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Greatest Modern Animated Characters: Five Roles That Live on Through the Big Screen

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 03:20 PM

Great movie characters do not need to be flesh and blood creations. Modern animated characters have offered a window to exploring themes and stories that resonate with younger and older generations alike. Animated characters can make you laugh, cry or think long after their on-screen adventures come to an end.

These five modern animated characters rank among the greatest characters of any genre because of their timeless quality:

Shrek

Fairy tale formulas and cliches get turned inside out in the “Shrek” movies, thanks to the title character. Shrek is an ugly swamp-loving ogre who inspires fear in local villagers. He rises above those circumstances to become an unlikely hero, winning the heart of a princess and defeating villains at every turn. “Shrek” and its sequels offer stirring lessons against discrimination and judgment.

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Homer Simpson

On the surface, Homer Simpson seems to personify a lazy working-class idiot. He is so much more than a simple cliché. “The Simpsons” TV series and “The Simpsons Movie” both show that Homer loves his family and will do anything to help them and make them happy. His heart is in the right place even amid zany behavior. That's what helped to make Homer a pop culture icon. In 2015, Entertainment Weekly named him the greatest fictional character of the last 20 years.  

Simba

The emotional journey of Simba is a core element that makes “The Lion King” a timeless animated classic. He comes of age by witnessing his father's murder as a cub and then returning as an adult to avenge his father and claim his kingdom. Simba must choose between a carefree lifestyle and ending his uncle's oppressive rule. DVDizzy.com noted that Simba was modeled after Biblical deliverers Moses and Joseph. 

Woody

Childhood is seen through the eyes of toys in the “Toy Story” trilogy. Woody is the favorite toy among a young boy's toys whose existence is threatened by everything from a new toy to the boy passing from childhood into adulthood. The desire to have children play with them drives each toy's thoughts, actions, and emotions. Woody is their passionate leader in this quest for relevance – making him a sympathetic figure.

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Elsa

Do you want to build a snowman? Elsa causes trouble with her ability to create snow and ice at will, plunging her kingdom into eternal winter. She fears her powers and wants to hide her true nature so she can be seen as a good girl. In the end, love for her sister helps Elsa embrace and control her powers. Online, many debated why Elsa was more popular than Anna. One Quora user wrote, “Elsa became a cultural lightning rod with one line. During ‘Let It Go,’ Elsa sings, ‘Let it go. Let it go. That perfect girl is gone.’ With that one line, Elsa became a symbol for everyone who has struggled to declare freedom from some standard of behavior or image to which they feel they cannot conform, and affirm that they are good enough as they are.”  

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Great movie characters do not need to be flesh and blood creations. Modern animated characters have offered a window to exploring themes and stories that resonate with younger and older generations alike. Animated characters can make you laugh, cry or think.
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