It’s official; I’ve booked the hotel, the Eurostar and a two day park ticket to Disneyland in July! I’m so excited to go on my first Disney adventure in over a decade, and my first trip back to Disneyland Paris since I was five! To commemorate the occasion, I’m going to be posting a bunch of Disney content over the next couple of months as I prepare for my magical trip, starting with this week’s post, My Underrated Disney Heroes. This is a shout-out to a few of my favourite Disney characters that I’ve loved over the last (almost) 20 years of existing, and more importantly, the characters I feel are totally underrated as Disney heroes!
Silly Old Bear, Winnie The Pooh
Winnie was one of the first Disney characters I was introduced to; The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh used to play on repeat (in between painful rewind sessions of course – I am a 90s baby after all!) Winnie is easily my favourite Disney character, he’s been around for decades & has always remained completely and utterly loveable and adorable. He’s also my Disney spirit animal, given his hefty appetite and friendly nature – and his penchant for forgetting everything! Pooh bear is my favourite and most honoured Disney hero, because his message is simple; being yourself is the best way to succeed. Despite being made of stuffing and fluff, Pooh has been on some very big adventures, and always makes sure to keep his dearest friends happy and safe when they go on adventure together – he might not be a master of words, but he is an absolute sweetheart, and easily one of the best role models for young children (perhaps not when he eats to the point of getting stuck in Rabbit’s front door, however!)
Hero of China, Mulan
Definitely not an underrated hero, being the literal ‘saviour of China,’ but easily an underrated Disney leading lady – and one of the most underrated official Disney Princesses! People often think about Mulan as a film with a fun soundtrack – I’ll Make A Man Out Of You is a timeless tune, to be fair – and some witty characters, but hardly ever consider that it was one of the first Disney films with a true feminist message – one woman, in a society where women are expected to be ‘calm, obedient and have a tiny waist,’ literally saves her entire country from an invasion, all with the intention of keeping her father safe. It almost seems crazy to bunch Mulan with in with the other princesses – she is, in my opinion, the greatest, bravest and most important of them all.
Aloha, Nani Pelekai
The most underrated character in her own franchise, and one of the most underrated heroes I could think of in Disney canon is Nani Pelekai, big sister of Lilo from Lilo & Stitch. My reasons for loving Nani are simple; she is completely dedicated to protecting, raising, and loving her little sister, despite the fact that anyone else her age would be out living their own lives and having fun. It’s widely accepted that she even put her own professional surfing career aside to become a guardian for her sister after her parent’s death, instead choosing to work much less exciting and less fulfilling jobs to put food on the table. Granted, she does nearly lose Lilo in the end, but if her house hadn’t been invaded by and then blown up by aliens, she’d have probably had a better shot at adopted-parenthood. Nani’s dedication to her sister makes her a huge hero and amazing character in my eyes.
Who are some of your Disney heroes? Which characters do you think deserve more praise? Leave me a comment below and let me know!