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8 Ways Megara Is The Most Relatable Disney Character

8 Ways Megara Is The Most Relatable Disney Character

The so-called “damsel in distress” of the Disney movie “Hercules” has always been one of my absolute favorite characters. She’s not helpless; she’s sassy, smart, and independent. Consequently, because she is so different from many other characters written before her, I find her to be the most relatable. Her character growth is one of the many reasons why Megara is so real.

1. She’s carelessly confident.

Megara knows she’s beautiful and she knows the effect she has on some people, but she doesn’t necessarily go out of her way to use this to her advantage.

2. She’s not immediately taken by a self-proclaimed knight in shining armor.

From the very beginning, she stood out from most of the Disney princesses by not really caring about the arrival of a beautiful, strong man. Hercules clearly tries to impress her from the moment they meet, but she doesn’t put much stock in the encounter. I’m not sure I would have the strength to have the same reaction if I met Hercules.

3. She doesn’t need anyone to save her.

Though I’m not sure how she would’ve gotten out of this situation, she seemed pretty confident.

4. She has a past.

Megara isn’t just a simple character, she has a complex past in which she gave her soul to save the life of someone she loved, only for him to leave her for another girl. So in actuality, she’s not perfect. She may be confident and independent at this point, but who she became was because of the obstacles she faced in the past. What makes Megara so real is that we can see that she was a completely different person in the past, but she became stronger and made the best of the situation she had in learning to simply care for herself.

5. She’s honest about her feelings.

Although she had to deceive Hercules for Hades, she was completely honest with how she really felt. She made it clear that she didn’t trust people.

6. Eventually, she can’t help but to be charmed by the right guy.

Her facial expressions and body language reveal that she’s still closed off, but is definitely falling for Hercules. At this point, we know she doesn’t want to get hurt more than anything, but yet this particular guy is somehow breaking down the barrier.

7. She has inner battles.

She knows she cares about Hercules, but she is still at war with herself. Megara tries to talk herself out of the feelings she’s forming for him. Sometimes we try to tell ourselves one thing when deep down we know we truly believe differently. As much as we tell ourselves how something won’t be worth it, if the heart is already deeply involved then this is often a war our logical thoughts can’t win.

8. She’s not invincible.

From her feelings to a giant column crushing her–Megara isn’t invincible in any way. She is made to be a complex character with a past who is strong in her independent beliefs. This is noble, but we all know eventually we can’t be invincible to what we really feel. She sacrificed her own life for Hercules and in turn he also saved her and proved he was worth it. In the end, Megara was a normal woman who became who she was meant to be. Like all of us, she fought it for a while, but when the time was best, she rightfully gave in.


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Favorite Disney Friendships: Not All Relationships Are Romantic

The 24 Greatest Friendships in Disney Movie History

A hallmark of every great Disney flick is a great friendship between characters. We’re taking a look at some of our favorite friendships from Disney movies. Some will seem obvious (Timon and Pumbaa!), but others may surprise you. I’m sure these images will prompt a stroll down memory lane for most of you, with some even reminding you of favorite friendships from your childhood. Share this with your besties, and if you think we’ve missed perfect pals from your favorite Disney movie, be sure to tell us in the comments.

Now pop some popcorn, sit back, and look back on our favorite Disney movie friendships …

  • Mowgli and Baloo

    Mowgli loves his buddy Baloo so much that he wants to be like him, scratching his back on trees, and floating without a care through the jungle. And their friendship makes us want to be like him, too-oo-oooh.

  • Timon and Pumbaa

    Timon and Pumbaa are such great pals that they even overlook each other’s nasty habits from bug eating to, well, that thing that Pumbaa does. They’ve also got some of the best songs in Disney movie history. Hakuna Matata, friends!

  • Lilo and Stitch
  • It’s hard to make friends when you’re an alien, and sometimes it’s even harder when you’re a kid. This is why Lilo and Stitch were made for each other.

 

  • Bambi and Thumper
  • Thumper is to Bambi what that kid from kindergarten who offered to sit with you at lunch is to you. When you’re starting out in the world, sometimes you just need one pal to make things okay.

     

  • Tinker Bell with Peter Pan and Periwinkle
  • Tink has come so far over the years! The same girl with friend-jealousy issues (remember the Wendy and Peter brouhaha?) has added a collection of wonderful pals to her crew. Peter will always be her BFF, but now that she’s found her twinsie, Periwinkle, things will never be the same.

     

  • Sully with Mike and Boo
  • Sulley from Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University is the kind of friend we’d all love to have around. He’s dependable, friendly, fun, and covered in fuchsia polka dots. I couldn’t resist including both the team of Mike and Sulley and the adorable pair, Sulley and Boo, in this rundown of my favorite Disney friends.

     

  • Marlin and Dory
  • Remember that time you forgot your best friend’s name every five minutes? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Marlin and Dory remain one of my favorite friend teams in Disney movie history. Lots of people say they’d cross an ocean to help a friend. Dory actually did it.

