S3E2: Last week, Parks and Recreation delivered a fine season premiere. It had all the right pieces -- domineering Leslie, slacker Tom, dimwit Andy, and after all, we were introduced to the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. But looking back on "Go Big or Go Home," I probably thought the episode was a little better than it actually was. The reason? Simply, "The Flu." The most recent installment of Parks and Rec showcased itself at its finest, giving each of its characters unforgettable moments to further prove that when it's on its game, it's is one of the finest comedies on television.
"I think my allergies are acting up. I've already vomited like five times today."
Pawnee's sick with the flu. And unfortunately for Leslie, although she doesn't believe it and calls her symptoms "allergies," that means she's sick with the flu. Now, anyone else with this type of illness would take some time off from work, but not Leslie, who is, as we all know, the definition of a workaholic. She's preparing her presentation to the Chamber of Commerce. The goal? Try and get at least 80 businesses to help with the Harvest Festival. It's a daunting task, Leslie always loves a good daunting task. Unfortunately though, she's sick as a dog with a 104.1 degree temperature, and, well, she's hallucinating. Not really the best condition to give a presentation that on which your career depends. So, after pleads from everyone in the office, she ends up in the hospital under the care of Ann.
"No, I can't go home. We have to get ready for the Chamber of Secrets."
-Leslie and Ben
But of course, her stay in the hospital doesn't last long. She escapes and ends up at the town hall with Ben, where she fights through her sickness to deliver a poignant, inspirational speech to the community's businesses. And it was brilliant.
Honestly, this episode reminded me a lot of last year's "Telethon," which had Leslie staying awake for 48 hours, all while fighting delirium and hallucinations. And frankly, I'm on board any time Leslie has to push through some type of obstacle because it always leads to a hilarious outcome (like taking a good two minutes to recite her favorite Friends episode as a way to kill time during the telethon at 3 a.m.). For example, on top of the brilliant quote above, when she showed up at the town hall and the "wall and floor had switched spots," seeing Leslie attempting to balance herself as she walked through the hall was one of the funniest bits of physical humor that the show has ever done.
"You had me at meat tornado."
Now in the B-plot, since all of Pawnee is sick, that means April's sick and Ron needs someone to fill in her assistant spot. Now, who's the logical fit? As always, the dimwitted, yet lovable Andy. Ron assigns him to his desk because he knows Andy is too stupid to figure out the phones and that means Ron can spend his time doing exactly what he loves best -- nothing. But then, something happens. Andy and Ron suddenly click. They're instantly best friends, sharing secrets on meat eating, talking Colts football, and even heading outside to toss the ol' pigskin around in the parking lot. Not only was this a great moment because Andy and Ron are both hilarious characters, and in turn, make hilarious friends. But damn, as I watched, I couldn't help wonder why hadn't I thought of this before? These guys are the perfect match. Of course they're going to both love meat. Of course they're both going to love football. One of Parks and Rec's best qualities is its capability to surprise you with things that you should expect, but don't. This was a perfect example of that. Plus? We got to hear Ron Swanson scream and giggle like a little girl.
Oh, Rob Lowe. Thank you for joining Parks and Rec. In "The Flu," you had your finest episode yet. Seeing the impeccable Chris -- who's body is "like a microchip" -- curled up in the fetal position on the hospital floor was something I very much appreciated. In fact, the whole montage of Chris' downward spiral was brilliant, and credit should be given to Lowe for his hilarious portrayal of Chris, which gets better every week.
On top of just being flat-out funny, Pawnee's town flu illustrated one of my favorite aspects of this show -- and that's Pawnee as a character. Underneath all the wackiness from each individual character, Parks and Rec is ultimately about Pawnee, or perhaps more accurately, life in small town America. You have a few people who are sick? Look out! It's an epidemic! Being from a town of 10,000 people, I can confidently say that when something like this happens, it's big news. It's not a bad thing, it's just the way small towns like this work. And I like that Parks and Rec doesn't ever make fun of the situations that Pawnee creates, instead, it just embraces them and illustrates how the people inside of this world feel.
"That was... That was Leslie Knope."
