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Top 10 Cartoon Best Friends in Movies

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Script written by Sean Harris. Companionship just looks better in cartoon! In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 cartoon best friends in movies! For this list, we’ve looked at those animated pairings that are particularly close. There are no studio stipulations here, if it’s a cartoon then it’s in contention! However, we have excluded siblings and potential love interests, and you won’t be seeing the likes of Shaggy and Scooby or SpongeBob and Patrick Star, because they’re most at home on the small screen. Special thanks to our users itsinthe831, MrFuryGamer90, DarrenZach and Jeremy Lee for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Sean Harris.

Top 10 Cartoon Best Friends in Movies


Companionship just looks better in cartoon! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 cartoon best friends in movies!

For this list, we’ve looked at those animated pairings that are particularly close. There are no studio stipulations here, if it’s a cartoon then it’s in contention! However, we have excluded siblings and potential love interests.

#10: Bambi & Thumper
“Bambi” (1942)

Our opening animated allies are as adorable as they come! Bambi and Thumper are one of Walt Disney’s first duos, and one of his finest. Bambi doesn’t have a mom to guide him, but he does have a mighty good mate in Thumper. The scene in which the little grey rabbit teaches his fawn-friend how to walk on the ice is a classic throughout all of cinema, as it perfectly captures a lack of confidence and an abundance of kindness.

#9: Tod & Copper
“The Fox and the Hound” (1981)

They said they’d ‘always be friends, forever’, but, boy, would that pledge come to be tested! These two shouldn’t be friends, but they are! Tod’s a fox in the care of gentle Widow Tweed; Copper’s a hound dog employed by angry Amos Slade. As youngsters, they’re unaware of the differing paths they’re destined for, and as full-growns it’s a tough fact to face. If they’re to remain the best of BFFs, then they must do so under tricky, testing, and potentially tragic circumstances.

#8: Lilo & Stitch
“Lilo & Stitch” (2002)

Next, to a friendship that’s truly out of this world... Or at least 50% of it is! If Tod and Copper weren’t strictly meant to be, then Lilo and Stitch shouldn’t really stand a chance! As Experiment 626, Stitch was never supposed to leave his native laboratory on his native planet. But he ends up on Earth anyway, masquerading as a strange breed of dog and a new friend for Lilo. What follows is ‘The Ugly Duckling’ crossed with “E.T.” crossed with all manner of madness!

#7: Aladdin & Abu
“Aladdin” (1992)

A street rat he may be, but he’s a street rat with friends! Aladdin and Abu are Agrabah’s greatest partners – in life and in crime! The hero’s never too far away from his high-pitched, kind-of-kleptomaniac, primate pal! Al has more buddies than Abu, though. Genie proves an awesome acquaintance at first, and a loyal friend to the finish. Riding the Magic Carpet and chasing Jasmine’s love, they’re a trio of cartoony terrific-ness!

#6: Wreck-It Ralph & Venellope von Schweetz
“Wreck-It Ralph” (2012)

If there’s anything that this list is teaching us, it’s that friendships are often formed when they’re least expected. Wreck-It Ralph’s been locked inside his retro video game for years, and Venellope’s been a glitch dwelling within her own console for just as long. Ralph wants a medal, Venellope wants a race; and they need to work together to achieve either of those things! As a pair, they’re peculiar, but as a team they’re too strong for the villains, and too cute for the audience!

#5: Diego, Sid & Manfred “Manny”
“Ice Age” franchise (2002-)

Another curious concoction of companions, these 3 play out the most heart-warming of stories within the coldest of climates. Manny’s a lonesome mammoth with a sore spot for humans, Diego’s a saber-toothed tiger and a hunter of humans, Sid’s a sloth and an unquestionable lover of all things. When the three become unwilling, unexpected and unconventional guardians of a small child, the story that unfolds is as beautiful as it is bonkers!

#4: Michael “Mike” Wazowski & James P. “Sulley” Sullivan
“Monsters, Inc.” (2001) / “Monsters University” (2013)

Monsters are meant to scare, and they’re meant to do it because they care... There’s no doubt that both of these guys fulfil the last part of that mantra, but Mike is a little lacking in the first requisite. While Sulley is the number one Scarer at Monsters, Inc., Mike just doesn’t cut the nightmarish mustard. That does little to curtail their companionship, though. They’re comrades in your closet; they’re the best of buddies under your bed at night!

#3: Shrek & Donkey
“Shrek” franchise (2001-10)

We’d probably all like to have Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy as our real life chums, even if their on-screen characters don’t get along at first! Myers is Shrek, the reclusive, repulsive ogre. Murphy is Donkey, the happy, hyperactive... donkey. They’re thrown together by fantastical circumstance, embarking on a road-trip encompassing all of our favorite fairy tales. It’s a journey to Lord Farquaad, and a passage to friendship. They argue like a married couple, but they play off of one another perfectly.

#2: Timon & Pumbaa
“The Lion King” (1994)

There are certainly ‘no worries’ when it comes to these two. This warthog/meerkat duo is exactly what Simba needs upon fleeing the Pride Lands. The heir to his father’s throne, but feeling responsible for Mufasa’s death as well, Simba is at rock bottom. However, Timon and Pumbaa nurse the Lion King back to greatness through their infectious, hilarious camaraderie. Timon’s got brains, Pumbaa’s got brawn (sort of)... they’re wholly unorthodox, but it really works for them!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- Peter Pan & Tinker Bell “Peter Pan” (1953)
- Mowgli & Baloo “The Jungle Book” (1967)
- Kristoff & Sven “Frozen” (2013)
- Mr. Incredible & Frozone “The Incredibles” (2004)

#1: Woody & Buzz Lightyear
“Toy Story” franchise (1995-2010)

Their animation’s top notch, and their friendship is too... There could never be another twosome at the top of this particular tree! An old-fashioned cowboy doll and a new-age spaceman toy, Woody and Buzz continue the trend of being unusually associated. Under the influence of Andy’s ownership, however, the playthings form an unbreakable bond. For Woody, jealousy switches to admiration; for Buzz, mockery is replaced by respect. ‘You’ve got a friend in me’, they have a friend in each other, and we have a winner in them!

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