Ugly Cute: Animated Films

Disney

  • Glen Keane absolutely had this in mind when designing Beast for Beauty and the Beast.
  • Anastasia from Cinderella is portrayed as one of the "ugly" stepsisters, but as her inner goodness developed in the sequels, she veered into this category.
  • Olaf, the gawky looking snowman from Frozen.
  • The peg-legged, sharp-toothed, gravel-voiced Fidget the bat from The Great Mouse Detective (though he's terrifying in his first appearance).
  • Quasimodo from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Of course he's considerably less ugly than he was supposed to be in the book.
  • Stitch from Lilo & Stitch. Sometimes very cute. Sometimes very not cute, especially when he's in one of his Killer Rabbit moods.
    • All of the experiments apply. You could also count Jumba and Pleakley, too. And Lilo's doll, Scrump. Let's just face it: Chris Sanders loves Ugly Cute.
  • Nearly half the non-human cast of The Princess and the Frog, especially Ray.
  • Tick Tock the Crocodile from Disney's adaptation of Peter Pan. On the one hand, he's a crocodile with a taste for human (in this case Captain Hook's) flesh with razor sharp teeth. On the other hand, he's so goofy-looking and his antics with Hook are so funny that you can't help but find him endearing.
  • The Big-Nosed Thug at the Snuggly Duckling in Tangled, who reveals himself to be a hopeless romantic in the number "I've Got A Dream".
  • Wreck-It Ralph has Turbo. Basically picture the adorable Kick Buttowski as a zombie.
    • Ralph and Felix themselves qualify, but is quite justified since they are "8-bit" characters.

Pixar

Dreamworks

Tim Burton Stop-Motion

  • Some fans of Corpse Bride consider the title character, Emily, to be rather cute for a rotting corpse in a tattered wedding dress whose eye occasionally falls out.
    • Her Peter Lorre maggot has his own charm.
  • Most of the cast of The Nightmare Before Christmas who aren't the leads, who are more traditionally cute. Even the vampires are adorable!

Blue Sky

  • Scrat from Ice Age probably qualifies with that long snout, big eyes and pointed fangs of his. The fact that he's essentially the film's equivalent of Wile E. Coyote probably helps.
    • Sid is also very weird looking with his wide-set eyes, big nose, and crooked teeth all the way down to his slothy hips. He's clumsy, awkward, and is voiced by John Leguizamo in a tone that goes from normal with a lisp to shrill and girly. Everything about him is absolutely huggable.
  • Rio: Tyler "Blu" Gunderson.

Other studios