Mickey and Minnie and 14 Other Animal Couples We Love
Love is in the air, and we're celebrating with a Disney movie marathon. Specifically, we're binge-watching every movie on Disney+ that give us hope that true love is still out there.
If stray dogs and ducks with anger issues can find love, there might be hope for us yet. Which cute animal couple is your favorite?
Mickey and Minnie
Mickey and Minnie are the original animated animal couple. Their faces are a Disney trademark, and visitors to Disneyland can't help but buy a pair or two of Mickey and Minnie ears to take home. They're Valentine's Day icons, but what's their story?
While they're portrayed as perpetually dating, the mice are happily married. Although Mickey occasionally gets jealous of Minnie's ex-boyfriend, Mortimer Mouse, Mickey and Minney's relationship is rock solid. If we're still going on dates and opening doors for each other after nearly 100 years, we'd call our relationship a success, too.
Kermit and Miss Piggy
The relationship between Kermit and Miss Piggy is tumultuous and confusing, but we're not going to stop following it anytime soon. According to Insider, they've had an on-again, off-again relationship for decades. They married once but split up in 2015.
Are they friends now? Lovers? It's hard to say, but we're living for the Miss Piggy-Kermit relationship drama.
Simba and Nala
Simba and Nala grow up as best friends, and that's what makes their future relationship so strong. While Simba is king, Nala is no pushover. She's strong, smart and independent — and never hesitates to put Simba in his place. She teaches him a lot about responsibility, and she's Simba's equal in leadership and fighting skills.
Through years of friendship and adventure, they manage to develop a relationship based on mutual love, admiration and respect. We'll have what they're having.
Lady and the Tramp
If you didn't try to recreate the spaghetti scene from "Lady and the Tramp" as a kid, did you even have a childhood? The Tramp is a friendly stray who falls for an unlikely lady. Literally, he falls for a pampered cocker spaniel named Lady.
Tramp is initially streetsmart and proud of his independent lifestyle, but he adapts to life as a pet after he and Lady marry and have a litter of puppies.
Donald and Daisy Duck
If yin and yang were a couple, they'd behave a lot like Donald and Daisy. Donald has some pesky anger issues, and while Daisy loses her temper too now and again, she does her best to reign in his meltdowns.
The couple met while stuck in an elevator. Donald confesses that it's frustrating when no one can understand his voice, but Daisy understands him perfectly. They bicker, but they fight fair and always make up in the end.
Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws
If you thought Puss in Boots was the suave, swashbuckling sneak of the story, wait until you meet his love interest. Kitty Softpaws was declawed after she tore up one too many sets of curtains and promptly ran away. Her newly soft paws turned out to be an advantage in her new life as a thief.
She's independent and trusts no one but herself, but she eventually warms up to Puss. She even comes to his rescue when he's captured by guards. Imagine what havoc their kittens will wreak.
Bambi and Faline
The best part of Bambi's relationship with Faline is that it's founded on friendship. He's shy when he first meets the pretty fawn, but the shyness melts away when they begin to play. Bambi tries to impress her, showing off that his spots are fading and his antlers are beginning to come in.
The best moment is when they reunite as young adults, recreating the moment they first met. Bambi is shy once again, but Faline knows what she wants. Bambi's frazzled, but she licks him on the cheek, and he falls into a daze of adoration.
Duchess and O'Malley
"The Aristocats," made in 1970, is one of Disney's best animated rom-coms ever. It was inspired by the true story of a family of cats in Paris who inherited a fortune. As you can imagine from the picture, Duchess is the wealthy heiress. She has three cuddly kittens to care for, but the scheming butler tries to rob the feline family of their inheritance.
In swoops an outgoing, streetsmart alley cat named Thomas O'Malley. He's an independent ladies' man until he sets eyes on Duchess. He loves her enough to rise to the occasion, helping her regain her fortune and stepping in as a father figure to her beloved kittens. It's one of Disney's few examples of a kind stepparent, and we're here for it.
Tito and Georgette
Antagonists don't usually get mentioned, but Tito and Georgette are too amusing to skip. The posh poodle Georgette in Disney's 1988 version of "Oliver & Company" starts out as the antagonist to Oliver the cat. She's vain and self-absorbed, with a typical poodle cut and an attitude to match.
Meanwhile, tiny Tito hasn't the faintest idea of how tiny he is. He's fiery and flirtatious, and he's the only dog around who's brave enough to flirt with the spoiled poodle. Tito isn't so sure about Georgette's plans to dress him up and make him take a bath, but we're confident the unconventional couple made it work in the end.
Pongo and Perdita
If we were puppies, we'd want Pongo and Perdita to adopt us. Perdita is the elegant, poised parent, while Pongo is bubbly and fun-loving. They balance each other out in stressful situations when Perdita needs Pongo's optimism to calm her worries. Once Cruella comes to town, however, Perdita's poise flies right out the window.
See, while the pair have opposite approaches to parenting and life in general, Pongo and Perdita make an amazing team. When it comes down to it, all they care about is protecting their family, and they'll both do whatever it takes to keep their puppies safe.
Robin Hood and Maid Marian
It should come as no surprise that Maid Marian and Robin Hood earned a place on this list. Their love story is a classic tale of romance. They grew up together, and Marian flourished into a stunning, lady-like noblewoman.
Robin Hood is much more rough around the edges, but his love for Marian stands the test of time. At the end of the story, the foxes ride off into the distance for their honeymoon.
Bernard and Bianca
In 1977's "The Rescuers," Bernard and Bianca are an unexpected power couple. They have instant chemistry, and both of them bring something special to the table. Bianca has class, a sense of adventure and confidence, while Bernard is caring but shy. Even though he's afraid, he always shows up for Bianca.
We love that they defy gender standards of the era, with Bianca portraying a woman who's feminine, fearless and loving all at one time.
Tod and Vixey
In the "Fox and the Hound," Tod and Vixey are destined to be together. Tod falls for Vixey after he's released into the wild. She's always a few steps ahead of him, but his heart's in the right place.
His attempts to woo her are a little off-base, especially since his survival skills are next to nonexistent, but he swallows his pride and lets Vixey show him the ropes.
Bonnie and Stu Hopps
Bonnie and Stu Hopps are the parents of Judy Hopps, the protagonist of "Zootopia." They're the kind of couple we all roll our eyes at but secretly hope to be one day. They're affectionate and protective, hoping Judy will become a simple carrot farmer instead of risking her life (and dignity) to become a bunny police officer.
When they realize she's not backing down, they step up and support her, sending her off to the big city with a bottle of fox repellent. Good parenting right there. They also must have a pretty solid marriage considering they have 276 children.
Jenny and Charlie
Jenny and Charlie are the parents of Dory, the forgetful fish from "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory." Jenny's a loving worrywart who balances out Charlie's good-natured dad jokes. For all his goofiness, Charlie is a protective family man. Err, family fish. Together, they're an adorable aquatic couple that teams up to keep their forgetful little girl safe from harm.
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