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Too Cute to Handle! Disney’s Cutest Character Creations

Disney has produced plenty of cute character creations over the years. Some of these irresistible cuties were first introduced to us in movies while others came on the scene via television shows. Some sprung into being by way of another form of original Disney entertainment/park introduction altogether. One thing that can’t be denied, though, is their unanimous standing for being absolutely adorable! While it can be argued that the majority of characters produced by and affiliated with Disney are very loveable in deed, there are still those that tickle us with their adorableness more so than others. Here’s a list of some of Disney’s favorite character creations that are just too cute to handle!

27. Duffy the Bear

This cuddly teddy bear is a unique example of a beloved Disney character that didn’t get his start in movies or television. Duffy first emerged on the scene as a direct product of Disney Parks, having originally been created for the Once Upon A Toy store in Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) back in 2002. Since then, he has made the move to EPCOT and later gained popularity at other Disney destinations, including Tokyo DisneySea and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The original story behind Duffy’s creation was that Tinker Bell formed him after giving Mickey’s face to a faceless teddy bear. But the more recent and more popular backstory is that Minnie presented Mickey with a teddy bear (in a duffel bag) to have with him on his travels so that he wouldn’t get lonely. Whatever your experience with Duffy may be, you can’t deny that he’s downright adorable!

26. Lucky the Dinosaur

This other cutie creature creation without ties to any former Disney movies, television, or other forms of entertainment was a marvel in innovation when conjured up by Imagineers back in 2005. As Disney’s first-ever free-roving audio-animatronic dinosaur, Lucky stands at an impressive eight feet in height but denotes a gentle and compassionate persona only highlighted further by the flower cart he pulls along behind him (which is secretly the source of power for his movements and vocalizations). While eight feet may not be very large in comparison to bigger and often times less approachable prehistoric creatures of the day, Lucky remains a sweet Segnosaurus—loved by all who have ever had the privilege of making his acquaintance. Lucky made his debut at Disney’s California Adventure Park, later making the trek to DinoLand U.S.A. at Animal Kingdom Park in Disney World. He later ventured over to Hong Kong Disney and has, on occasion, made special appearances at other venues (Disney and non-Disney alike). He still operates in his entirety, most recently interacting with those pursuing Backstage Magic Tours through Adventures By Disney.

25. Arlo

Another prehistoric cutie not to be overlooked is Arlo from the 2015 Disney·Pixar film The Good Dinosaur. Of course there are plenty of other adorable key players here as well, including Spot—the unintentional trouble-causing cave boy Arlo eventually befriends and serves as somewhat of a mentor and guide to.

24. Snowgies

Who would have thought snot could be so cute? Yet that’s the case with the Snowgies, alternately known as “Snow-Babies.” Having first been introduced in Disney’s Frozen-themed short Frozen Fever, these snuggly little snowmen were born from Elsa’s uncontrollable urge to sneeze throughout the short, with more and more being sneezed into existence as a result. Also note that these tiny balls of fluffy snow make an appearance in Frozen II.

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23. Baby Groot

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that “Groot” rhymes with “cute,” because this alien tree creature and last surviving member of the Flora Colossi from Guardians of the Galaxy certainly fits the bill. This is especially true when we get to see him in his more infantile form—appearing as Baby Groot. Either way, with his adorable nature and persistent echoing of “I am Groot,” he might as well be saying “I am cute.”

22. Rocket Raccoon

Groot isn’t the only cutie to be featured in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Rocket Raccoon is pretty downright adorable himself, if we do say so. From his superior smarts to cunning skills as a marksman, stellar technical know-how to credentials as a field commander and aviator, Rocket Raccoon would have all the same qualities of those stereotypical, faultfinding snobs an audience is traditionally conditioned to hate, except for the fact he’s just too likeable for all that! Even though his many attributes plunge way further than what’s skin-deep (or in his case fur-deep), it can be argued that his ultimate crowning glory is his outward, conventional appearance as a cuddly, loveable raccoon after all.

21. Meeko

While we’re on the topic of raccoons we have to give credit for cuteness to another cuddly character creation of Disney origin—Meeko. Featured in the animated 1995 release of Disney’s Pocahontas, Meeko is the primary animal friend and companion of the title character. His traits are pretty traditional to those of typical raccoons, as he loves food and snatching whatever he can get his little raccoon hands on. In addition to Meeko, there are several other cuties in the animal world of Pocahontas we have to give a nod to, including Flit the hummingbird and Percy, the pug dog.

