The Princess and the Frog
-- Disney’s glorious return to classic, 2D (musical!) animation -- comes out this week (December 11th). To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to make a list of the Top Ten best Disney villains ever. Yup, this is what I did. I have no shame.
Villains in Disney movies are arguably more important than the main heroes (or heroines) that drive the story. As much as I love Aladdin and Ariel, what kind of movie would Aladdin
and The Little Mermaid
Jafar and Ursula? When new Disney movies come out, people are dying (pun intended) to know whether the movie’s antagonist will join the ranks of the all-time classic
Will evil voodoo priest Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog
be a memorable villain? (From what I hear, the answer is a resounding yes!) I guess we’ll all find out this Friday. We all will
find out, right? You all plan to go and support this movie so more 2D Disney movies are made, right
Here are my picks for the ten best Disney villains ... EVER!
10. The Hunter
The Hunter is barely seen and has a ridiculously small part in Bambi
. But (SPOILER!), he is responsible for shooting poor Bambi’s mom in the face. I actually get teary-eyed every time I think of that tragic scene
. It is one of the saddest and most shocking moments in any movie.
The Hunter is a giant asshole.
is one of the most underrated Disney movies of all time -- it is an absolute masterpiece. And Stromboli is totally underappreciated as the film’s main villain. But think about it. He kidnaps Pinocchio, forces him to star in his puppet show, locks him in a cage, abuses him, and threatens to turn the sad wooden hero into firewood. SO CREEPY!
To this day, no other villain has made me laugh more. James Woods’ performance as Hades in Hercules
is completely classic.
7. Si & Am
(Lady and the Tramp
I had a Siamese cat in college named Oscar and he was the sweetest, cutest cat ever. Si & Am -- the two Siamese cats from Lady and the Tramp
-- are not. They are creepy, unbelievably mean, and kind of a little awesome for it. Also, “We are Siamese if you please ...
6. Cruella de Vil
What a bitch! Seriously. Not only is Cruella de Vil crazy-looking, she actually kills little puppies and uses their skin to make fur coats. She kills puppies and uses their skin to make fur coats!
Out of control.
(The Lion King
Scar is as devious as he is amazing. Never mind the fact that he is voiced by the incomparable Jeremy Irons. Scar is such
an ass to hero Simba (worst uncle EVER!) and he pushes his own brother into a pack of stampeding wildebeests, killing him. And then he blames everything on his own nephew -- a nephew he then tries to murder! God, he is a dick.
(The Little Mermaid
Ursula is evil, don’t get me wrong, but what I love about her the most is her look
. I just adore the fact that she is an octopus -- the way her eight tentacles slither and crawl around her throughout the entire movie is ridiculously cool and super creepy. Ursula also excels as Vanessa, the human form she takes when she tries to seduce Prince Eric.
For a skinny, weak vizier to the Sultan of Agrabah, Jafar is a badass. He does whatever he can do destroy Aladdin and marry Jasmine. And while that would normally make me hate him, he does it with such style and ... badass-ness
that I can’t help but admire the guy. Plus, the red genie he turns into at the end of Aladdin
is the best final form of any Disney villain since ...
Out of all the Disney villains, Maleficent may be the most “classic.” As just mentioned, her final villain form is ridiculously amazing. She turns into a huge, towering dragon that really is one of the coolest things of all time. Maleficent also just looks
cool, with her horned headpiece and magical staff/raven accessory. There is a reason she is the primary villain in PlayStation 2 classic Kingdom Hearts
(Beauty and the Beast
Although Disney villains are awesome, most of them are given less than exciting songs (if any song at all). That is completely not the case with Gaston -- his rousing, hilarious theme
may be the best song in masterpiece Beauty and the Beast
(“And every last inch of me’s covered with hair!” is the best line from any Disney song).
But even looking past that, Gaston is still the greatest villain of all time. He is smarmy, ruthless, rude, vicious, and heartless all at the same time. He is such a cocky bastard ... but I love him for it. Gaston will always be Disney’s biggest douchebag. He has moments that will make you laugh, and others that will genuinely terrify you.
So, what do you think? Do you agree with my picks? Who are your favorite Disney villains of all time? THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ONES!
And remember to go see The Princess and the Frog
this Friday (12/11)! Let’s all support this wonderful movie and make sure the era of classic Disney 2D animation never comes to an end.