     

  • Carl and Russell/Kevin and Doug
  • Up is the classic story of the friendship between a young kid and the old guard. And the not-so-classic story of the friendship between a fictional species of bird and a talking dog. Once you make it through the sob-worthy first 15 minutes of this film, Disney treats you to some incredible best friend moments.

     

  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends

    Although some may have chosen Pooh Bear and Christopher Robin, and others may have opted for Roo and his buddy Tigger, I feel like the entire Winnie the Pooh Crew deserves to make the Disney Favorite Friends list. Their personalities complement each other perfectly, and without each other, they wouldn’t be nearly so wonderful.

     

  • Mickey Mouse and Pluto
  • A boy mouse and his dog! Despite interference from chipmunks, Minnie Mouse, a seal in the bathtub, and even that kitten that wormed its way into Mickey’s heart (poor Pluto!), Pluto and Mickey remain the best of friends.

     

  • Penny and Bolt/Mittens and Rhino
  • One of my favorite Disney films, Bolt, is all about friendship and the lengths we’ll go to for our friends. It seemed a natural fit to include Penny and Bolt, but Mittens and Rhino can’t be overlooked. Mittens learns about friendship during her cross-country journey, and Rhino the hamster is her unlikely teacher.

     

  • Woody and Buzz

    Woody and Buzz. Just look at them. Not even a sociopathic teen, a chicken-suit wearing toy collector, a trash incinerator, or a diabolical pink bear that smells like strawberries can come between these two best buds.

     

  • Lightning McQueen and Mater/Luigi and Guido
  • Lightning McQueen and Mater seem to be the natural choice from the Cars franchise to make the favorite friends list, but Luigi and Guido can’t be counted out. As their Uncle Topolino says in Cars 2, “Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro,” or “Whoever finds a friend, finds a treasure.” Bellissimo!

     

  • Merida and Angus
  • When I was an angry, frustrated teenager, I’d jump in my Mustang and ride off, hiding from my family until I’d had time to cool down. When Merida is angry and frustrated, she jumps on her Scottish Clydesdale and rides off, hiding from her family until she’s had time to cool down.

     

  • Mary Poppins and Bert
  • If you’re Mary Poppins, it takes someone absolutely incredible to be worthy of the role of your best friend. Bert fills those shoes perfectly.

     

  • Ralph and Vanellope
  • No one likes Ralph. No one likes Vanellope. It was only natural for them to become the best of buds and race around in their candy car, foiling villainous plots.

     

  • Gus and Jacques
  • Jacques and Gus (Gus Gus!) are two of my absolute favorite Disney friends because they’re adorable, hilarious, and good to their tiny mice cores.

     

  • Dumbo and Timothy
  • Everyone needs a friend who believes in them more than they believe in themselves. For Dumbo, that friend is Timothy Mouse. Timothy persuades Dumbo that he can fly and in Dumbo’s moment of need (dropped feather!), and he’s able to save them both just by being a good friend.

     

  • Mr. Incredible and Frozone
  • Some guys like to hang in their mancave and watch the game with their bros. Some guys like to sit in cars, listen to police scanners, and stop burglaries in progress. Whatever works. Long live the bromance.

     

  • Thomas O’Malley and the Alley Cats
  • Why is Thomas O’Malley one cool cat? Because he’s with the band.

     

  • Ariel and Flounder
  • Life can be difficult when you’re a beautiful young mermaid under the thumb of your over-protective father. Flounder provides Ariel with a listening gill and a fin to cry on whenever she needs it.

     

  • Rapunzel and Pascal

    If you’re headed into a fight, there’s no one better to have your back than a … chameleon? Pascal helps Rapunzel pass her time in the tower and bravely follows her away from the tower as she searches for her true destiny.

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    Favorite Disney Movie Friendships

    It’s time to kick it old school! Join me in the way-back machine as we remember some favorite pals from Disney movies who are worth an honorable mention: Haley Mills and Haley Mills in the original Parent Trap, the kids in Escape to Witch Mountain, the mother/daughter/daughter/mother in the original Freaky Friday, and Herbie and his driver in all the Love Bug movies.

  • Classic Animated Friendships 25 of 25

    Favorite Disney Movie Friendships

    A couple of animated pals from days gone by also deserves an honorable mention: Copper and Tod, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Chip and Dale, Pete and Elliot.

 


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The Physical Basis For Classic Disney Characters

1. Ursula was based on Divine

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The character of Ursula, the villain from The Little Mermaid, is originally based on the ‘sea witch’ character in Hans Christian Andersen’s story of the same title. However, Ursula’s physical appearance in the film was actually based on the curvaceous figure of the famous drag queen Divine, who sadly died while the film was still in production.

2. Pocahontas was based on Irene Bedard

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Pocahontas’ name means Little Mischief in Native American and she’s based on a real historical figure. Her physical appearance however, was modelled after the Native American actress Irene Bedard who also provided Pocahontas’ speaking voice. Her singing voice was provided by Judy Kuhn.

