Sometimes, words can’t do a situation justice. Sometimes, words actually CAN do a situation justice, but the character in question doesn’t have the ability to speak because it’s a hummingbird or cricket or something. Somehow, these non-verbal Disney characters are still able to show us exactly what they are about.
Flit might be the sanest member of the Pocahontas crew. When a new stranger from the other side of the world gets too close for comfort, Meeko is like “new BFF!”, Pocahontas is all curious, and Flit is like “NO, BAD IDEA, RUN AWAY.” And we know this from the look on his beak.
Not only does Dumbo have no lines in his self-titled film, he also literally renders us speechless because of #1 his cuteness, and #2 how sad he is in this scene. No words. It hurts. Talk amongst yourselves…
Meeko’s face says it all. It usually says things like “Pocahontas, are you serious?” or “John Smith, gimme those biscuits.” Breaking news: Meeko is the best, find out why.
Yes, you, Carpet. This guy not only doesn’t speak, but he doesn’t even have a face. Yet somehow we know that he is a really cool, sassy, adventurous kind of guy–erm–carpet. He seems like an in-the-know wisecracker, and that’s why we like him.
Tinker Bell is probably the only person who wasn’t on board with the Darling children coming to Never Land. We know because of that sour puss she had on for most of the film. But she kind of has a point: poor Tink just wants things to stay how they are, we’ve all been there. (Plus, who would want to share their best friend with a troop of pajamaed kids?)
The Woodland Creatures, Sleeping Beauty
Look at those faces. That’s a surprised owl face if ever we’ve seen one. If you’re going to dance around the forest alone without any shoes on, make sure you have clutch woodland creatures like Aurora had.
Maximus might be a horse, but he also totally has Rapunzel’s back and keeps Flynn in his place. He switches sides when he realizes that the job he was on wasn’t the right path for him, and eventually jumps off of a roof to save Flynn because it was the right thing to do. Now how could we possibly know all of that considering that Maximus is a horse? Because he’s emotive!
This beast. The expression on his face is pretty much a thesis for exactly what is wrong in the Tremaine household: a misplaced feeling of entitlement on the part of the Lady and stepsisters! Lucifer’s smug mug is a symbol of Cinderella’s oppression, and it’s only fitting that at the end, he gets told by Bruno and pals.
Pascal is also pretty sassy for a non-verbal animal. Like Maximus, he keeps an eye on Rapunzel, and another watchful eye on all of Flynn’s antics. And that scene when Rapunzel makes him a dress and he just looks like he wants to jump out of the tower but he won’t because he loves Rapunzel? Priceless.
Ooooooo, Mickey’s in trouuuuuuubbbllllle. That’s pretty much what Yensid is saying with his eyes right after he has to bail Mickey out of his failed attempt at ammateur magic. You do not want to get this look from your boss.