Well, the inevitable is happening. It appears that Ben and Leslie have some type of romance budding. I don't know if I'm on board with this, and I'd much rather have the writers keep the characters more of a Jack and Liz versus a Ross and Rachel. But, if they DO decide to pursue a Ben-Leslie romantic plot line, I hope it continues down a similarly charming path. Ben bringing waffles and chicken noodle soup was a bit corny, but Leslie only wanting the waffles was a clever switch and pretty cute. Oh, and speaking of cute, Andy kissing April in the hospital, only to complain about her forehead being sweaty but "still liking her," was adorable. If that were any other couple on television, that'd be a strange moment, but in Parks and Rec, it works. One of this show's greatest talents is embracing its goofiness, giving it the ability to turn a wacky scene into a charming one.
Have friends who you want to watch Parks and Rec? Well, "The Flu" is the episode to show them. From Leslie's hallucinations to the Ron and Andy guy time, it delivered exactly what Parks and Recreation is supposed to be, and would be the perfect episode to show your friends. Oh, and don't forget about Ladies' Night at the Snake Hole Lounge. I'll see you there at sunset.
S3E1: Last year, Parks and Recreation cleaned up the problems from its first season and emerged as one of the top comedies on television. NBC's brilliant response? Shelve the show for Outsourced -- an unoriginal, racist comedy that isn't funny. Fortunately, Parks and Rec FINALLY returned last night for a mid-season season premiere with an episode entitled "Go Big or Go Home." And, to no one's surprise, it was awesome.
"I called shotgun. Everybody heard me." -Tom
We ended last season with the City of Pawnee's government being shut down because of lack of money. Rob Lowe and Adam Scott joined the show as Chris Traeger and Ben Wyatt, budget evaluators from the state department, who are there to slash and cut the budget until Pawnee gets a functioning government again. We also saw Paul Schneider, who played city planner Mark Brendanawicz, leave the show.
Now, to quote Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope, "We're back!" The government has reopened after a three month hiatus, and in the episode's cold open, Leslie drives around Pawnee, grabbing and shoving each member of her Parks Department into her car (which gave us the hilarious scene of her throwing Jerry's painting of the pond scene into the pond).
But, we quickly learn that even though the Parks Department is back, there's still no money. So as Ben says, "We're in maintenance mode!" Unsurprisingly, that doesn't sit well with Leslie, who, as we all know, is a workaholic. During the hiatus, she spent her time brainstorming ideas and putting them in her color-coded "idea-binders." But fortunately for her, there is something that needs to be done: a basketball league. Because in Indiana, if you don't provide a basketball league, people get "very upset and throw things at you and call you names, like 'Turd Boy!'" There's a catch, though. There can only be two teams "who will have a great rivalry."
So within the first few minutes of the episode, we're already clear about what this season is going to be about. And that's simply, how can our local government hero, Leslie Knope, and her department function under the pressure of potential budget cuts? Sure, this may be an obvious route for the writers to take after the end of last season, but I don't think there's anything wrong with that. After all, without a Parks Department, Parks and Rec doesn't really exist.
"Under my tutelage, you will grow from boys to men, from men into gladiators, and from gladiators into Swansons. Behold! The Swanson Pyramid of Greatness." -Ron Swanson
Anyway, there's basketball. And who better to coach basketball than Ron-Fucking-Swanson? No one, that's who (especially not Andy Dwyer, the coach for the unfortunate other team). And that brings us to one of the best moments in "Go Big or Go Home": The Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. With building blocks like "Capitalism: God's way of determining who is smart and who is poor" to "Crying: Acceptable only at funerals and the Grand Canyon," Ron plans to turn these men from boys to men to gladiators to Swansons.
This moment is not only hilarious just because it's, well, hilarious. But more accurately, it's funny because this is who Ron Swanson is, and as viewers, we really wouldn't expect anything else. Parks and Rec has not only created these wonderful characters, but the writers aren't afraid to let those characters explore their world. So many times, shows get too comfortable with their characters and refuse to take risks, but thankfully, not here. Ron is funny because he does the things we least expect, but at the same time, those things (like framing a giant picture of a breakfast meal on his wall) don't surprise us one bit. So, of COURSE Ron is going to try to turn his basketball team into little Swansons. He wouldn't do anything else.
