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Forest Animals (Sleeping Beauty)

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Forest Animals
Background information
Feature films Sleeping Beauty
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams (two birds and a squirrel)
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions Sleeping Beauty's Cottage
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Eric Larson
David Pruiksma
Hal King
Voice Dallas McKennon (Owl)
Performance model
Inspiration Forest Animals (from Snow White), Birds (from Cinderella)
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Kind, friendly, energetic, creative, encouraging
Appearance Brown owl, brown squirrels, gray rabbits, and many different colored birds (including a cardinal and bluebird)
Occupation Forest Fauna
Alignment Good
Goal To protect and help Princess Aurora
Home Forest
Allies Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Samson
Powers and abilities
Fate Unintentionally lead Prince Phillip to Aurora

The Forest Animals are minor characters in Disney's 1959 film Sleeping Beauty. The only human character who seems able to speak to them is Aurora, whom they make it their priority to protect and help throughout the film. Deer, chipmunks, birds, rabbits and squirrels inhabit the forest. The animals are primary used to justify many of Aurora's lines; rather than talking to herself, she is addressing her animal friends. Like Snow White, Cinderella and, to a certain extent, Belle and Jasmine, Aurora is deprived of contact with the outside world and finds friendship in the animals around her due to living in the forest for most of her life.


Sleeping Beauty

They are first seen when Aurora goes to pick some berries. As she sings "I Wonder," a few of her friends join her as she daydreams. She expresses her deep sorrow that she has yet to meet anyone beyond the forest. She tells the animals of her constant dreams of meeting a prince, and they appear excited and happy for her. As she is distracted, a few of the animals, including the owl, a squirrel, a cardinal, a bluebird and two rabbits (this group seemingly being her close friends), sneak off where they take Prince Phillip's cape, boots and hat. The animals close themselves and pose as a prince to encourage Aurora to pursue her dreams. As she dances with the animals, Phillip follows them where the animals watch intently as the two dance off together.

Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

Two of Aurora's friends, the cardinal and the bluebird, come visit her at the castle as the kings, the queen, and Phillip leave. They chirp and Aurora is undoubtedly able to understand them, commenting back.



  • The Owl made a small cameo appearance in the 1960 Disney animated short film, Goliath II.

v - e - d

Films: Sleeping Beauty | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams | Maleficent | Descendants | Maleficent 2
Television: House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First
Video Games: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep | Disney INFINITY | Maleficent Free Fall | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition
Books: Little Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Classic Storybook | My Side of the Story: Sleeping Beauty/Maleficent | The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty | Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's Maleficent | Big Golden Book | Sleepy Time with Aurora
Music: The Legacy Collection: Sleeping Beauty | Maleficent (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Disney Parks

Sleeping Beauty Castle | Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant | The Golden Mickeys | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom


Sleeping Beauty: Princess Aurora | Prince Phillip | Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Maleficent | Diablo | King Stefan | Queen Leah | King Hubert | Forest Animals | Samson | Maleficent's Goons | Minstrel
Enchanted Tales: The Duke
Maleficent: Forest Army | King Henry | King Henry's Army | Fairies


Spinning Wheel | Shield of Virtue | Sword of Truth | Maleficent's Staff


King Stefan's Castle | Forbidden Mountain | Aurora's Cottage | Forest | Moors | England


Hail to the Princess Aurora | The Gifts of Beauty and Song | I Wonder | Once Upon a Dream | Skumps | Sleeping Beauty

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