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20 Of Our Favorite Talking Animals

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    Who doesn't appreciate an adorable animal? Better yet, who doesn't appreciate an adorable animal that can talk? The truth is that some of film and television's most lovable, colorful characters have been of the furry, feathered, finned, or four-legged variety.

    They can be cute (An American Tail's Fievel). They can be wise (The Lion King's Rafiki). And they can be funny — more so than most humans (Shrek's Donkey, Aladdin's Iago, The Little Mermaid's Sebastian, Finding Nemo's Dory).

    Disney's new movie Zootopia, starring the voices of Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Shakira, comes out on Friday. In celebration of its release, we've rounded up 20 of our top talking animals in film and TV. Enjoy!


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    Robin Hood, Robin Hood (1973)

    Robin and Little John aren't just BFFs — Robin especially has got real political potential. He's the original man of the people — just the sort of affable socialist unafraid to take from the rich and give to the poor.

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    Dory, Finding Nemo (2001)

    Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, doesn't have a very long memory — in fact, it's just a few seconds long. But Dory's upbeat attitude and adventurous spirit make her the perfect companion for Nemo's dad Marlin. Plus, she's great with whales. Get excited — Finding Dory comes out June 17!

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    Donkey, Shrek (2001)

    Is Donkey Eddie Murphy's greatest role ever? It's a distinct possibility. Shrek's unlikely sidekick Donkey is non-judgmental of the ogre. He's hilariously un-self-aware. And, he makes you waffles in the morning.

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    Puss In Boots, Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek The Third (2007), Shrek Forever After (2010), Puss in Boots (2011)

    Antonio Banderas lends his voice to the most stylish orange tabby in leather boots we've ever seen. A Zorro-type vigilante, Puss In Boots entertained audiences so much with his saucy attitude and fancy footwork that he spawned a whole feline franchise.

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    Babe, Babe (1995)

    Mild-mannered misfit Babe couldn't be more endearing or vulnerable. Seriously, you might need to rethink the bacon, people. The pink little piggy has the herding talent of a well-bred Border Collie. He ends up bravely finding his inner voice to become an unlikely barn leader.