright cartoon characters created for film, not characters from TV series that later became films. Special thanks to our users Danny Huyer, Elliott Twist, cwbutler2, Shawn Mark, DarrenZach and AndyAlan for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Craig Butler.

Top 10 Dumbest Movie Cartoon Characters


They’re not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier – but the movies would be duller without them. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Dumbest Movie Cartoon Characters.

For this list, we’re concentrating on not-too-bright cartoon characters created for film, not characters from TV series that later became films.

#10: Mitch Downe
“ParaNorman” (2012)

There’s dumb jocks and then there’s Mitch, the designated driver of the van in “ParaNorman.” Unlike a lot of stereotypical dumb jocks, Mitch is a very friendly and decent guy – just more interested in bulking up his muscles than bulking up his brain. “ParaNorman” is a movie about not judging people by appearances, so it’s appropriate that this applies to Mitch as much as it does to any other character.

#9: Brent McHale
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009)

Diapers are fine when you’re a baby; when you’re a grown man, not so much. Brent McHale isn’t playing with a full deck in “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” so he thinks nothing of this strange sartorial choice. That’s just one example of his cloudy thought processes – and one of the reasons this former spokesperson for Baby Brent Sardines is such a memorable character.

#8: Lefou
“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

Dopey comic relief henchmen are a staple of movies, animated or otherwise, and LeFou from “Beauty and the Beast” is one of the best. His boss, Gaston, is not exactly a brainiac himself. Maybe that’s why he keeps him around: to make him look smart in comparison. You could argue that Lefou’s dumbest move is to continue taking Gaston’s abuse – and keep coming back for more.

#7: Roger Rabbit
“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988)

Roger Rabbit is operating a few bricks short of a load, which causes a problem for the private investigator trying to save him in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” It also doesn’t help that Roger is frenzied, hyperactive, and can’t quite control himself. That’s bad news for the detective, but good news for audiences, who benefit from watching his wild antics from a safe distance.

#6: Goofy
“Walt Disney” franchise (1932-)

One of Disney’s most iconic characters, the beloved Goofy is a prize knucklehead. An eternal optimist, naïve and nice to a fault, this dumb Disney dog has gone from supporting pooch to main mutt over his career with the House of Mouse – but no matter what he’s doing, slapstick comedy invariably ensues. The Goof is very slow witted, but his lack of smarts isn’t shown so much by what he says as by what he does. So instead of talking about him, we’ll just show you!

#5: Dug
“Up” (2009)

Dogs have a reputation for being lovably idiotic, and Dug from “Up” demonstrates just how deserved that reputation may be. Loyal, cuddly, friendly, eager to please and as frisky as they come, Dug is also pretty much brainless. And easily distracted. Thanks to a special voicebox, we’re able to hear what passes for thoughts in Dug’s brain – and his innocent scattershot thoughts are a delight.

#4: Olaf
“Frozen” (2013)

People leave “Frozen” singing “Let It Go,” but quoting the happily dim-witted snowman Olaf. Possessed of a childish sense of wonder and a delight in just being alive, Olaf is seeing the world for the first time; his naiveté is endless. How is he supposed to know that being impaled is a bad thing? Or that summer is not exactly the best time of year to be a snowman?

#3: Ed
“The Lion King” (1994)

Laugh and the world laughs with you – unless you’re Ed the Hyena from “The Lion King.” One of the villainous Scar’s evil henchmen, Ed’s laughter isn’t charming and infectious; it’s more disturbing. The definitely dumb hyena is also somewhat insane – which explains his inability to think coherently but doesn’t make him any smarter. Just creepier.

#2: Dory
“Finding Nemo” (2003)

Marlin’s search for his son may provide the plot for “Finding Nemo,” but Dory provides a disproportionate share of the laughs. Dory’s not necessarily stupid; she’s just cursed with the worst case of short-term memory loss the world has ever seen. Her inability to remember things from one moment to the next is an endless source of laughs, but her warmth and loyalty make this scatterbrained blue tang lovable.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Scuttle
“The Little Mermaid” (1989)
- Dopey
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)
- Rex
“Toy Story” franchise (1995-)
- Bartok
“Anastasia” (1997)
- Horace & Jasper Badun
“One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961)

#1: Kronk Pepikrankenitz
“The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000)

Kronk’s body is so overloaded with muscle that there simply isn’t any room left over for brains. Grasping concepts isn’t exactly his strong suit, nor does he have the greatest attention span. But as Yzma’s incompetent henchman in “The Emperor’s New Groove,” he makes stupidity into an art form. Besides, he’s basically a good-hearted guy – and who wouldn’t love a guy who can speak fluent Squirrel?

Do you agree with our list? What are your favorite dim-witted movie cartoon characters? For more enthralling top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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