January is a pretty depressing month, but I’ve found at least one ray of sunshine. Disney’s new movie Tangled has, in the role of cute animal sidekick, a chameleon. And he’s called Pascal! Watch the video and see if you can resist him…
Chameleons are up there with some of the weirdest and most adorable animals – which makes me wonder why Disney never thought of this before. We’ve had cute robots in Wall-E, a cute crab in The Little Mermaid, and even a cute firefly in The Princess and the Frog.
Pascal seems quite fast and feisty compared to real chameleons – I think a big part of their charm is their worried expression and the way they often move as if they’re very old and infirm. And their crazy turret-mounted eyes, swivelling around in different directions, also give them an endearingly nervous look.
But can chameleons growl like Pascal? Or is this a special Disney characteristic? Judging by posts on chameleonforums.com, this isn’t normal. Pascal might even have a respiratory infection if he was doing this in real life. But every Disney sidekick needs a voice, and it’s great to see these lovely little reptiles getting some fame!