Dogs have been a part of film and television for as long as the industry has been around. Dogs are beloved companions, loyal friends and beloved pets for millions of people around the world. It is therefore no surprise that the Walt Disney Company, famous for its family-friendly television shows and movies, should create many films which feature dogs as primary or otherwise beloved characters. Disney has made both live action and animated films featuring dogs. Let’s take a look at the top rankings of Disney’s animated dogs.
‘Nana’ from Peter Pan
Nana, who appears in Disney’s animated version of Peter Pan, is a Saint Bernard who acts as the nanny of the three Darling children. Nana is not only a watch dog, but she is capable of feeding the children, getting them dressed, and tucking them into bed. Children who watched Peter Pan at a young age are no doubt envious that they, too, don’t have a dog for their nanny!
The 101 Dalmatians from ‘101 Dalmatians’
101 Dalmatians features—as you might expect—101 Dalmatians. There are many different dog characters in the film, all of whom are enjoyed by audiences for a number of different reasons; the most popular characters are, of course, the Dalmatians themselves. From the courageous father Pogo to the curious Patches, the 101 Dalmatians from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians have something for just about everyone. The film was so popular that it was adapted into a live action feature film, which starred Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil. The live action received mixed reviews, but the animated dogs will certainly be a mainstay in the hearts of audiences for years to come.
‘Copper’ from the Fox and the Hound
The Fox and the Hound is one of Disney’s more tragic animated films; it tells the story of a pet Fox named Todd and a dog named Copper who becomes the best of friends when they are young. As they grow older, however, Copper and Todd must deal with the fact that each are expected to grow into their proper roles—Copper as a hunting dog and Todd as a wild fox. Copper is both a loveable and tragic figure in the film, and at turns audiences both cheer his friendship with Todd and lament that he must be a hunting dog, regardless of his earlier relationship and bond with Todd.
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