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Differently-Abled Disney/Pixar Characters: How Many Can You Name?

Here’s a post I wrote awhile back that was featured on WDW Fan Zone. I thought you might enjoy it!

Just for fun, how many Disney (or Pixar) animated characters can you think of that are different or differently-abled in some way? I recently posted this challenge to a group on Facebook and, surprisingly, we ended up with a fairly extensive list! I started the list with a few characters that came to mind right away:

dumbo1

Dumbo came to mind because of his ears!

Nemo and Dory

Nemo had a “lucky” fin; and Dory had short-term memory loss

From there, the list of characters simply grew and grew! Here’s what we came up with — do you agree with them all? Why or why not?

 

Pinocchio – made of wood; no strings

Donald Duck – speech

Carl Fredrickson – mobility; used a quad cane

Grandma Odie (Princess and the Frog) – visually impaired

Quasimodo – (Hunchback of Notre Dame) anatomical deformities

Piglet – anxiety and stuttering

Abby Mallard – speech

Dormouse (Alice in Wonderland) – Narcolepsy

Mad Hatter – mental health issues

Hook-Hand Thug (Tangled) – amputee/hook

Long John Silver (Treasure Planet) – amputee/peg leg

Chip (Beauty and the Beast) – damaged teacup

Lilo (socially awkward) and Stitch (anger and attention/hyperactivity)

Fa Shu (Mulan’s father) – frail and disabled

Willie – giantism

The Seven Dwarfs – Dopey (speech) Bashful (social anxiety) Grumpy (anger management issues)

Finding NemoPearl, the octopus, inks herself when she gets nervous, the seahorse was H2O intolerant, the sharks were in a sort of addiction-recovery (“Fish are friends, not food) and Gill from the fish tank had traumatic injuries.

Timon and Pumbaa were social outcasts.

 

Well, can you think of any more? I’d love it if you would list them in the comments section!

Thanks for reading,

~ Kathy

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  1. lolo June 28, 2014

    Peg leg Pete! One of Mickey and Minnie’s original bag guys to tussle with. Ariel when she first got her legs was not able to speak. Such fun to think about all the characters in a new way!

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