Click through our countdown of the 25 characters who take the top spots in our hearts ... and our DVD collections. We found flying fairies, flatulent warthogs and femme fatales in our quest to name our 25 favorite animated characters. We came up with toon characters that entertain us, make us laugh ... or scare us a little bit.
Check out our countdown of the 25 characters who take the top spots in our hearts ... and our DVD collections. -- By Ed Tahaney
25. Jessica Rabbit ('Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' 1988)
"I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way." True that. Kathleen Turner provided her sultry voice in this animated/live action mix that won three Oscars; the bombshell's look was inspired by Tex Avery's Little Red Riding Hood and classic Hollywood stars like Lauren Bacall, Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake and Lana Turner. Va va voom, indeed.
24. Cheshire Cat ('Alice in Wonderland,' 1951)
The mysterious striped cat with a crescent-moon smile befriends poor Alice in this Lewis Carroll classic. The floating feline prankster can disappear and reappear at will and gives our heroine cryptic directions that usually get her into more trouble. Character actor Sterling Holloway -- also known for his work in 'Winnie the Pooh' -- lent his falsetto voice for the trickster.
23. Carl Fredricksen ('Up,' 2009)
The cantankerously lovable 78-year-old Carl Fredrickson is an instant classic. Ed Asner is the older voice of Carl, the grumpy old man who's a combination of Asner's 'Lou Grant' TV persona and Walter Matthau's role in 'The Bad News Bears.' Fredrickson's dreams of a South American adventure in his fly-away house really picks 'Up' up and away in this fun fable.
22. Lumiere ('Beauty and the Beast,' 1991)
Voiced by Jerry Orbach (best known as Lennie Briscoe on 'Law & Order'), Lumiere -- the Beast's chef who was turned into a candlestick -- gives his boss advice on how to impress Belle. Orbach based his take on suave French actor/singer Maurice Chevalier. 'Beauty' was the first animated movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar; it lost to 'The Silence of the Lambs.' C'est la vie.
21. Mike Wazowski ('Monsters, Inc.,' 2001)
Billy Crystal regretted turning down the role of Buzz Lightyear, so jumped at the chance to play Mike Wazowki, a green Cyclops living in Monstropolis, where children's screams are converted into power. Mike and his big hairy pal Sulley have their hands full when cute little Boo enters the picture. Who knew that monsters were afraid of kids?