The main heroes in Disney films are great and all, but, have you ever just fallen in love with a sidekick or a villain? (I know I have!)
Their humor, courage, and passion are only a few of the reasons these 13 Disney characters and groups of characters deserve to get the star treatment with their own spin-off or standalone movies.
“Honey, where is my super suit?!” has easily become one of the most iconic lines in Pixar‘s history. And, while we’ve gotten a little history to Bob and Helen‘s relationship during The Incredibles, the audience has never really heard much about Lucius and Honey‘s backstory. (We haven’t even really seen Honey, other than some concept art that was never used in The Incredibles 2!) Wouldn’t it be great to learn about how Lucius used his powers before he was Frozone, how he met Honey, and the story about why Honey hates his super suit sooo much?!
2) Grandma Fa
Mulan’s grandmother may only have a fraction of the screen time during the film, but she is one of the best characters without a doubt. I want to know everything about that woman — where she came from, how she grew up, and how many times she has walked into a busy intersection blindfolded.
During Hercules, Hades narrates Meg‘s backstory about how she sacrificed herself for her lover, who turned his back on her. I think playing this story up on the big screen as a prequel would be AH-MAZING, while also adding in some of Hercules from her point of view. How has her relationship with Hades changed over the years? Did she ever see her ex again? Bring back Meg, Disney!! (And, give her a killer new dress while you’re at it.)
4) Cobra Bubbles
He never said no to killing someone, you guys. What has Cobra Bubbles done with his life?! I need ALL the details!! This CIA agent spent most of his life secretly working for the government, but then in Lilo and Stitch, he moved on to a career as a social worker (wait, whaaat?). He’s still got those connections, though, because aliens don’t even surprise him in the LEAST bit. I think Disney fans everywhere need a movie about Cobra’s alien adventures, honestly.
5) Flynn Rider
The thief turned heartthrob grew up in an orphanage and then somehow was designated the job to steal the Lost Princess’s crown. Umm, there’s a big gap of time that REALLY has me curious as to how little sweet Eugene Fitzherbert became a (very attractive) criminal. Also, I would love to know stories about Flynn and Maximus getting into trouble around the Kingdom of Corona and Rapunzel catching them in their shenanigans. (And, they can call it The Tales of Flynnigan Rider! I’ll be waiting for my paycheck, Disney.)
While many of you may not be aware of Ursula‘s backstory, we’ve gotten snippets of it over the past few years with The Little Mermaid Broadway Musical, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, and Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch novel. What we know so far in these versions is that Ursula had a sister named Morgana, that she was Triton‘s sister and received half the ocean when their father died, and that she had a deeper involvement with witches where her powers stemmed from. Despite all the ideas floating around about Ursula, I would LOVE to see a canon film about the origins of the Sea Witch (and how she learned all those fab makeup skills underwater).
7) Dr. Facilier
He’s got friends on the other side. But, how exactly did he get them in The Princess and the Frog? Was Dr. Facilier always involved in voodoo, or did something in life spark his need to dive deeper into dark magic? I have sooo many questions for Disney about who Dr. Facilier is, how he got his totem, and what other people he’s tricked into doing his dirty work. I NEED ANSWERS (and more great, jazzy songs)!!
8) Mother Gothel
Like Ursula, Mother Gothel has her own novel titled Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch. However, while this book has the idea that Gothel was a witch that used the magical flower to save her sisters, I’m not so sure Disney would take that route in a canon film. The reason many fans (including myself) love the villainess is just how selfish, ruthless, and wicked she is. Wouldn’t a new version of Gothel’s story be interesting about her life pre-flower, how she discovered its magical qualities, and how she was able to raise Rapunzel without her “daughter” finding out the truth?
Ever wonder how Scar got his scar? Yeah, SAME! Mufasa and Scar have a rich history that would be so interesting to dive into. Did they grow up together? Was Scar closer to Mufasa’s father? What was it like for Scar to always be in the shadows of his pride, and what was the breaking point for him? This is The Lion King movie we really need right now.
9) The Haunted Mansion Ghosts
Ghost stories are some of my favorites, especially if they are from the haunts at the Haunted Mansion! While I love The Haunted Mansion movie from 2003, I have always thought that it would be interesting to dive deeper into the characters the name attractions provides. How did Madame Leota become a fortune teller, stuck in her crystal ball?
Did Constance Hatchaway ever get caught for her crimes against her ex-husbands? Where were the Hitchhiking Ghosts going when they died? Will Disney ever make this movie?!
10) Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat
“You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” Alice couldn’t have been more right about two of the best characters in Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. Personally, I looovvee the history the live-action films bring to the characters, fleshing out who they are apart from Alice’s tale.
But, I demand MORE. I would love to see how Cheshire Cat came into existence and exactly how the Hatter went mad. Besides, wouldn’t you love to know how their first tea party together went?
11) The Lost Boys
While I could rant to you guys about how good the Peter and the Starcatchers series is at explaining how the Lost Boys got to Neverland, I’ll just tell you that it makes me feel more adamantly that they deserve their own movie. These boys are not just their animal costumes! Cubby doesn’t just carry a cub! Slightly just doesn’t know how to shoot a slingshot! And, why haven’t they aged, even though they don’t have powers like Peter Pan?! We need a Neverland movie soon with all the answers!!
12) Oogie Boogie and Lock, Shock, and Barrel
The Pumpkin King may be the ruler of Halloween Town, but Oogie Boogie certainly has quite the influence in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Maybe it’s just my obsession with the Tim Burton film, but I can’t help but question why Oogie Boogie is locked down below ground. Why he isn’t a part of the Halloween Town citizens? What did he do to get himself banished like that?
Also, how in the world was he able to reel in Lock, Shock, and Barrel to do his dirty work?? Do the citizens of Halloween Town know about their dedication to Oogie Boogie, or are they just completely oblivious to the cute kid act? AND, where did their masks come from?! I just have so many burning questions that need to be answered in another stop-motion film.
Maybe we should send this list to the folks over at Walt Disney Studios, so they’ve got a few ideas! (;
What of these character films would you like to see the most? Are there any other characters you think should have their own movies? Let us know in the comments below!
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