Disney is known for creating memorable characters, and has been doing it for decades. From the earliest loveable depictions of what would become Mickey Mouse to the characters being created today by the special effects magic at Walt Disney Animation Studios, the list of adorable Disney creations is longer than Rapunzel’s hair. So, let us narrow it down for you! Here are some of Disney’s cutest character creations of all time. But there are bound to be a few we’ve missed. Which adorable characters would top your list?
1. The Child
Call him Baby Yoda. Or the Child. Or by his real name, revealed at long last: Grogu. No matter what you call him, there’s no denying that the adorable star of The Mandalorian has captured all of our hearts. Whether it’s those huge inquisitive eyes, his adorable toddler babble, or his penchant for getting into trouble, we’ve fallen hard for this mysterious and powerful little guy! He’s brought to life through a combination of puppetry and animatronics, with a dash of CGI thrown in, and we just can’t get enough.
Technically speaking, the character of Baymax in Disney’s Big Hero Six isn’t even alive, but that doesn’t stop him from earning serious cute points. In fact, we can’t think of many Disney characters more lovable than this robotic personal healthcare companion! With his gentle demeanor, constant attempts to make people feel better, and his endearingly fluffy inflatable body, Baymax feels like the big, warm hug that – let’s face it – we could all use.
Speaking of warm hugs, our next cutie is self-proclaimed warm hug lover Olaf, from Disney’s Frozen. Originally created by Elsa and Anna when they were kids, we’re glad he returns as a fully-formed character – if one whose body parts are constantly falling off and being reassembled – later in the film! Olaf embodies innocence and love, and the joy he finds in everything can’t help but make you smile.
Inanimate objects don’t typically make for cute character creations, but in the case of Chip from Disney’s classic film Beauty and the Beast, the appeal is undeniable! With his cheerful demeanor and his signature chip, this is one endearing little enchanted teacup. We love that he’s not just an adorable face – he’s also brave, and plays a key role in saving Belle and her father.
While Jasmine’s pet tiger, Rajah, is also pretty adorable, Abu takes the cake for cutest animal sidekick in Disney’s animated film Aladdin. Despite – or perhaps because of – his tendency towards kleptomania and innocently wreaking havoc wherever he goes, we love this cheeky little capuchin monkey. Whether he’s chattering away, stealing food or jewels, or being turned into an elephant by the Genie, he’s always a loyal friend to Aladdin.
6. Baby Groot
Who’d have thought a tree would end up being one of the cutest ever Disney creations? Even in adult form, Groot (of Guardians of the Galaxy fame) is pretty adorable, but when his offspring appeared in baby form in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we were definitely hooked. With a penchant for dancing obliviously while chaos ensues around him, Baby Groot is playful, innocent and uninhibited – and downright hilarious.
7. Baby Pegasus
Full disclosure: when I was young, the pet I wanted most was a flying horse. It took a few years, but Disney’s animated film Hercules brought us just that! While seen as an adult in most of the film, it’s really baby Pegasus that steals our hearts at the beginning of the movie. Created out of clouds as a friend for baby Hercules, Pegasus is undeniably adorable. And that head butt greeting? Too. Cute. It’s enough to make even adult me want a flying horse as a pet.
These guys sure know how to milk a cameo. Appearing briefly in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, these playful, curious little sea birds were a hit even before the movie was released! While they’re delightful to watch, their existence serves a purpose in the film that might surprise you. Skellig Michael, the rocky Irish island setting for Ahch-To, has a significant puffin population; as it turns out, it’s nearly impossible to physically remove puffins, and digitally erasing them takes a lot of time. Thus, porgs were born, to digitally replace all of the puffins in the scene!