Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies

Our favorite pup is hitting theaters this week in "Clifford the Big Red Dog," and to celebrate we've picked out the top 10 loyal companions in movies.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies: Clifford the Big Red Dog

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He started as a giant cartoon dog that we would read about as a kid. Then, this doggo pawed his way to our television set in his animated series. And now the pooch is leaping onto the big screen in "Clifford the Big Red Dog" for generations old and new to enjoy nationwide. Though this new big, red dog may look a little more realistic than the Clifford we're used to. It looks like we'll be having just as much fun with him, if not more! So, to commemorate Clifford's ongoing journey in our lives, we've picked out 10 of the most loyal companions that you'll find in movies. And make sure to check out his new flick in theaters this week.

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    Donkey ('Shrek')

    Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies: Donkey

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    The companion of all companions, he’s the whole package and then some. Here’s a hint, “Now I'm a FLYING talking donkey!” You guessed it - Donkey from "Shrek." This 2001 DreamWorks classic gave us an unlikely duo, an ogre (voiced by Mike Myers) and a donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy), who started with a quest to save a princess, and ended up with a lifetime friendship.

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    Scooby-Doo ('Scooby-Doo')

    Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies: Scooby-Doo

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    This team, and their beloved canine, is first on our list to call if we need help solving a case. Hop into the “mystery machine” and take a ride with Shaggy, the gang, and his loyal companion, Scooby Dooby Doooo! These two knuckleheads may cause a lot of mischief to find “Scooby snacks”, but at the end of the day, they always catch the bad guys…and that’s great.

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    Chewbacca ('Star Wars')

    Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies: Chewbacca

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    There are plenty of loyal companions from various movies on this list, but this next companion is what we'd define as a "ride-or-die" companion. Chewbacca, or better known by friends as Chewie, is Han Solo's right-hand Wookie. If you look back on the Star Wars franchise and think about who the most iconic duo is, there's only one right answer.

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    Genie ('Aladdin')

    Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies: Genie

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    If we’re talking about age-old companions, this one rules the roost. Name the sidekick that can turn their partner from a peasant into a prince…and is blue, has a goatee, and can fly. Yes, he’s Genie (voiced by the late great Robin Williams) from "Aladdin." Before his Academy Award-winning role in "Good Will Hunting," Williams was a whimsical genie in a bottle, with a mouth that could barely keep up with the classic jokes emanating from that big ‘ol blue head of his...for that, we’re forever grateful.

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    Olaf ('Frozen')

    Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies: Olaf

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    Before we dig too deep on this one, first, “Do you want to build a snowman?” The famous words known around the world from this Disney film (the highest-grossing animated film of all time) refer to a lovable, insatiable snowman named Olaf. He’s the best friend we all wish we had, and he’s as loyal as they come.

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    Sebastian ('The Little Mermaid')

    Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies: Sebastian

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    King Triton's most dependable Jamaican crab, Sebastian, not only answers to the will of Triton but also watches over his mermaid daughter, Ariel. Though his allegiance is to King Triton, his friendship is to Ariel. What makes him such a loyal companion is that he leads with what he feels is right in his heart. And when you lead with that, sometimes you're forced to say hard truths instead of pretty lies. But even if it might be hard, being truthful is what it means to be a true companion.

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    Mushu ('Mulan')

    Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies: Mushu

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    One quality of a great friend is strength (e.g. - they should make you stronger than you would be on your own). Mulan may be one of the most famous female warriors, but she didn’t get there by herself. With help and training from her dragon friend Mushu (Eddie Murphy, pre-Shrek), she was able to take on the extra load and become the legendary hero she is today.

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    Pumbaa and Timon ('The Lion King')

    Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies: Pumbaa and Timon

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    A companion sticks with you through the good and the bad. They pick you up when you’re down, and they’re always there for you. Simba couldn’t be luckier because he actually has multiple companions that fit these criteria. Who might these loyal friends be? As the lyrics go, “Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze! It means no worries, for the rest of your days!” Timon and Pumbaa are Simba's epic partners in play.

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    Lassie ('Lassie Come Home')

    Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies: Lassie

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    There’s nothing greater than the love shared between a child and their canine friend. When they’re separated, it can make life very rough. Lucky for her owner, loyal dog Lassie is willing to fight tooth and paw to make it back to the homestead.

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    Toto ('The Wizard of Oz')

    Top 10 Loyal Companions in Movies: Toto

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    "I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." It’s a classic quote from Judy Garland’s Dorothy in the classic film, but remember to whom she was saying it? None other than her trusted companion, Toto. With Toto by her side, she isn't afraid to stand up to the Wicked Witch of the West, who even threatens, "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!"

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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