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Toon Talk Special: Go the Distance: Disney's 50 Greatest Heroes (Part 2 of 2)
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by Kirby Holt (archives)
May 4, 2007
Kirby is back with another Toon Talk Special. This time he runs down his list of Disney's 50 all-time greatest heroes (Part 2 of 2)
Toon Talk: Disney Film and DVD Reviews
by Kirby C. Holt

A Toon Talk Special:


Part 2 of 2

And now back to the countdown of the Disney’s finest heroes … (click here for Part 1).


Don’t think that these future kings take they’re roles for granted. If anything, they have even more to prove.


Film: Bambi (1942)
Voice Actor: John Sutherland
Directing Animators: Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston
Sidekicks: Thumper and Flower
DVD: Available

After this fledgling Great Prince of the Forest reaches adulthood, he is face with such challenges as a thuggish rival for his fair Faline and, deadliest of all, the ultimate threat to his woodland kingdom: man.


Film: Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Voice Actor: Bill Shirley
Directing Animator: Milt Kahl
Sidekicks: His faithful horse Samson
Quote: “Oh, but we have met before … once upon a dream.?
DVD: Available

The most proactive of Disney’s fairy tale princes, this one doesn’t just show up in the final reel to plant the kiss of life on his chosen maiden. When his princess succumbs to her endless sleep, he springs into action, facing off with a vicious fire-breathing dragon.


Film: The Lion King (1994)
Voice Actor: Matthew Broderick
Supervising Animator: Ruben Aquino
Sidekicks: Timon and Pumbaa
Heroic Anthem: “I’m gonna be a mighty king, so enemies beware!?
Quote: “I know what I have to do, but going back will mean facing my past. I’ve been running from it for so long …?
DVD: Available

Made to think that he was responsible for his father’s tragic death, this young cub retreats to a life of leisure - basically turning into the proverbial cowardly lion. Alas, when destiny calls, he finds the courage within to return home and face his demons … and his past.