"Would you be cool doing things that a prostitute does?"
"Minus the money."
"Definitely yes, then."
-Leslie and Ann
Meanwhile, Leslie's still trying to get more money freed up for the Parks Department, so she devises a plan. She exploits Chris' determination to date Ann ("Ann Perkins!"), hoping that when she goes on the date, she can convince him to give the Parks Department some of that much needed cash.
I'd also like to note that I was really impressed with Rashida Jones. It's easy to brush over her in Parks and Rec because her character is similar to the one she played in The Office. But, last night, she stole the scene where she impersonated Chris. "Can I get you a drink? I like every single drink, in the world!" And in the same vein, I can't get over how funny Rob Lowe is as ultra-positive Chris Traeger. But until this point, I was a little bit worried because I thought Chris seemed a little bit one-dimensional. Sure, he's super positive all the time and that gag is funny, but it can only go so far, right? Well, last night we got another side of Chris -- a serious side. Turns out, the reason he is so positive is because he wasn't supposed to live past two weeks old. This brief, serious moment, delivered superbly by Rob Lowe, gave Chris more depth and gave us viewers more understanding of the character.
Anyway, of course Leslie ends up showing up at the date, along with Ben, but don't worry! Because Chris' dates only go "great" or "phenomenally," it's okay. So they decide to "take this whole date-plus-two-other-people thing up into the stratosphere."
"It's a foul! On number 50. He was double dribbling."
"But he's on defense!"
"That's a technical difficulty. That means Andy's team throws the ball from the stripy thing. Let's go!"
-Tom and Ron
Back in the B-plot, Tom's pissed that Ron is dating his ex-wife, so as the referee of the basketball game, he's decided to screw over Ron in every possible way. And that includes ejecting all of his players from the game so he's forced to forfeit. And really, it was sad to see Tom so hung up on his ex-wife. He must like her quite a bit, because he's no longer single and has a great girlfriend. Perhaps he's just jealous because it's Ron, and Ron is his boss? I'm not really sure. But this will no doubt be an underlying plot throughout the season. I'm a bit disappointed in Tom though. He's got a great girl (who's actually into him!), but he will probably end up losing her soon because of his actions this week.
"The newspaper's headline was 'Ice Town Costs Ice Clown His Town Crown.' They were big into rhymes."
Last year, we learned that Ben was mayor of his town at the age of 18, but ended up running it into the ground because, as he says, 18-year-olds are idiots. But now, we finally learn what happened, which also reveals why he isn't the world's biggest fan of the Parks Department. Turns out, when he was elected mayor, he used all of the town's money to create a winter sports complex called "Ice Town," which ended horribly and was the reason he got impeached. I had assumed for awhile that there was something in his past that made him hate the Parks Department so much, but now, we're finally given the answer. This is good for his relationship with Leslie as well, because now she understands a little be more where he's coming from, and will probably make things go a little smoother.
"Sorry, I was in Venezuela."
"Oh, (in a British accent) across the pond!"
-April and Andy
The endless cat and mouse game that Andy and April played last season ended sadly, with Andy telling April that Ann kissed him. Because April is April, she did the logical thing and went to Venezuela and picked up a boyfriend who can barely speak English.
Even though they were mad at each other, April and Andy's scenes together were terrific as always. As a couple, they work. There's just always been an issue between them -- mainly, age. But it looks like Andy doesn't care about that any more, and is dedicating this season to trying to win April back. Although this is funny, I'm a little weary of it because that's essentially what Andy spent doing with Ann. Sure, Desperate Andy is always funny, but I hope the show doesn't get lazy and rely on similar gags that he did with Ann.
"That, literally, was the most moving thing I've ever heard."
Leslie accidentally revealed her secret plan to Chris, who was pretty hurt by the whole ordeal. But, turns out, Ann actually likes Chris, apologized, and everything was all right. Following that was the biggest moment of the episode. After telling Andy that he needs to go for April no matter what, she ends up convincing herself at the same time that she needs to be proactive to help save the Parks Department. The solution? Put on the first Pawnee Harvest Festival since 1983. And with a rousing speech, she tells Ben and Chris that she's willing to place the Parks Department on the line for this festival.
