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Forest Animals
Background information
Feature films Sleeping Beauty
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams (two birds and a squirrel)
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
Designer
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)
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Forest Fauna
Alignment
Alignment
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To protect and help Princess Aurora
Home Forest
Relatives
Pets
Allies Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Samson
Minions
Enemies
Likes
Dislikes
Powers and abilities
Weapons
Fate Unintentionally lead Prince Phillip to Aurora
Quote

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.

Appearances

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.

Gallery

Trivia

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


Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty textless poster

Films and Shows: Sleeping Beauty | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams | Maleficent/Soundtrack/Free Fall | Descendants | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time

Video Games: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep | Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey

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 | Sleepy Time with Aurora

Characters: Princess Aurora | Prince Phillip | Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent | Diablo | King Stefan | Queen Leah | King Hubert | Forest Animals | Samson | Maleficent's Goons | Minstrel | Forest Army | King Henry | King Henry's Army | Fairies

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

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

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

Disney Parks: Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant | Sleeping Beauty Castle

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