8 Supporting Cartoon Characters That Deserve Their Own Movies

For the last several decades kids have grown up watching their favorite Disney and Pixar movies, falling in love with the characters as the trials and tribulations of their lives play out on the screen. Most of the time the protagonist gets all of the limelight, but they wouldn’t be half of what they are without the supporting characters helping the story along. With that being said, there are definitely some of these supporting characters that deserve their own spin-off movies.

Let’s take a look at 8 of these characters that I would absolutely take my children to the theaters to see take center stage.

Rex is such a lovable character from the Toy Story franchise. His manic personality and unique sense of humor make him one of the more important secondary characters from the series. Imagine where the toys would be if they didn’t have Rex’s pointy tail around to help them escape the garbage bag on route to the end of the driveway.

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I have had to sit through the movie Tangled more times than I can count, I virtually know the characters lines by heart. One of the greatest aspects of the movie is Rapunzel’s silent pet chameleon Pascal. He is hilarious and seems to be one of the smarter characters from the movie. One question that was never answered was how Pascal and Rapunzel came to be such close friends? I can see an epic story coming out of that.  

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Dug is one of the most hilariously written characters in the Disney Pixar universe. He fits perfectly into the story being told in Up, and realistically his jovial and fun loving personality would fit well in any type of story. Frankly, I am surprised that more hasn’t already been done with the character, kids love him.

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The concept behind this movie is truly breathtaking, and even I loved sitting down to watch it. One of the best secondary characters appears when we are introduced to Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong. He is one of the few characters who exists both inside and outside of Riley’s mind, and he is the true hero of the story once he sacrifices himself to ensure that Joy escapes from the Memory Dump. Let’s see a stand alone Bing Bong movie!

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‘Frozen’ Short Film Pulled From Theaters After Backlash From Parents

Parents know that Frozen is a hit with kids worldwide, but many moms and dads are actually celebrating after a new short featuring characters from the movie has been axed.

Last week, audiences rushed to see the new Pixar film Coco, a magical, musical adventure inspired by Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” festivities. The animated family film beat huge superhero movies at the box office, and has raked in more than $100 million nationwide in less than two weeks.

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And while families are falling in love with the flick, parents are sharing their frustration with the Frozen short film that runs before it.

Pixar movies traditionally start with a 10 minute short film that runs before the movie, usually something cheerful and fun to help young kids settle in to the movie-going experience. But the studio’s latest short film, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, rubbed parents the wrong way, and they weren’t afraid to say so.

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So what was so objectionable about the new Frozen short?

8 Cartoons Parents Like Even More Than Their Kids Do

As a parent, I have been subjected to more than my fair share of animated kid’s movies and shows that do nothing but numb my brain into a television induced coma. This is especially true when it comes to some classic animated films.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes one of these movies aimed specifically at kids is just so good, that we as adults can get away with watching it, and enjoying it, as adults even without our children.

If you happen to be a parent in the same boat as me, I assure you that these are worth watching.

This movie was absolutely spectacular. I sat down with my kids when they were already half way through the movie. Once it was finished and I had put my daughters to bed I went back downstairs and started it over from the beginning. I was constantly laughing, the characters are well developed, the story is believable, and the music from this movie is amazing. Even if you don’t have any kids this is worth watching.

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This movie was actually nominated for two academy awards, and those nominations were well deserved. The film’s animation is amazing, the story is great, and the recognizable voices (Craig Ferguson, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, and starring Jay Baruchel make it all the more enjoyable. There is just enough adult humor that the kids won’t understand to have us laughing constantly and the fight scenes are also great. And really, who has never dreamed of riding a dragon?

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Lightening McQueen’s character was written extremely well. You start off hating him but end up going on a roller coaster ride until we can’t help but root for him. The secondary character and the setting make for a very entertaining watch. It plays well on the small-town “hillbilly” attitude as well. I recommend watching movies 1-3 in a single shot, if you have the time for it that is.

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If there was only a single reason to give this movie a watch, is that it has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Movie Award, and the Annie Award for the Best Animated Feature Film. It is a clever movie aimed at looking at the diversity of the world through the journey of the first Bunny Cop on the Zootopia police force. I laughed constantly throughout the movie. I highly recommend this flick for any adult out there.

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