3. Snow White was based on Marge Champion

Snow White was the first and youngest official Disney Princess and provided the basis for later heroines such as Cinderella and Aurora. Snow White’s appearance was inspired by the 30s/40s starlet Marge Bell (who later become known as Marge Champion). Champion also modelled for more Disney films following Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, including Pinocchio and Fantasia.

Fun fact: when it was decided that Snow White’s head should be slightly larger than average, Champion was made to wear a football helmet to make her head bigger. This was stopped after 5 minutes, as Bell found it impossible to act for the animators wearing the headgear.

4. Ariel was based on Alyssa Milano

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The character’s body type and personality were based on Alyssa Milano, who later became famous for her roles in Melrose Place and Charmed. At the time The Little Mermaid was being made Milano starred in the sitcom Who’s the Boss?

The look of Ariel’s flowing hair when underwater was based on Sally Ride (the American physicist and astronaut) in space. Also, Actress Sherri Stoner was used when designing Ariel’s mannerisms. Stoner was also a big inspiration behind Belle – see below!

5. Belle was based on Sherri Stoner

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Sherri Stoner was both an inspiration for Ariel and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Sherri was an employee at Disney, where she worked as a producer and writer on some of their TV shows.

Disney animators who knew her well worked in her little quirks into their drawings such as Belle brushing hair away from her face or Ariel biting her bottom lip. As with Irene Bedard in Pocahontas, Stoner was the animation model for Belle.

6. Chernabog from Fantasia was based on Bela Lugosi

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Bela Lugosi was a Hungarian-American actor, famous for his iconic horror movie roles, most notably Count Dracula in the original 1931 film. For live-action reference, Wilfred Jackson, the director of Night on Bald Mountain, shot footage of actor Lugosi so the animators could study him. Later Jackson scrapped the footage because Lugosi’s movements weren’t quite right. A fellow animator was asked to step in his place.

7. Captain Hook was based on Hans Conried

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Hans Georg Conried was an American comedian and actor who provided the voices of Captain Hook in Walt Disney’s version of Peter Pan. The original plan was for Confried to be as a voice actor only, but he was so compelling in costume that the animators used his look for the character as well.

8. Aladdin was based on Tom Cruise

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The inspiration for Aladdin’s appearance was initially Michael J. Fox, and specifically how he played Marty McFly in Back to the Future, but this later changed to Tom Cruise. The animators felt they needed someone a little more mature and suave – Tom Cruise was their man!

Fun fact: the movement of Aladdin’s loose pants were based on the trousers worn by MC Hammer.

9. The vultures in The Jungle Book were based on The Beatles

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The look of The Vultures, with their mop-top haircuts and Liverpool accents, are a homage to The Beatles. It’s pretty clear that one bird specifically sounds and looks like Ringo Starr. The Vultures were even going to be voiced by The Beatles themselves, or at least that was the plan. The band’s manager, Brian Epstein, approached the Disney studios about having the music icons appear in the film and Disney created the characters specifically to be voiced by them.

However, when Epstein took the idea to the Beatles, John Lennon vetoed the idea ( sad face). When the Beatles declined the project, the song in the film was rewritten for a barbershop quartet to make it more timeless.

10. Peter Pan was based on Bobby Driscoll

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Bobby Driscoll was THE child star of the 1950s, he represented that innocent boyish charm you can see in Peter Pan himself. Driscoll served as an animation model and provided the voice for the title role in Peter Pan (1953). He also starred in “Treasure Planet” as the young Jim Hawkins.

11. The Genie was based on Robin Williams

Robin Williams was the voice of the Genie character, and according to the Aladdin DVD commentary, most of his dialogue was improvised. In the sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, there’s a little homage to Williams – the Genie turns into Mrs. Doubtfire when trying to cheer Jasmine up. More info here

12. Maleficent was based on Eleanor Zellman

Eleanor Zellman was an American actress who lent her voice to radio and television and starred in various TV and film roles. Zellman provided Disney with arguably their most spine-chilling villainess voice: Maleficent.

13. Helene Stanley was the inspiration behind Cinderella, Princess Aurora and more

One of Disney’s most prolific live-action reference models was Helene Stanley who began working for Disney towards the end of her film career. Stanley modelled Cinderella and her stepsister Anastasia, Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and Anita Radcliffe in 101 Dalmatians.

14. Tinker Bell was based on Margaret Kerry

It’s long been rumoured that Peter Pan’s high-tempered pixie pal was based on Marilyn Monroe, however this is just an urban legend. Tinker Bell was actually based on Margaret Kerry who was summoned to audition during the planning stages of the film. During the audition she had to pantomime the motions that would eventually be animated as Tinker Bell. She was successful at the audition and spent the next six months at the Disney Studios on a mostly empty soundstage acting out the part. The studios provided props, notably a giant keyhole mounted on a stand as well as a pair of giant scissors, which you can see in the film when Tinker Bell gets trapped in a jewellery box.

Kerry also provided the basis of the red-haired mermaid in the Neverland lagoon scenes


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