Toon Talk Special: Go the Distance: Disney's 50 Greatest Heroes (Part 1 of 2)
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Many a Disney hero are of the four-legged and furry kind. Here is the best of the bunch.
The ol' yellow dog that insinuates his way into the home and hearts of the Coates family turns out to be quite the scrapper, tangling with wild pigs and rapid wolves. It is this last encounter that leads to his tearful, infamous fate. Nevertheless, in the end, there is no doubt he is a true hero.
All this scrappy little pine squirrel wants is to live her life in peace, gathering nuts and tending to her treetop home. Alas, hungry predators and a raging forest fire threaten her very existence, challenges she faces with bravery belying her tiny size.
BODGER, LUATH and TAO
And an incredible journey it indeed was. This odd trio of house pets - old bull terrier Bodger, young Golden Retriever Luath and Siamese cat Tao - find themselves separated from their loving owners. The only thing left for them to do is set out on the danger-fraught cross-country path home.
These guys are just your average Joes with a job to do. Extraordinary circumstances arise, and they have a chance to prove how above average they truly are.
A stand-in for author Farley Mowat, Tyler at first does not appear to be your typical hero (with his nerdish demeanor, he is more like your typical accountant). Given the seemingly impossible assignment to track and study wild wolves in the Great North, he strives - and thrives, finding strength and inspiration from his noble prey.
Just what makes this little ol' ant think he can save his colony from a marauding horde of grasshoppers? Unlimited pluck and an uncanny inventive nature, that's what. Sure, he mistakenly enlists a flea circus instead of "warrior bugsâ€?, but it is he who hatches the plan that ultimately saves the day.
THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER
He is just a one-footed foot soldier (under one foot tall, mind you) doing his duty - and falling for the beautiful ballerina. Then along comes the lecherous Jack-in-the-Box, who kidnaps his girl and sends him plummeting into the sewer. With a lot of guts (and a little bit of luck), he fights his way back to defeat the wretch.
An expert in ancient languages, Milo sets out on an adventure of a lifetime when he is recruited to join a dangerous mission to the legendary lost continent of Atlantis. When the subterranean civilization is discovered, Milo rises to the occasion, but his hidden heroism is truly tested when the true nature of the journey is revealed.