So, the setup is complete. Parks and Rec won't spend its third season trying to fill a pit or build a park, but instead, putting on a Harvest Festival. And with a festival, as we learned briefly with last year's "Freddy Spaghetti" concert, there are many factors and issues to take into consideration -- plenty to keep us occupied over the next 20-whatever episodes.
If "Go Big or Go Home" is any indication, 2011 will be a big year for Parks and Rec. So grab yourself a Swanson and let's celebrate. Cheers!
Did you like The Town? Did you think Ben Affleck did a “wicked awesome jahb” with his second directing gig? Then you’ll like this news. Affleck is eying what could potentially be his next project; a film from this year’s Black List called American Bullshit.
It seems like a natural next step. The script by Eric Warren Singer is the story of Abscam, an undercover sting operation from the 1980s. There’s corruption and intrigue and politics, oh my. The film would take Affleck’s talents away from his hometown of Boston and into a whole new arena that could stretch his abilities. While Ben’s not officially on the project, I hope he signs on because it will be interesting to watch him make the shift to a slightly different kind of film.
If this project doesn’t pan out, don’t fret Affleck fans. He’s got two more ideas on deck; The Trade, which is about two New York Yankees who swapped wives in the 70s and would potentially star Affleck and Matt Damon and Replay, about a journalist who dies and wakes up in his 18 year old body only to relive his life over and over. (So like a very serious Groundhog Day?) No matter which film he ends up on, I think this is the start of an era of Affleck behind the camera, which unlike most of his starring roles in recent years, is actually kind of exciting.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has released its list of nominees for the annual BAFTA Awards, also known as the British Oscars or the only big awards show with a category just for British only. Surprise, surprise, the Brits have come out on top; the historical drama, The King’s Speech swept the noms with 14 in total. Close behind is Darren Aronofsky’s surprising thriller, Black Swan with 12 total nominations. The British Film category that comes in addition to the BAFTA’s “Best Film” category gives a second chance to 127 Hours, which doesn’t make the top five in the overall category but has the chance to take the top Brits-only honor. Also of note, 14 year old Hailee Steinfeld, who’s blowing audiences away in December’s True Grit, merits the grownup honor of a nomination for best lead actress for her role in the film (mini fist pump!).
While the awards will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One, sorry America, it’s still worth knowing which films made the cut.
And the nominees are:
• Black Swan - Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
• Inception - Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
• The King’s Speech - Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
• The Social Network - Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin
• True Grit - Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Outstanding British Film
• 127 Hours - Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson
• Another Year - Mike Leigh, Georgina Lowe
• Four Lions - Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
• The King’s Speech - Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
• Made in Dagenham - Nigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
• The Arbor - Director, Producer - Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan
• Exit Through The Gift Shop - Director, Producer – Banksy, Jaimie D’Cruz
• Four Lions - Director/Writer - Chris Morris
• Monsters - Director/Writer – Gareth Edwards
• Skeletons - Director/Writer – Nick Whitfield
• 127 Hours - Danny Boyle
• Black Swan - Darren Aronofsky
• Inception - Christopher Nolan
• The King’s Speech - Tom Hooper
• The Social Network - David Fincher
• Black Swan - Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin
• The Fighter - Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
• Inception - Christopher Nolan
• The Kids Are All Right - Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
• The King’s Speech - David Seidler
• 127 Hours - Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
• The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
• The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin
• Toy Story 3 - Michael Arndt
• True Grit - Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Film Not In the English Language
• Biutiful - Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira
• The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev
• I Am Love - Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
• Of Gods And Men - Xavier Beauvois
• The Secrets In Their Eyes - Mariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella
• Despicable Me - Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
• How To Train Your Dragon - Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
• Toy Story 3 - Lee Unkrich
• Javier Bardem – Biutiful
• Jeff Bridges - True Grit
• Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
• Colin Firth - The King’s Speech
• James Franco - 127 Hours
• Annette Benning - The Kids Are All Right
• Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
• Natalie Portman - Black Swan
• Noomi Rapace - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
• Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
• Christian Bale - The Fighter
• Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
• Pete Postlethwaite - The Town
• Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right
• Geoffrey Rush - The King’s Speech
• Amy Adams - The Fighter
• Helena Bonham Carter - The King’s Speech
• Barbara Hershey - Black Swan
• Lesley Manville - Another Year
• Miranda Richardson - Made in Dagenham
• 127 Hours - AR Rahman
• Alice In Wonderland - Danny Elfman
• How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell
• Inception - Hans Zimmer
• The King’s Speech - Alexandre Desplat
• 127 Hours - Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
• Black Swan - Matthew Libatique
• Inception - Wally Pfister
• The King’s Speech - Danny Cohen
• True Grit - Roger Deakins
For the full list of nominees, visit the BAFTA site, here.
