I’ve decided, after watching a movie last night I hadn’t watched in years and years, that I’d make a few top couples lists, based on a few criteria, and varying in number– this one will be based on the film being animated, but will not include Anime as that would make the subject far too big and far too hard to boil down to a nice Top List.
This can span from years and years ago, to recent animation, to stuff in between– whether Disney or not, CG or traditional, we’ll see how this list goes and see if anyone agrees with me, no? And soon to come in this series will be Anime, Game, and Television.
6. Shrek and Fiona (Shrek Series)
I know it seems a bit odd to start off with something so relatively new (even though the first film came out ages ago), but I honestly just can’t get over how awesome it is to see two Ogres in love and stuff– and how long it took Shrek to realise he’s a retard and his family is his adventure and all that. Honestly, I found it awkward that Fiona was so worried that Shrek would see she was an Ogre in the first film, like he’d find her unattractive because suddenly she looked like him. Yes, I realise the original premise was she didn’t want him to know she was an ogre so her new ‘husband’ wouldn’t find out, but honestly, you think she’d have been happy to have someone to share that with. All in all, the couple that almost wasn’t will always have a place in my heart.
5. Belle and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
Let me clarify this one by saying I do mean The Beast and not Prince what’s his name– I didn’t like him once he went all weird looking pretty boy (seriously, who finds that animated face attractive?) but was for some reason immensely attracted to his slowly developing concerned beast form. I think they, for better or worse, made a decent couple… well, if you overlook the whole part where he held her father prisoner and how the story was in no way like the original it was based on– regardless, I found them oddly endearing, especially the scene with the snowball fight. I don’t know what it is, but I like my men rough around the edges and sometimes a little hairy.
4. Hercules and Megara (Hercules)
I know, I know, it seems silly to put this on here considering the entire basis of the relationship was based on her being one of the first girls he ever really saw and her being the feminazi type of woman who tried to push him away and then betrayed him by working for his sworn enemy to bring him down– but hey, I’m a sucker for happy endings, and in the end that’s what they got. Meg may have started out all ‘I don’t need no man to keep me going’, but she did fall in love with him through trial and error and seeing how good his heart was, and even though his love seemed shallow at least he proved it by giving up godhood for her. Granted, the basis for this is completely different from what we’re shown, but not everyone can be totally historically factual, right?
3. Ariel and Eric (The Little Mermaid)
The Little Mermaid was one of my favourite movies as a little girl– I used to pretend to be Ariel while swimming in the pool and sing to myself, and so of course I had a crush on Eric even though he wasn’t exactly my dream boat– there was just something about him being my prince in shining armour that worked so well for me. It’s something about the way he fell for her even without the allure of her voice that makes things so appealing, and of course if you ignore the hit and miss accuracy from the original story, you find a rather lovely story all wrapped up in it to go along with their love. I don’t know, maybe it’s a childhood love I just can’t give up on.
2. Robin and Maid Marian (Robin Hood)
Robin and Maid Marian, oh sheesh, how do I even begin to start in on this one? I had an unhealthy love for that Fox growing up– I wanted a boy just like him; brave, daring, a little naughty, and utterly wrapped up with a delicious accent. My tastes have changed over the years as a whole, but a part of me is always going to be in love with the idea of my own Foxy Robin– it helps that his choice in woman is subtle in her power and grace, and never goes over the top with her need for rescuing. She has a way of taking care of herself, and I respect that, but everyone loves to be the damsel every now and again and Maid Marian is allowed that privilege with Robin every now and again, and it turns into one of those love stories I just want to see played out over and over again.
1. Dimitri and Anastasia (Anastasia)
This is the movie that started this post, to be honest. It’s the entire reason I decided I’d start doing this kind of thing again– I watched Anastasia and fell in love with Dimitri and Anastasia again. I just… I don’t know why I love it. It starts off awkward and grows into something real over time instead of the instant girl meets prince and falls madly in love within seconds type of deal. It’s intricate to the plot but not so overpowering that you wish it would just get out of the way and let the story take place. I love that kind of shit, and it’s obviously because it’s not a Disney production… I’m not bashing on Disney as a whole, a lot of the films on this list are Disney, but in the end it tends to be damsel in distress gets rescued and girl falls madly in love within an instant because he’s such a handsome guy– yet the ones I’ve chosen (with the exception of Ariel and Eric) seem to develop for other reasons. I suppose that speaks of my tastes as well as anything, and Dimitri and Anastasia are a perfect representation of that.
So there we have it, a peek into my mind and the way I fawn all over my beautiful couples– I plan to do more lists like this in the future, hopefully some about anime couples and other such things. People seem to enjoy reading those more than the other, yo.