20. Abu

Pocahontas isn’t the only wild child running about with an adorable mischief-causing animal companion. Aladdin can also lay claim to that form of fame in considering his friend and ally Abu. Appearing in both the cartoon as well as the live-action film adaptations of Disney’s Aladdin, Abu is a cute little capuchin monkey running about sporting a traditional fez hat and vest. Despite his inability to kick the habit of kleptomania, Abu remains a loveable, irresistible sweetie you just want to cuddle.

19. Finnick

It’s difficult to single out the cuties in a movie that’s just full of them—particularly one like Zootopia where both the leading protagonists (Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde) achieve outstanding marks in adorability. But there is one sassy scammer we can’t overlook in this category—Finnick the fennec fox. Fellow sly partner-in-crime to Nick, Finnick is a seasoned con artist in playing the part of Nick’s innocent young son, often donning an elephant costume while sucking on a pacifier. But don’t let the disguise fool you! From his obvious Napoleon complex and bad attitude to his stellar hustling abilities, even knowing what Finnick is all about upfront can’t stop you from letting him worm his way into your affections.

18. Stitch

We’ve found that many of Disney’s more mischievous characters tend to have the quality of adorability working in their favor. This is most definitely the case with Stitch from Disney’s 2002 animated film Lilo & Stitch. Alternately known as Experiment 262, it’s hard to believe that this little cutie was the result of an illegal genetic experiment involving extraterrestrial life and intended for mass destruction. And while he can be a bit of a stinker at times, Stitch is a loveable sweetie you can’t resist wanting to hug.

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17. The Child (Baby Yoda)

As we continue on the theme of extraterrestrial cuties, we can’t forget about The Child from the Disney+ original Star Wars-themed series The Mandalorian. Sometimes referred to as “Baby Yoda,” The Child offers us a look into how the original sagely Yoda we’ve come to know and respect from the Star Wars franchise must have looked in his more juvenile years. They are, after all, of the same unnamed alien species. And while we can’t deny that the antiquated Yoda is pretty cute in his own way (wrinkles and all), we can’t help smiling when we think of Baby Yoda.

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16. Porgs

There are plenty of other adorable aliens not to be overlooked when taking stock of the Star Wars universe. The Porg species of seabirds, native to the planet of Ahch-To is one excellent example. With looks that are a little similar to penguins but still uniquely individualized, these stocky critters sport two wings, beakless faces, webbed feet, and enormous eyes that are irresistibly, undeniably cute.

15. Huey, Dewey, and Louie

Disney’s duck creations are all downright adorable. And as more expansions into the world of Duckburg and its many residents began to emerge with DuckTales comics and cartoons so came the emergence of even more cute character developments into the nature of Huey, Dewey, and Louie. When they first started appearing in Disney Donald Duck shorts much earlier on, these troublemaking and often times undisciplined young nephews of Donald warmed the hearts of many fans, despite their antics. Their likeability is what initially led them to continue to appear in various other shorts, specials, and spinoffs. But their most notable break came by way of DuckTales. This series paved the way for other young cuties as well, including Webby Vanderquack—better known as Webby, who plays an important role in both the 1987 DuckTales series as well as the 2017 reboot.

14. Chip

We don’t often think of dishes and kitchen utensils as being cute, but we’ve got to hand it Chip from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for scoring high marks in adorability. Perhaps it’s because he was really just a cute kid long before being transformed into a tiny little teacup. Whatever the reason, it’s undeniable that Chip is a chip off the block of cuteness in both of Disney’s film adaptations.

13. Dot

The 1998 Disney·Pixar film A Bug’s Life is admittedly one of those films that get overlooked when contending with other more popular hits. Therefore, it’s understandable if you need a reminder about one of the film’s cutest little crawly critters—Dot. Appearing as a freckle-faced young ant, Princess Dot is the second daughter of the Queen Ant, and she’s just as cute as a bug!

12. Baby Pegasus

Disney’s 1997 animated movie Hercules introduced young viewers to many mythological creatures they many not have ever heard of prior to the film’s release. One such popular beast is Pegasus, who has since become one of the most well known mythological creatures of all time. And while we’re not denying that a horse with wings is adorable at any age, Disney’s depiction of Baby Pegasus in this film is enough to put anyone in the mood to cuddle.

11. Oliver

In continuation of the theme of adorable animals, we can’t deny that Disney has produced plenty of animal-centric films over the decades that feature numerous character ensembles of cuteness.  And more times than not, these films make it difficult to choose just one cutie. For example, we’d be hard-pressed to find just one pick of the litter in a film like The Aristocats. Furthermore, if we tried to list all the cuties from 101 Dalmatians we’d be well into the three digits! Lady and the Tramp leads to impossible decision-making as well! But when we look at a movie like Oliver and Company, it’s easy to single out the protagonist kitten Oliver as the contender for cuteness. Here you have a sweet young orphan kitty looking for love. It’s enough to make you want to scoop little Oliver up in a warming embrace!