When you think of classic animated films, you can’t possibly forget the features Disney has brought into our lives. Most of us grew up with at least a handful of cartoon epics – depending on the generation – and now with Tangled, Disney is bringing the long line of princess-themed animated features to a close. As they move on into their next phase of Disney magic with Rapunzel and her tower-escape accomplice, Flynn Ryder, it seems like an appropriate time to take a look back at Disney’s best trusty companions starting from the release of their first animated feature 73 years ago.
These friendly faces have been with us since Disney’s original glory days,providing the foundation for the sidekicks that followed them in the long line of animated classics. Despite the fact that they aren’t necessarily original characters, the Disney spin on them has made each beloved character synonymous with the Mouse House.
The Seven Dwarfs
Okay, I’m already cheating by picking more than one sidekick at a time, but you can’t really separate one dwarf from the others. In addition to providing comic relief and a few tender moments, Sleepy, Sneezy, Happy, Dopey, Grumpy, Bashful, and Doc were really the best friends a girl whose stepmom tried to have her killed and subsequently drove her into the woods could have. Not only do they take her in (once she wins them over by being the best, most helpful singing houseguest ever) but when Snow White falls into her poison apple nap, they overtake the evil queen and send her to her death. If that wasn’t enough, their adorable little beards and dig, dig, digging Hi-ho’s should seal the deal.
This tiny guy has become one of the Disney mascots, appearing in countless other cartoon ventures and singing the unofficial Disney theme “When You Wish Upon a Star,” but we fell in love with the little chirper back in 1940 when his heart, courage and bravery helped little Pinocchio find his way back to Geppetto and real boyhood. The puppet’s “official conscience” (he’s got a badge and everything) wasn’t actually supposed to see the end of the film according to the original story, but Walt Disney altered the tale and Jiminy's been a symbol of Disney magic ever since.
You really can’t say Disney without thinking of this spritely, stubborn little lady. Her pixie dust is sprinkled over almost every Mousey venture and if Mickey wasn’t Walt’s right-hand man, she could have a chance at giving the cheery mouse a run for his money as the most beloved Disney character. Of course, she earned her post by playing the trusty, yet feisty, sidekick to Peter Pan eventually putting her life on the line to save Peter from Captain Hook’s gift-wrapped bomb. Like Jiminy, Tink’s status as a Disney mascot has landed her roles in handfuls of other cartoons and films.
The Ultimate BFFs
These folks may not have special powers or super strength; they can be timid and they don’t always get it right, but their fierce friendship helps keep our heroes on track and in good company.
Winnie the Pooh is a lovable dope and his best friend is always there to help him along. He may be tiny, he may be squeamish, but his heart is ten times his stature. His sweet disposition and great capacity for friendship make him very special to the honey-loving bear. Piglet often overcomes his immense fear of dark, dangerous situations when it’s up to him to save the day.
Much like Piglet, Flounder is fearful but loves wholeheartedly and comes through when it really matters. As Ariel’s lifelong best friend in The Little Mermaid, the little blue and yellow fish supports her unconventional (and unpopular) affinity for human culture and is the one who eventually gives her the statue of Prince Eric that King Triton blasts to smithereens.
Aladdin’s little monkey doesn’t always do the right thing, but his heart always finds its way eventually. He probably causes just as much trouble for his partner in crime as he solves for him -- need I bring up the giant ruby incident in the Cave of Wonders? -- but he manages to overcome his often selfish and childish ways when it comes down to it.
