Monday 25 June 2012


          Disney Pixar's Brave marked a new era for Pixar movies by being the first one with a female protagonist. But this isn't the first time that a Pixar movie has had fascinating, and frankly brilliant female characters. I saw this list done by someone else and I just needed to do one with my choices.

Honourable mentions: Princess Atta from A Bug's Life, Roz from Monsters Inc., Helen/Elastigirl from The Incredibles and Sally from Cars.

10) Elinor from Brave
This is perhaps the biggest surprise in the list, but I loved Queen Elinor so much. She is strong and kind and loving and a great mother. My favourite scene of hers was when she just walks down a huge room full of brawling Scots and everyone just stops fighting. She is one no-nonsense lady.

9) Jessie from Toy Story 2 and 3
Jessie is a perfect example how Pixar manages to marry joy and sorrow perfectly in their movies and their characters. She is spirited and funny, but in Toy Story 2, we see her backstory and see where she comes from. She is a great addition in the toy gang. Also her scenes with Buzz are just adorable.

8) Ellie from Up
Okay so she's only in like the first 10 minutes of the movie, but we feel her presence throughout. I think Ellie is like the idea of a perfect soulmate. Her relationship with Carl is just beautiful, and her "great adventure" as revealed towards the end of the film is heartbreaking and lovely.

7) Colette from Ratatouille
Chef Colette is a total badass! A woman trying to make her way in the world of men, and she will not stop at nothing. Though she seems scary at first, we see that she is a really nice person and just wants to be appreciated. She is a sensible and smart modern woman.

6) Violet from The Incredibles
I connected with her the most in this film. Shy at first, Violet comes on her own during the course of the film and becomes a super duper young woman by the end of it. I think she's a great role model for young girls.

5) Eve from Wall-E
Wall-E's robotic and cool love interest is actually really cute. Her anger, her power, her love, her concern for Wall-E, everything! She's the great love in the epic life story of Wall-E, and we can't help but love her too.

4) Edna Mode from The Incredibles
Oh she is so friggin' awesome!! "No capes!" She is the Miranda Priestly of the animated world and I want to be her so bad.

3) Boo from Monsters Inc.
Dawwww. I love Boo. I love that big furry monsters are scared of her at first and then love her towards the end. I love the way she laughs. I love love love the way she says "Mike Wazowski!!!!" Pixar has a fantastic record of children in its movies, and Boo is maybe the greatest, and certainly the cutest, of them all.

2) Merida from Brave
That marvelous, gorgeous, odes-inducing hair aside, Merida is a totally incredible character. Free-spirited and feisty, she just wants to live normally and be the person she is, and not what others want her to be. Still she makes mistakes and learns from them. A truly excellent role models for girls, and for film makers because this is exactly how a female protagonist should be like.

1) Dori from Finding Nemo
She is perhaps one of the greatest characters ever, animated or not, brought to life by the superb voice work of Ellen DeGeneres. Not only is she hilarious with her short-term memory ailment (I swear I have regular bouts of that), she is an amazing friend and companion. I mean Finding Nemo is sort of like a road movie underwater, and Marty the clownfish could not have found anyone better to share his journey and search with. She's friendly and helpful and does not have one bad bone in her body, and that is completely believable because she's such a clueless riot too :)

Hope you enjoyed this. GO PIXAR!!


  1. Awwwww, why is this list so full of awesomness?!
    My top three favorites have to be Boo, Merida, and Eve.

    I saw Finding Nemo a long time ago, but I never watched it in English. Now I have to for I didn't know that Ellen voiced Dori. I'm totally curious to see/hear it in the original language now.

    1. Because Pixar is so full of awesomeness!!

      Oh you should watch it. She does a really brilliant job. I mean people talk about her being nominated for an Oscar even.

  2. I love all ten plus the honourable mentions!! Interesting that Edna Mode isn't voiced by an woman at all, but by director Brad Bird!!

    1. Thanks. I knoww! But she's so fabulous.

  3. Oh my gosh, I love this list! Why can't all films create wonderful female characters like Pixar does so well?

    1. Thanks. I don't know :( They should really learn something.

  4. Adorable post! I haven't seen Incredibles and Ratatouille yet, though plan to catch the latter tomorrow, it will be a nice break from The Wire. Love the number 1 choice, Finding Nemo is my number 2 movie by Pixar right after Wall-E. Eve is indeed lovable!

    1. Thanks! Oh do watch it. Also The Incredibles. You may like Edna too.

      Number 1 is the best and Eve is adorable :)

  5. AnonymousJune 05, 2013

    Where's Princess Atta?
    Also, EVE should be #1

    1. She's in the honourable mentions.
      Eve is adorable but no one beats Dori for me.