10. Nemo

Cute undersea creatures are in abundance in the 2003 Pixar film Finding Nemo. But in keeping things simple, we have to give the ultimate prize in adorableness to the title character—Nemo. Who can resist a juvenile clownfish, lost and trying to find his way back home?

9.  Flounder

Another cutie swimming about the seas of Disney is Flounder the fish from the 1989 animated hit The Little Mermaid. A best buddy to Ariel, Flounder proves to be a loyal friend and companion, even sticking by Ariel whatever adventures may come. While sometimes hesitant and teased about being a “guppy” at times, Flounder never flounders in the friendship category, which just adds to his overall adorable appeal.

8. Pua

Beyond the deep seas, cuteness can be found along the tropical shores of the South Pacific in Disney’s 2016 animated film Moana. While Heihei the chicken, who stays by the title character’s side through much of the movie is surely cute, there is another adorable darling that has far less screen time but is just as endearing—Pua. Even though this little piggy prefers keeping on firm ground throughout the film, he remains a popular favorite character you can’t resist the urge to hug.

7. Cinderella’s mice

Cinderella’s mouse friends are presented as adorable furry favorites in the original animated classic as well as the more recent 2015 live-action version of the film. While the latter presents them as realistic mice (and adorable ones at that!) the animated version gives these characters more personality and the ability to speak. On top of that, they also don their own stylish clothing. From Gus to Jaq, or one of Cinderella’s many other animal companions, cuteness is very much integrated into the overall Cinderella theme.

6. Bambi and friends

The title deer protagonist of this beloved animated Disney classic from 1942 has us all “fawning” over him. Who can deny the cute quality of a sweet little baby deer with spots? But Bambi isn’t the only cutie roaming around the forest. Thumper, Bambi’s rabbit friend, is pretty loveable too. So is Flower the skunk.

5. Bruni

Disney’s Frozen franchise has introduced us to plenty of cuties through the years. We’ve already mentioned the Snowgies previously, and it goes without saying that characters like Olaf the snowman and Sven the reindeer, who have been part of the character ensemble from the very first film, sport undeniable adorability. But the newest cutie to join the ranks is Bruni. This tiny little salamander that makes his home in the Enchanted Forest likes to keep things hot with his elemental spirit powers of producing fire. But even if he didn’t have such a “warming” persona, his cuddly appeal is enough to thaw any heart.

 

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4. Pascal

Another little lizard to step into the limelight of cuteness is Pascal from Disney’s animated 2010 hit Tangled. As a chameleon with the ability to change colors frequently, one thing that never changes about Pascal is his overall cuteness, which knows no limits.

3. Dumbo

Elephants are always adorable, but there’s an extra element of irresistible cuteness that comes with extra large ear size. Just look at Dumbo from the 1941 animated film of the same name. And let’s not forget about the cute carryover in the 2019 live-action adaptation as well. There’s no denying it—this flying floppy-eared baby elephant is one for the books.

2. Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse

Donald isn’t the only one with cute nephews. Mickey Mouse has two twin cuties to his credit as well. While far less people are familiar with Morty and Ferdie, they’ve actually been around for quite a while, at least since 1932 with the publishing of the Sunday morning comic strip titled Mickey’s Nephews. Their first known screen appearance was in the 1934 cartoon Mickey’s Steamroller, but their most notable appearance comes with Mickey’s A Christmas Carol in which Morty takes on the role of Tiny Tim Cratchit and Ferdie is credited with the “not-named-on-screen” Peter Cratchit.

1. Pluto

As Mickey’s faithful and loveable pet dog, Pluto is without a doubt one of the cutest original Disney character creations. While the other members making up Disney’s Fab Five are undeniably adorable, there’s just something about Pluto’s traditional doggie tactics and lack of anamorphic capability that endears him most in the hearts of longtime Disney fans.

In addition to all those we have profiled, there are plenty of other adorable characters Disney has played an active role in establishing. From those roaming the savanna in The Lion King to others running wild in the Jungle Book, spinoff character buddies to previously mentioned cuties to lively toys like those playing around in the Hundred Acre Wood and appearing in the Toy Story franchise, we couldn’t list every single one even if we tried. All the same, Disney is renowned for producing a vast and versatile ensemble of cuties you just can’t help but love.

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