Disney Character Names

Monday, August 15 by Tracy Schooler

Walt and Roy Disney created the Disne Brothers Cartoon Studio on October 16, 1923 no knowing that people worldwide would one day be so familiar with many of the Disney character names.  One of the largest companies worldwide, their creation we now know as The Walt Disney Company.  They are responsible for producing movies, television, books and other media as well as owning several of the largest and best-loved amusement parks around the world.  Nearly everyone knows the Disney character names like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Cinderella; however, over the years The Walt Disney Company has created many other lesser-known characters too.  Here are a few of the best, worst, and most unusual Disney character names that have come from Walt Disney movies.

Cruella de Vil  

The villainess from “101 Dalmatians” is as terrible as her name sounds.  This is the most evil Disney character name ever.  Acclaimed actress Glenn Close portrayed the character in the live action version of the movie.  She is probably one of the best-known villains in a Disney movie, the character was even mentioned in the song “Let me Entertain you” by 1970’s rock band, Queen.

The Featherduster

Just one of several supporting characters from 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast” that didn’t have a “real” name.  These minor characters were household employees of the beast that the witch’s spell transformed into everyday objects.  Don’t fret however, in the direct to video sequels she becomes known as Fifi.

Flotsam and Jetsam

A pair of eels that are minions of Ursula the Sea Witch, these Disney character names are amusing to everyone who watched “The Little Mermaid.”  Kids liked the cute rhyming names, while adults tried to remember what flotsam and jetsam actually is.  For those who are wondering, these Disney character names come from the debris of a wrecked ship, or cargo that was thrown overboard.

Mushu

If it is not the only one, this is certainly the best Disney character name that was derived from a food product.  This pocket-sized dragon voiced by Eddie Murphy provided most of the comic relief in 1998’s “Mulan.”

Dumbo

Of all the Disney character names, this probably caused the most tears.  The name became the perfect schoolyard taunt for children who had bigger than average ears.  Dumbo was the nickname of an elephant named Jumbo whose ears were so large they allowed him to fly. 

-Tracy Schooler

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