The List: Top ten animated melancholy characters
Melanincholy Festival doesn't look to be a melancholy event, but the name reminds us of the term for infinite sadness, malaise and ennui. So grab a Himalayan salt lamp and some St. John's wort — here are 10 of the most melancholy animated characters we could think of.
You probably think of him as merely a villain, but a certain despondency also imbues the (spoiler alert) murderous uncle from “The Lion King.”
He's maybe more grumpy than melancholy, but there's no denying this green ogre's blue state of mind.
8. Dumbo's mom
The circus separated her from her kid, and she (understandably) does not handle it well. This poor elephant would probably be higher on the list if “Dumbo” didn't have a (spoiler alert) happy ending.
7. Carl Fredrickson
Like Dumbo's mom, the elderly star of “Up” has very good reasons for his sadness, which are encapsulated in one of the most heartbreaking montages in animation history. Tissues required.
6. Squidward Tentacles
You might be apathetic and doleful, too, if your octopus character on “SpongeBob SquarePants” had “squid” in its name and only six legs.
5. Barney Gumble
Barney is Springfield's town drunk on “The Simpsons,” and there's a pervasive disconsolation to his plight that comes to the fore during an episode in which Gumble stars in a short noir film titled “Pukahontas” that ends with the ultimate melancholy sentiment: “Don't cry for me, I'm already dead.”
I know the regularAlivereaders at Pixar probably think that a character who is the physical manifestation of sadness is bound to win this category. And Sadness from “Inside Out”is cracking the top five here, but years from now, will her blue face be remembered as well as others in this list? Only time will tell. (But no it won't.)
This jowly dog was the creation of Tex Avery at MGM, and his forlorn, sad-eyed face said it all. Droopy also has the Hulk-like ability to pulverize enemies many times his size if provoked to anger.
2. Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown's lugubrious walk is about as melancholy as it gets, and his friends often push him further into despair by lobbing insults (blockhead, weak, dumb) at him. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, he's the Charlie Brownest.
Winnie the Pooh is the marquee name, but when it comes to gloom, A.A. Milne's gray, stuffed, despondent donkey with the tacked-on tail is the GOAT.