Greetings, my bloggerly chums!
Holy cannoli, my blog is four years old. WordPress helpfully reminded me of this on June 30th. As usual, I had completely forgotten about it.
As you may have inferred from that, I have no special anniversary post planned. Not that I would necessarily have one planned anyway. But…anyway…
On to the post I actually wrote.
We are going to be talking about two things that are dear to my heart: SIBLINGS and ANIMATED STORIES.
My siblings are amazing. I love them to death. I have been living with them for practically my entire life, and (consequently) we have all had major influences on each other. I don’t know what I would do without them.
I always love seeing some good sibling representation in stories. I am also an avid lover of animated movies. Today’s post will combine these things, as it is a list of some of my favorite siblings in animated movies and TV shows.
Hiro and Tadashi from Big Hero 6
Gotta love a good brother-sob-story, right?
Hiro and Tadashi lost their parents, and since Tadashi is several years older than Hiro, he ends up taking on an almost father-like role in his little brother’s life. Hiro complains loudly about Tadashi’s responsible behavior, but at the same time he loves and respects him and he needs his brother’s positive influence in his life.
Satsuki and Mei from My Neighbor Totoro
These girls are just the sweetest, most upbeat kids. They are filled with wonder and they love to explore the world around them, seeing magic everywhere. Satsuki looks out for Mei and the way Mei depends on her sister for support in the absence of their mother is so endearing.
Aaron, Mariam and Moses from The Prince of Egypt
Their relationship may be a bit strained since they haven’t exactly seen each other for somewhere between twenty and thirty years, but even so. Mariam still remembers following her little baby brother along the river and praying for him to grow up and come back to them. It may take Moses a second to come to grips with this, but ultimately he fully embraces his long-lost siblings.
Elsa and Anna from Frozen
(Not Frozen II. Just no.)
Elsa and Anna have a rocky relationship due to a huge miscommunication issue between the Grandpappy Troll and the girls’ parents (seriously, WHAT happened here), but they love each other very much, and after losing their parents they are the only family each other has. (If only they’d been able to deal with their massive codependency problem in the sequel, but NO.)
Fievel and Tanya Mousekewitz from An American Tail
These mouse children are from my childhood and therefore deeply nostalgic. For most of the movie they are apart, having been separated from each other during a storm on their way to America, but neither wants to give up hope that they will be reunited again, no matter what other people are telling them and it’s so adorable.
Sokka and Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender
Another example of siblings who rely on each other in the absence of their parents. Sokka and Katara have their share of sibling squabbles and they kind of drive each other crazy, but at the end of the day they rely heavily on each other for so many things and they love each other very much. I love seeing the way their appreciation for each other grows throughout the series.
The Grace Field orphans from The Promised Neverland
(No, it’s not your imagination that I’ve brought up this show/manga in practically every post since I first discovered it.)
These kids aren’t blood-related but they have grown up together and they care about each other as much as any biological siblings. I love the way that the older kids take responsibility for the younger ones…as well as for each other.
Arthur and Steve from Arthur Christmas
Arthur and Steve have extremely different ways of…existing. Arthur is haphazard, chipper and whimsical, while Steve is business-like, serious and practical. As you may imagine, this causes some tension in their relationship. But at the end of the day, they are still brothers.
Akari, Hina and Momo from March Comes in Like a Lion
THESE SISTERS. Since their mom is dead and their dad isn’t around (JERK), the girls are looked after by their grandpa (BLESS HIM), but a lot of the burden of raising Hina and Momo falls to Akari, as the oldest. The bond these sisters share and the way they try to remain positive and open in the face of tragedy is inspiring. And the way they join forces to look after Rei is a joy to behold.
Nani and Lilo from Lilo and Stitch
The squabbles are REAL, guys. Again, missing parents, and Nani is responsible for looking after her little sister. While the circumstances are more extreme here, a lot of the tension between Nani and Lilo reminds me so much of two of my own sisters. Like Sokka and Katara, Nani and Lilo often rub each other the wrong way, but ultimately the love shines through the frustration and that is a beautiful thing.
Zuko and Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender
Well…this is a bit of a diversion from the wholesome siblings I have been talking about thus far. But I had to include them. Azula is a fire-bending prodigy. And also a psychopath. She enjoys tormenting her brother Zuko, and isn’t upset at all to see him burned and banished by their father. Though there is pretty much nothing healthy about Zuko and Azula’s relationship, they are still SIBLINGS, and they have major impacts on each other’s lives. In this case, that’s not really a good thing. But for a story it’s GREAT.
Rei and Kyouko from March Comes in Like a Lion
I thought we should continue the diversion! Because the angst! This sibling relationship is the epitome of Unhealth, but like Zuko and Azula, I have to include it because it’s done SO WELL. Kyouko and Rei are foster siblings. Kyouko blames Rei for ruining her family. Rei also blames himself for ruining Kyouko’s family, and the guilt of that essentially defines him. Meanwhile, Rei is actually the sweetest child ever and just wants someone to love him. Henceforth Kyouko does everything in her power to make Rei miserable (while also relying on him for emotional support), even after he leaves their house. AND I JUST LOVE/HATE IT SO MUCH.
(Okay, on to something more cheerful…)
Ian and Barley from Onward
Ian and Barley have a FANTASTIC mom, but they lost their dad before Ian was born, which leaves a very real hole in their lives. They both have different ways of coping with it, but it effects them both equally. They are clearly very close to each other, but their personalities differ widely. Barley is always trying to push his brother to be more daring and adventurous, while Ian finds Barley’s antics to be both exasperating and embarrassing. Ultimately the way they build each other up and learn to appreciate each other is possibly very cliche but also one of MY FAVORITE THINGS EVER.
Moses and Ramses from The Prince of Egypt
Maybe not quite as uplifting of a brother story as Onward, but… So Moses and Ramses are adoptive brothers and they get along just great, aiding each other in all sorts of mischief, until Moses’ true parentage kind of threatens to destroy the happy life they have together. Their love for each other is strong, but conflicting loyalties end up tearing them apart. It’s rather heartbreaking, actually. It definitely had seven-year-old me in tears.
Ben and Saoirse from Song of the Sea
Like several of the previously mentioned siblings, Ben and Saoirse have lost their mother. Unlike many of the other older siblings, Ben does not slip naturally into a kind, nurturing, parent-replacement role. Saoirse admires Ben and just wants her brother to notice her and love her, but Ben is irritated by Saoirse and resents her. Nevertheless, he loves his sister (deep down) and sooner or later he figures that out and becomes the dearest, most protective older brother ever.
Honorable Mention (Since maybe this post shouldn’t go on forever)
Margo, Edith and Agnes (Despicable Me), Jack and his sister (Rise of the Guardians), Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack (The Incredibles), Princess Atta and Dot (A Bug’s Life), Toulouse, Marie and Berlioz (The Aristocats), Lenny and Frankie (Shark Tale), Franny, Gaston and Art (Meet the Robinsons), Rita and Liam (Flushed Away), Fei Fei and Chin (Over the Moon), Chaca and Tipo (The Emperor’s New Groove), Teresa, Martin, Timothy and Cynthia (The Secret of NIMH)
Well, that kind of turned into a sad orphan train… Why are so many sibling stories about kids who have lost one or more parents??
Anyway. Sibling stories are very dear to me. I just want more of them, please.
Thank you for reading! I probably wouldn’t have the motivation to keep doing this without all of your lovely support. Thanks for being so fantastic.
Who are your favorite animated siblings? Do you enjoy animated movies or TV shows as much as I do? Who is the best parent-replacement older sibling? Also, how long have you been blogging?