The Class Clowns
These guys share some similarities with the Ultimate BFFs, but they keep us in stitches along the way and usually get their voices from big name actors. Every Disney character has a little humor for good measure, but these sidekicks raise the bar on animated funny.
Robin Williams’ blue genie changed the landscape of animated sidekicks forever. The actor did the unthinkable while recording dialogue for Genie – he improvised and adlibbed many of his lines, creating quite a bit of work for animators. Genie morphs into 52 different characters at-will throughout the film and proliferates laughs even in the darkest of times.
Timon and Pumbaa
I’m breaking the rules again, but you can’t have Tweedle Dee without Tweedle Dum and you can’t have Timon without Pumbaa. After they save young Simba from the desert, the duo help him adapt to jungle life and teach him the ways of their problem-free philosophy, Hakuna Matata (it means no worries, for the rest of your days), all the while allowing the Broadway-style antics of actors Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella to keep audiences giggling.
In addition to the fact that the little one-eyed, round, horned, skinny-legged monster from Monsters Inc. is funny-looking, his voice is provided by the classically hilarious Billy Crystal. As a scare assistant to the very large and very fuzzy professional scarer, Sully, Mike is wound a little tight. He attempts to keep Sully’s wistful decisions from causing bigger problems, but manages to make being uptight hilarious.
Villains need assistance too, even the evil queen in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs has her magic mirror. The best of the bad guy sidekicks are often hilarious and sometimes equally as hapless, but they always manage to muck it up for the good guys.
Captain Hook’s only friend and first mate may not always be the most helpful pal; he may be an idiot from time to time; and his loyalty may be driven by fear, but he’s really all Hook’s got. The other pirates begrudgingly follow their cantankerous leader, but Smee bumbles and stumbles throughout Neverland never failing to serve his baddie bestie. It’s a kind of loyalty you could almost admire if it wasn’t pointing in the wrong direction.
Flotsam and Jetsam
These twin moray eels assist Ursula and planning the destruction of the beautiful mermaid princess, Ariel. They creepily finish each others’ sentences and spend most of their time with their tails tightly entwined, but the thing that makes these villains great evil sidekicks is the crystal ball and portal that they create when their yellow eyes combine. Without them, Ursula would have had a hard time keeping tabs on poor Ariel.
This foul, feathered friend does Jafar’s evil bidding in Aladdin and manages to create an appropriate setting for Gilbert Godfried’s grating voice (although we can enjoy momentary relief each time we watch the Sultan stuff a handful of crackers into the macaw’s mouth). He’s got a good heart somewhere in that little body and he’s usually good for a laugh, but he tends to cling to the dark side, giving Jafar the idea to marry Jasmine for control of the kingdom and using his mimicking skills to trick Aladdin and his friends.
Sidekicks are always there to help, but some could earn awards or medals for their guidance and assistance in our heroes’ and heroines’ romantic fates.
Though he may not actually have hands, Lumiere manages to act as a helping hand, allowing The Beast and Belle to eventually find common ground. He acts a sort of double agent because while he’s undoubtedly The Beast’s closest friend, he’s also the one that defies The Beast's rules and coaxes Belle out of hiding when she's locked in her room. He may be a bit of a ladies’ man, but he manages to help bring the troubled yet fated pair together.
Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian is a Disney original. Though he wasn’t part of Hans Christian Anderson’s original story, the film wouldn’t be complete without the Jamaican crustacean. He starts out as Triton’s right-hand man and vows to watch after Ariel, but when he sees how she longs for dry land his heart overcomes his brain and he follows her to keep her from harm. He provides the perfect romantic setting once on land, cooing “Kiss The Girl” to help coax the handsome prince into kissing the newly be-legged Ariel.
He may be the newest member on the sidekick roster, but Ray definitely deserves a spot on the list. The firey, Cajun firefly is a hopeless romantic who despite his toothless grin oozes Bayou charm and selflessly devotes himself to helping Prince Naveen and Tiana find their way to the voodoo priestess so they can undo their froggy forms in The Princess and The Frog. The sweet little bug’s undying love for the Evening Star whom he refers to as Evangeline is what eventually helps Prince Naveen uncover his deep love for Tiana.