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Seriously Beastly List: The 7 Best Creature Sidekicks In Movie History

By Jodi Clager | Seriously Random Lists | April 7, 2014 | Comments ()


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I’m guessing that Rocket Raccoon will top this list once Guardians of the Galaxy is released, but he’s just sh*t out of luck for now.

Ludo - Labyrinth

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Ludo looks frightening, but he’s just a big sweetie! Yes he is! YES HE IS! Ahem. After being saved by Sarah, Ludo commits himself to helping her reach the Goblin King and rescue baby brother Toby. Ludo uses his brute strength and ability to call rocks to arms in order to protect his new friends.

Chewbacca - Star Wars Trilogy

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Chewie co-pilots the Millenium Falcon, works on it as a mechanic, fights with the Rebellion, and can rip off a man’s arms and beat him with them. He’s loyal, smart, and probably gives good cuddles when there aren’t any tauntaun innards to keep you warm.

Gizmo - Gremlins

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Sure, the entire army of psychotic gremlins in the movie are basically Gizmo’s fault because his species is so damned strange. I guess you have to make due with water for propagating your species when you don’t have genitals.

You have to admit that the little guy is sugary sweet to his new owner Billy, cuddling him and singing that gurgling mogwai song. It’s goddamn adorable, is what that is. Gizmo also helps Billy track down and destroy all of those asshole gremlins running all over town, flashing their Ken doll parts and killing people. All of this without punching Billy in the nads for feeding the evil mogwai after midnight, when really any time is after midnight and the kid should have let them starve to be safe.

Artax - The Neverending Story

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Some people would replace Artax with Falkor the luckdragon. Sure, Falkor flew Bastian around and had a goofy voice and those lashes, but he didn’t die in the fucking Swamp of Sadness. Artax carried Atreyu on his arduous journey and then he had to get sucked into the swampy goop made of children’s tears and The Nothing’s Jesus Juice. He was a good horse and he deserved better. I salute you, Artax, and I vow to name my next goldfish after you.

Steve - Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

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Steve the monkey is like a big ball of id covered in hair with a craving for gummi bears. He’s a faithful pal to Flint Lockwood, assisting him in his invention adventures and never turning his back on him. As an added bonus, he throws poop, has an obsession with mustaches, and eats bugs out of Flint’s hair.

M - Warm Bodies

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I say that zombies qualify as creatures and that M is one of the best. Even when his best friend, R, challenges the zombo status quo, M doesn’t murder him. When R starts talking real words and mooning over a live girl that he doesn’t want to eat, M is quizzical but doesn’t stop his friend. M even rallies the other zombies to assist R when it becomes clear that something is happening to all of them. Plus M never chomp-blocks his pal by munching on R’s lady friend. That’s a real pal.

Clyde - Every Which Way But Loose

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You wouldn’t expect an orangutan won in a bet to be a very good creature sidekick, but you would be incorrect, dumb dumb. Clyde lives with Philo and accompanies him on his long haul trucker job. Clyde is Philo’s confidante, drinking partner, cuddle pal, and mimic. He can drive heavy machinery, kiss enemies, cheer Philo on, and perform tricks. He is the Ultimate Creature Sidekick.







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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • NateMan

    I never trusted Falkor. Even as a child I viewed him with deep suspicion. There was always something menacing and vaguely pedophilic about that phallic dragon.

  • Laura

    Thank you for Ludo, and damn you for making me think of Artax.

  • Alicia

    Sir Didymus > Ludo

  • causaubon

    what? no love for shithead?

  • VonMelee

    Pan from The Golden Compass? Or Dug/The Bird from Up?

  • bastich

    What? No Doug from "Up"?!? Dude, this is a totally incomplete list and SQUIRREL!!!

  • Should Donkey be on this list? Or should Donkey absolutely not be on this list?

  • ViciousTrollop

    No Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon?

  • NateMan

    While I agree Toothless kicks major amounts of butt, he's no sidekick.

  • SVR

    Appa and Momo or GTFO.

