Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mothers reading this! I thought today would be a perfect time to celebrate some of the best Disney/Pixar moms we have come to love. This list of moms worth celebrating is in no particular order and takes the meaning of mom to many levels.
1. Helen Parr (The Incredibles, 2004)
“It wasn’t fair for me to suddenly ask so much of you. But things are different now. And doubt is a luxury we can’t afford anymore, sweetie. You have more power than you realize. Don’t think. And don’t worry.“Helen to her eldest children, Violet and Dash
Not only is she a bad ass superhero, but Helen is also a quick witted and driven housewife and mother. She married fellow superhero, Mr Incredible and had three super children, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. When her family is threatened by the super-villain, Syndrome, she must keep everyone composed and ready for anything in the battle of their lives.
2. Sarah Hawkins (Treasure Planet, 2002)
“Jim, I just don’t want to see you throw away your entire future!”Sarah to her son, Jim
Sarah is a single mother living on the planet Montresser with her headstrong, teenage son, Jim. She owns and runs the Ben-Bow Inn, all by herself with very little help from Jim, most the time. She struggles to keep month her business and her son afloat. Jim became rebellious after his father left when he was a child; Sarah has been there to support Jim’s dreams, even the treasure hunting kind, with a kind, loving soul.
3. Queen Arianna (Tangled, 2010)
“Plus est en vous. It means there is more in you.”Queen Arianna to he daughter, Rupunzel
When she was pregnant with Rupunzel, she became very sick and both her life and her babies were at risk. She drinks from the Golden Flower and becomes better and gives birth to a healthy child. When her child is kidnapped, she doesnt stop searching for her. For 18 years, her and the king send glowing lanterns into the sky on Rupunzel’s birthday every year, in hopes she finds her way home. Although Queen Arianna doesn’t have any speaking roles in Tangled (2010), you are able to see the emotions she feels about her daughter in every one of her scenes. She is given a chance at a more motherly role in the the two Tangled spin-off series, where we see a supportive and encouraging side to her.
4. Nani Pelekai (Lilo and Stitch, 2002)
“I’ll tell you what. If you promise not to fight anymore, I promise not to yell at you, except on special occasions.”Nani to her younger sister, Lilo
After their parents die in a car crash, Nani who is only a teenager herself at age 19, has to take over the guardianship role to her younger sister Lilo. Nani has to become more of a parental figure than a sister, this causes tension between the two. Nani’s only goal is to protected Lilo and is devoted to keeping her out of social services’s care. She gives up her younger years in order to allow Lilo to have hers be as normal as possible. She is selfless and shows great loyalty in taking over as a motherly figure to Lilo.
5. Laurel Lightfoot (Onward, 2019)
“I am a mighty warrior!”Laurel to herself
Laurel is not like most Disney/Pixar moms. She is one of the few that have a huge part in the main plot of the movie. While pregnant with her second child, Laurel’s husband passes away. With fitness being a top priority for her, she raises her two sons, Ian and Barley, in a good household. She is put to the test when her two son’s quest go astray and she embarks on her own quest to stop the Curse Dragon and save her boys.
6. Jill Andersen (Inside Out, 2015)
“Thank you. In spite of everything, you’ve stayed, well, you’ve stayed our happy girl!”Jill to her daughter, Riley
After Bill Anderson gets relocated for work, the family is forced to move from Wisconsin to California. Jill stays true to her loyal wife and motherly nature. She is concerned though when Riley starts to show signs of depression and rather than passing Riley’s emotions off, she is there for her daughter showing sympathy and with her understanding, compassionate ways. She encourages Riley to show her feelings and grow from them.
7. Grandma Tala (Moana, 2016)
“There is nowhere you could go that I won’t be with you.”Grandma Tala to her granddaughter, Moana
Moana does have a wonderful mother, but we find she has a deeper connection with her grandmother. Grandma Tala is the keeper of ancient stories and is known to be quirky and eccentric. She builds her relationship with Moana off of trust, support, and independence. She knows Moana is capable of more and shows her the way. She gives Moana hope when it is just about lost to her whole island.
8. Queen Elinor (Brave, 2012)
“Legends are lessons, they ring with truths.”Queen Elinor to her daughter, Princess Merida
In the beginning of her story we see Queen Elinor as a strict, stubborn, and unyielding mother to her daughter, the princess of DunBroch, Merida. Though she only means best for her daughter, wanting her to both educated and knowledgeable but also more of a princess than just a young lady. With younger triplet boys and this torn relationship between her and her daughter she pushes Merida too far. After a curse gone wrong, the two are forced on an adventure to find their true bond once more. By the end of the movie we see Elinor being the compassionate, thoughtful, and understanding mother we always knew she could be.
9. Aunt Cass (Big Hero 6, 2014)
“Have I been perfect? No! Do I know anything about children? No! Should I have picked up a book on parenting? Probably!”Aunt Cass to her nephews, Hiro and Tadashi
After Hiro and Tadashi’s parents die they are taken in by their humorous, spunky, Aunt Cass. She may not have understood everything about parenting but she nurtured and supported her nephews in every aspect of their lives (except bot fighting). When Tadashi dies in a building fire, she is left to mourn and grieve with Hiro. She does everything she can to give Hiro the life he deserves and break him of his depression, without pushing to far. She takes on the mother role with multi-colors and really shows just how much loving, tender care you can give to the ones you love.
10. Kala (Tarzan, 1999)
Tarzan: No matter where I go, you will always be my mother.
Kala: And you will always be in my heart.Kala to her human son, Tarzan
After Kala lost her first born to the leopard Sabor, she became depressed and separated herself from her band of gorillas. Until one day she heard baby Tarzan crying, alone in tree-house in the jungle; his parents on the floor dead. Sabor attacked again and this time Kala fought back for the strange babies life. She took him back to her band and her husband, the leader, Kerchak. This did not go over well but she continued to fight for the life of a baby human. She raised him as her own with all gentleness and calmness she could bringing up a human child in the African jungle. She did everything to make Tarzan feel like part of the family because in her eyes their was no difference between them, they were family.
There are many other Disney/Pixar moms that are worthy of celebrating as well, to name a few: Chicha, Perdita, Sarabi, Eudora, Raksha, Duchess, Mrs. Potts, and Andy’s mom.
I hope all the mothers out there had a fantastic day. Each and everyone of them deserves it. Now time to sit back and watch one of these Disney/Pixar moms to celebrate on this Mother’s Day.