Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
We all know that Disney and Dreamworks are capable of creating some stunning cartoon beauties - take the classic princesses such as Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Princess Jasmine (Aladdin) and Ariel (The Little Mermaid), for example. Not to mention the obsession from many men with Jessica Rabbit.
But what about the huge group of non-human characters? How do the Disney artists manage to animate cats, dogs, mice, and rabbits to be beautiful (and even attractive) to its millions of fans? Here is a compiled list of some of the cutest and prettiest female non-human cartoon characters that have appeared in Disney movies.
1. Lady (Lady and the Tramp)
This adorable cocker spaniel appeared on the big screen in 1955. As a lovable house dog with a brand new collar, she meets and loses her heart to a street mongrel, the Tramp.
As this was written and animated in the fifties, Lady is not only beautiful but holds that innocent and rather damsel-in-distress air that makes you want to protect her. Long eyelashes, her floppy ears acting as thick red hair, and her soft, sweet voice makes her a must on this list. Aww!
2. Miss Bunny (Bambi)
A lesser character in 1942 cartoon Bambi, Miss Bunny is one of the cutest non-human characters in the earlier Disney movies. She appears in the film in order to seduce the adult rabbit, Thumper, sort of as a metaphor that Bambi is losing his childhood friends while they go off and get married.
Miss Bunny is chubby, fluffy and adorable, and with her sweet singing, Thumper is unable to resist to her charms. Sooo cute!
3. Jenna (Balto)
All right, 1995's Balto isn't a Disney movie (it belongs to Universal Pictures) but it wouldn't have felt right if I didn't include Jenna.
A fascination of Steele, the bad guy, and a love interest for Balto from the start, Jenna is not only a gorgeous doggie but smart, brave, and caring, too. She loves her owner, Rosy, and worries about her when she's sick. Jenna definitely belongs on this list, and the artist who designed her has a fantastic gift for making dogs look attractive!
4. The Female Squirrel (The Sword in the Stone)
Although she was never given a name, it is hard to forget this sweet little squirrel from The Sword in the Stone. She falls in love with Arthur as he and Merlin are experimenting with magic and become squirrels for the day.
A sweet redhead and cheeky, this squirrel follows Arthur round for a while, rescues him from the pursuit of a hungry wolf, and when he becomes human again, she is left crying and heartbroken. It is well-known as one of the saddest non-death scenes in Disney.
For a squirrel, she sure is cute. It's a pity we didn't see more of her the movie.
5. Maid Marian (Robin Hood)
Maid Marian is Robin Hood's love interest, and with her pretty dress, long lashes and humble personality, she deserves a place in this list of Disney's cutest non-human ladies.
6. Nala (The Lion King)
The Lion King (1994) is arguably the best movie Disney has ever produced, and who can forget Nala, Simba's best friend and later love interest, as one of the prettiest non-human characters?
She's extremely brave and logical, too, making her even more likable. How did the animator make her so pretty? We don't know, but we're not complaining.
7. Miss Biana (The Rescuers)
The Rescuers (1977) and The Rescuers Down Under (1990) are some of those movies that are almost impossible to forget. Miss Bianca is a passionate and charming Hungarian mouse who twice saves innocent children from abuse and untimely death.
Bianca is so sweet and pretty that by the end of the first movie, her friend Bernard is completely head-over-heels in love with her. This list wouldn't have been complete without this adorable little mouse.
Disney continues to rule the world on popular, memorable movies, taking the world by storm with hugely successful pictures such as The Lion King, Moana, and Frozen. Which character is your favourite?
© 2016 Poppy
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on February 06, 2019:
I wonder why you couldn't comment on my other ones? Thank you for posting here though! Lady is so cute.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 06, 2019:
I couldn't really comment on any of your gaming hubs...luckily I found this one. Lady is easily first....she has been one of my favorite animated characters for a long, long, long time. Fun topic...glad I found this one.
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on February 22, 2018:
Yes, it says so in the article. "All right, 1995's Balto isn't a Disney movie (it belongs to Universal Pictures) but it wouldn't have felt right if I didn't include Jenna."
gy on February 22, 2018:
Balto isn't a disney movie.
Tom on September 28, 2016:
I always loved both of the rescuers movies, I'm glad to see they made an impression with someone else!