  • Joey.blowey

    "Right Turn Clyde"

    That's goddamned right. Love me some Philo Beddoe

  • Andrew J

    Gizmo plays second fiddle to no man

  • Andrew J

    Also seriously Gizmo isn't the side kick, he's the main character! He's the one that gets shit done. That's like saying Hellboy is the sidekick to that human agent in Hellboy 1

  • idiosynchronic

    Chewie, is that an orgasm you're having, or are you just saying hi?

  • Lawrence Aggleton

    How do they understand?

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tum...

  • bastich

    Why can't it be both?

    Just stand at a reasonable distance away, and you'll be fine.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Excuse Me?

  • JJ

    For me, other notables:
    1) Hooch (because Hooch is crazy)
    2) Podo and Kodo from The Beastmaser. Pickpocketing ferrets!
    3) If M from Warm Bodies is eligible, then I have to say Bubo should be as well.

  • Laura

    Hooch!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    For serious on Bubo, man. Maybe Bubo would make a best robot sidekicks srl?

  • chanohack

    I just watched the Community episode with the Beastmaster references and nearly died. The world needs more Beastmaster, dammit!

  • Berry

    Do fauns count as "creatures"? Because if they do, I would like to nominate Mr. Tumnus. Specifically from the movie. Not because it's a good movie (it's not) but rather because James McAvoy manages to make him sexier than someone with goat legs has any right to be.

    That's probably one of those things we don't admit in polite society? Oh well.

  • doctormew19

    His "sexyness" was really creepy and came off very pedophile-y , at least to my peers and myself who where youngerish (early 20's) when it was in theater's and essentially ruined James McAvoy for so long...

  • Berry

    I can honestly say that the thought of Mr. Tumnus being sexy or creepy towards Lucy never occurred to me. And I was in my mid 20's at the time. So. Sorry for your bad experience?

  • BWeaves

    Can I make a "Men Who Stare At Goatse" comment twice in a week?

  • Berry

    You can, and you had to.

  • Dumily

    Have you seen "Trance"? Don't because it's terrible. But McAvoy made that role sexier than he had any right to. I can't figure out what it is with that guy. He's not someone I include in my top ten, but then I see him in a movie and bam! Sexy all over you.

  • Berry

    Exactly. He's kind of short and funny looking, but on screen... drool. Drool all over the place.

  • BendinIntheWind

    WHERE IS ABU?

    This list is invalid.

  • Alicia

    Or Jac and Gus-gus (Cinderella), or Sebastian, or Terk (Tarzan), or Timothy Q. Mouse (Dumbo), or any one of a dozen other Disney characters.

    Also, if we're talking cartoons in general, then you can throw in other characters, like Totoro, or, like someone else mentioned, Donkey from "Shrek".

  • My love for Gus-Gus is undying.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Agree to disagree on Terk (no I do not want to listen to Rosie O'Donnell for 2 hours), and I adore Totoro, but I don't think he really falls into the "sidekick" role.

    I think there's a pretty strong divide between sidekicks who can and cannot speak. I think Donkey is less of a "creature" sidekick, and more of a straight-up "Eddie-Murphy-type-sidekick sidekick". Maybe "companion" would be a better word? Gah, why is this so difficult?

    ETA: last sentence not directed at you, merely the idea that we're spending a lot of brainpower on gesticulating monkeys.

  • idiosynchronic

    'Where is Ein?', methinks.

  • BendinIntheWind

    OH MY GOD HOW DID I FORGET ABOUT EIN

  • Berry

    The one Disney movie reference I actually get! Which of course means I wholeheartedly support your outrage.

  • BendinIntheWind

    No exaggerating: I mimic this scene probably once every week or two -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

  • Tinkerville

    Fizzgig from Dark Crystal would like a word with you.

  • Three_nineteen
  • Sara_Tonin00

    fantastic. In college we had a running vagina dentata joke involving Fizzgig.

  • bastich

    Vagina dentata is no laughing matter! Never ever ever!

    /tries to walk away with legs crossed in fear

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