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:
Dumbo came to mind because of his ears!
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 Nemo – Pearl, 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,