Disney has been bringing their movies and TV shows to our screens for more than 100 years now, with feature films dating all the way back to 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The movies have thankfully grown more diverse in their portrayal of people of different races, classes, and backgrounds, as well as pivoting from more meek and submissive heroines who let the men or magical friends do all the rescuing to ones who stand up for themselves and don't actually need a man to complete them. These are happy developments indeed for those seeking role models and entertainment that will help their children grow in the right sort of direction.
One thing that has not changed, however - besides the excellent and catchy songs in many of the movies - is that Disney heroes are nearly always accompanied by an animal sidekick, even including those heroes who are themselves animals. Even in environments where the presence of an animal would attract all sorts of comment, these protagonists still need someone they can use as a sounding board, and if that someone is cute and either furry, feathered, or scaly, so much the better. How well do you know them?
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