In the Year of the Monkey

MonkeyHappy Lunar New Year! Starting today, we’re officially in the Year of the Monkey. According to Chinese myth and legend, monkeys represent curiosity, mischievousness, and cleverness. In honor of this auspicious year, meet my three favorite Disney monkeys—intellectual and creative despite their seeming stupidity:

Sal Minella
(from The Muppets Muppets Tonight)
Sal MinellaSal is a Simian assistant and security guard for Johnny Fiama (a Sinatra-style crooner). I just love him–he’s the definition of the squeaky wheel, always making sure that Johnny gets exactly what he needs … no matter who he has to verbally assault to get it. The best thing ever: He also negotiates the price of Johnny’s groceries for him.

(from the 1992 Disney film Aladdin)
AbuIf you need a partner-in-crime, this is your dude. Actually, if we’re being honest, he’d be a terrible partner. He just really loves to steal, and since he’s a monkey, he’s not entirely too concerned with being caught. Because he can definitely run/swing/escape faster than you. Despite that, I can’t help but love this little scamp.

The Monkey
(from the 2010 Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 3)
The MonkeyHe. Is. Terrifying. He is also a cymbal-banging Musical Jolly Chimp toy who serves as Lotso’s night watchman at Sunnyside Daycare. Despite what it looks like in that photo up there, The Monkey isn’t all bad. He’s actually pretty cute. Especially when he’s wearing star-shaped glasses and boogieing down to some disco tunes.

Do you have a favorite Disney monkey? Tell us about it in the comments!

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