The 10 Best Cartoon Villains - Part One: The Funny Villains
Cruella’s death’s head face, her schizoid black and white head of hair and cheekbones that look like she’s holding a double-pointed arrow in her mouth are nothing compared to her satanic, go-for-broke obsession to own those spotted dogs. (Freeze frame her close-up at 75:31 into the DVD and you’ll see what I’m talking about.) Cruella was animated by Marc Davis, another of Disney’s “nine old men” and voiced by Betty Lou Gerson in a once in a lifetime vocal performance. (Betty’s final IMDB credit is as the voice of “Frances,” a grande dame fish in 1997’s Cats Don’t Dance.)
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Hmm, looks like Disney dominated the roll call, snapping the top six slots and seven out of the ten. Too Disney-centric a list? Perhaps, but I calls them like I sees them. If I left out your candidate, perhaps he or she made it onto the honorable mentions list; a handful worthy of consideration in alphabetical order:
Jafar, Aladdin… The Toad, Flushed Away… Alameda Slim, Home on the Range… Megamind, Megamind... Medusa, The Rescuers… Plankton, The SpongeBob SquarePants movie... Wile E. Coyote, any number of Road Runner shorts – wait a second, how did this guy get in here? This is supposed to be a list of animated feature films villains. Oh well, let’s give this king of the losers an honorary spot – he deserves some sort of award for sheer dedication. (Did he ever stop to think he could dine for life on one tenth the money he keeps wasting on defective Acme Inc. products?).
Joe Strike is a regular contributor to AWN. He has written about animation, sci-fi and fantasy entertainment for the New York Daily News, Newsday and the New York Press. Joe has scripted the Nick Jr. series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and taught Mass Communications at New York's St. John's University. He is currently hosting “Interview with an Animator” [animator.interviews.com], a series of audience-attended conversations with noted figures in the animation community at a variety of New York City venues, including the Paley Center for the Media, The Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Joe can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.