They're the reason to cheer or the inspiration for a jeer—and nobody does them better than Disney.
As long as there have been animated films, there have been heroes (and heroines) and villains. It's the basis for the artform. Usually built on the backs of fairytales, themselves harbingers of the whole good vs. evil ideal, cartoons can often make human version of their good guys and bad guys look tame by comparison.
Nowhere is this more true than in the cannon of those famed managers of intense marketing, The Walt Disney Company. From the moment it set the standard for feature length pen and ink epics, it offered up both the sublime (Snow White) and the sinister (the Wicked Queen). Throughout their history, they have continued to use said formula, sometimes switching up the standards so that both men and women wear equally nice/naughty regalia. As a matter of fact, some of our most famous film faces come from these movies, be they memorable (Monstro the Whale, Ursula the Sea Witch) or minor (Governor Ratcliffe, Prince John).
Now, with the company releasing a quintet of titles on Blu-ray (Tarzan, Hercules, The Three Musketeers, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks), we thought we'd go over the entirety of the House of Mouse catalog and pick out our five favorite friends and foes. Granted, considering the size of the inventory being discussed, we could create a top 50. The World that Walt created is just so gosh-darn good at such narrative dynamics. As a matter of fact, there was a time not so long ago when, in the spirit of James Bond, critics would compliment and/or condemn a Disney film based solely on the quality of the villain. While such standards have since been reconsidered and rejected, it's still a safe bet that any studio classic is considered such because of a great hero or a boisterous baddie, or both.
The Top 5 Heroes / Heroines