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50 Greatest Talking Movie Animals

Fiver in Watership Down

The Real Animal: A fluffy, frisky bunny that spends its days munching on your prize cabbages and ruining your lawn.

The Movie Animal: Fiver, Watership Down ’s rabbit-sized hero gifted with real vision when it comes to averting the end of the world.

Best Quote: “Look. Look. That's the place for us. High, lonely hills, where the wind and the sound carry, and the ground’s as dry as straw in a barn. That's where we ought to be. That's where we have to get to.”

Steve in Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

The Real Animal: A Vervet monkey that lives in Africa. It likes eating bird eggs and young chicks, as well as grasshoppers and termites. Charming.

The Movie Animal: The coolest monkey you ever did see, equipped with a Speak and Spell thought translating device that lets Steve verbalise the inner workings of his brilliant mind.

Best Quote: “Gummi bears!”

Skipper in Madagascar

The Real Animal: A penguin. A bird that lacks the ability to fly. Yawn.

The Movie Animal: Spotlight-stealing CGI penguin Skipper, a lovably paranoid commando obsessed with getting back to the homeland – no matter what the cost.

Best Quote: “Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave.”

Milo And Otis

The Real Animal: A tabby cat and a fawn pug, both of which live for food, sleep and excretion.

The Movie Animal: This cuddly twosome come courtesy of Japanese cinema, and find themselves going on an adventure when they’re separated. Too cute for words.

Best Quote:
“Want some more dinner? Remember, you're eating for eight now!”

Fritz the Cat

The Real Animal: Another feline. Has the ability to lick bits you wish you could lick. Generally lazy and fickle.

The Movie Animal: The rudest on this list by a mile, Fritz is frisky as they come – and a smooth operator with the ladies.

Best Quote: “I’ve been up and down the four corners of this big old world. I’ve seen it all and I’ve done it all. I’ve fought many a good man, and I’ve laid many a good woman.”

Remy in Ratatouille

The Real Animal: A disease-infested rat, the likes of which populate the sewers and waterways of just about every city in the world.

The Movie Animal: Adorable, house-proud Remy, whose desire to cook completely baffles the rest of his clan – but whose drive pushed him on to bigger and better things.

Best Quote: “If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.”


The Real Animal: A chameleon, which has the nasty habit of disappearing before your very eyes. They also like staring…

The Movie Animal: Rango, who wears the coolest shirt ever (a nod to Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas ) and lives in the Wild West. Oh, and he’s voiced by Johnny Depp.

Best Quote: “I couldn't help but notice you noticing me noticing you.”

Mumble in Happy Feet

The Real Animal: Another penguin, this one an Emperor Penguin, the tallest and heaviest of all penguins. Not exactly something to brag about.

The Movie Animal: Cuddliest, happy-clappiest of all penguins, Mumble’s equipped with some of the coolest dance moves we’ve seen on screen since Saturday Night Fever.

Best Quote:
“It’s just like... singing, with your body.”

Aslan in The Chronicles Of Narnia

The Real Animal: Lion. King of the pride lands. Sleeps a lot. Yada yada yada.

The Movie Animal: Aslan, also known as ‘the Great Lion’ because, essentially he’s Narnia’s version of God. Which is pretty damned cool if you ask us.

Best Quote: “Peter Pevensie, formerly of Finchley. Beaver also mentioned that you planned on turning him into a hat.”

Sid in Ice Age

The Real Animal: A sloth, the laziest of all creatures and, weirdly, genetically related to armadillos and anteaters.

The Movie Animal: An endearingly clumsy chatterbox, Sid would annoy the hell out of you if you had to put up with him in real life. As a movie character, though, he’s hilarious – a lisping, accident-prone try-hard with a brain the size of a grape.

Best Quote: “Look, the tigers are just playing tag with the antelope... With their teeth…”